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Hairstyle Changes Over The Years

April 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Remember when the cool hairstyles were to put your hair up in a bouffant style? Or like in the movie “Hairspray” all of the actors wear their hair in sort of a beehive look. Poofy hair and lots of body was all the rage back in the day. Now times have definitely changed and clothes aren’t the only thing that have been updated. Hair today still has lots of body and poof but has a much more modern look (partly thanks to our reality star friend, Snooki). We all know that hair doesn’t look the same as it used to but over the years, hairstyles have become different in stages.

Take, for example, the decade of the seventies. All of the styles from back then were filled with curls and volume. One of America’s favorite hairstyles of the seventies was Farrah Fawcett. Her hair was one of the most wanted styles of that time because of her luscious curls and gorgeous volume. Most women wanted their hair to be just like Farrah’s because of the beauty it gave off. Walking into a room with bouncy, blonde curls was very attractive and still is today. Color wasn’t as big back in the seventies as it is now, though. Compared to the seventies, lots of women’s hair in our time is very dead and dull because of over coloring or styling with straighteners too often.

Moving onto the eighties, hair transitioned into being much more edgy and “out there.” Madonna is the perfect example of this style of hair. Throughout the beginning of her career, she experienced many different styles that seem to haunt us all today. The term “business in the front, party in the back” definitely developed in this era. Madonna was one to sport the look of a spiked and short style near the crown, lengthening into a longer, layered style down the back. This is also when coloring hair became a bit more popular. Lots of males and females in this decade began experimenting with dye by coloring the ends or some strands of their hair in purple, blue, or pink. Compared to today, some kids still do this but not many grown women and men do it too often.

In the nineties, hair entered a time of messy and short. It was still a little edgy from the eighties but this time it was a small bit cleaner. Jennifer Anniston models the perfect “bob” style from the time that she was in Friends. Her hair was gorgeous because she created lots of layers and made a statement by tying in some highlights. She really inspired young and old women to play around with highlights and lowlights to get a softer or edgier look with their hair. The layers are still popular in today’s hairstyles and lots of women love to play with them to get more volume in their hair.

Although there have been many “eras of hair” so to speak, Americans have somewhat maintained certain elements of hairstyles over the years. If you noticed, there was a pattern of creating volume with each of the eras. Whether it be layers, curls, or color, women have always kept a common goal of having full and bouncy hair throughout the decades. Not many began using things like straighteners or coloring tools until the mid-90′s or so, but when they were discovered, it lead to today’s era. We have a pattern of “making statements” in today’s hairstyling times. We want to have fun hair that everyone will love and envy us for so we do whatever it takes to get all eyes on us. We may even turn back time and reflect on our previous eras to get that perfect style!

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