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Classic hairstyles through the ages 

Classic hairstyles through the ages 

This whole magazine is dedicated to our hair! So, why not find out how far hair trends have travelled over the years?

@geenahunt Which one is your favorite? 100 years of women’s hairstyles… this took forever #haistyles ♬ original sound – Ciara_makeup

1920:

When we think of the 1920s our minds jump to cabaret, speakeasies, feathers, long necklaces, tassels on dresses, cigarette extenders, and lots and lots of dancing – at least mine does. 

But the short and sharp bob was the go-to for fashionable women in the 1920s. The feminine fashion trends were often broken up by a masculine head of hair, and a razor-sharp fringe to pull it all together. After all, you couldn’t wear a headband and chareleston around with long luscious locks, could you? 

For the women who didn’t have naturally straight hair, they would use pins to set their hair into the slicked bob style. 

1930s:

I hate to say it to my fellow redheads, but platinum blonde was the way to go in 1930. A perfect small quiff with platinum curls was the rage amongst fashionable women. 

But at this time, following the reign of the short bob, short hair was still trending. This time though, women styled their hair at the length of their shoulders. 



1940s:

Goodbye platinum and hello long hair!

It wasn’t until the 1940s that longer hair came into fashion… with waves of course. Curled hair was still trending, but this time, add a side parting and you would have everyone gushing over you – at least that’s what the women thought!

Lest we forget about the bandana that were rocked by the working women amid World War 2 – you may have seen it on the famous female bicep propaganda poster “We Can Do It” that was circling at the time. 

Women working manual roles wore bandanas behind a small quiff of hair, looking elegant and powerful all at the same time – all hail these women!

1950s:

The demand for fashionable hair had changed again… yes, back to the short look we go. While waves and curls were still trending, women once again took to cutting their hair short – or at least pinning it up. 

But this time, don’t worry, any shade of hair would do – as long as it didn’t fall out of place!

This look was of course, inspired by none other than Marylin Monroe. 

Oh Marylin Monroe, AKA the Queen who dominated the 1950s. Not only was she a proud sex symbol, but Marylin was the top-billed actress of her time – with her films generating a $200 dollar income by the time of her death in 1962. 

While the glamourous Hollywood shorter hair came into fashion, the strong bandana look carried on emerging into society. The typical “1950s housewife style” was also the rage of the cool girls behind closed doors… But this time, add winged eyeliner, mascara and of course, red lippy. 

1960s:

Boom! The boyish hair style was back – it only took 40 years!

The 60s bought a political, musical, and sexual revolution – thanks to Marylin Monroe embracing her flirtatious nature on stage. Girls wore their hair short and slicked, with long straight fringes or bowl haircuts. Just like her up there… one of the most world renound models – Twiggy. 

But some women preferred some volume. Topped with a headband that was inspired by the iconic bandana look that emerged in the 1940s, women would backcomb their hair on the top, keep a quiff at the front, and then place the headband in the centre of their head. 

1970s:

The 1970s was all about volume and blow outs, similar to the style inspired by Matilda Djerf today! And yes, the guys joined in on this one too!

Bouncy waves and flicks were worn by most women in the 70s, but this time, the headbands were dropped. 

The hairstyle also being known as “disco hair”.  As we know, music was all the rage in the 70s, with festival goers, flares, and hippies coming out of their shells all over the western world. 

1980s:

From hippy and free to a bit more, rock and roll! The layers were taken to another level, with a mullet style shorter hair on top. 

To achieve this look, women used so much gel and mousse so that their hair would stay in place while they were rocking out to Whitney Houston, Elton John, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and of course – Duran Duran. 

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Also great news! Many young women in Europe and North America started to dye their hair a rich burgundy or auburn – inspired by the famous Breakfast Club actress Molly Ringwald. 

Hooray to red hair trending again for the first time since Queen Elizabeth I in the 1600s!

1990s:

Hello to straight hair! Finally!

Along with baggy jeans, mesh tops, and Dr Martins, straight hair also came into fashion. 

Women would straighten their hair so much, it almost looked greasy! Inspired by Rachel on Friends, which first aired in 1994, Frizz Ease was one of the best-selling products of that time!

Layers were lost, but the side parting came back in fashion. 

2000s:

80 years on from the slicked straight bob and cigarette extenders, women started to drop the perfectly practiced and placed hairstyles and replaced it with a looser and messier looking style. 

Bring on Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne, women incorporated crimped pieces of hair, plaits, and some spikiness to their look. 

One quick search of Y2K fashion will show you all things trending in the early 2000s. 

2023:

Jump to now, and everywhere you look there is a hairstyle inspired by an icon that ruled any era of the 1900s. 

Slicked buns are all the rage, as is a slicked shoulder length bob inspired by Kourtney Kardashian, and of course the Matilda Djerf blowout that must have increased Dyson sales by more than 100%!

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