Beloved style icon Iris Apfel once said, “If your hair is done properly and you have on good shoes, you can get away with anything.” She makes a good point – your hairstyle is a major component of your style that directly affects how you feel on a daily basis. Great hair days have come in numerous forms throughout the years, and we’re stepping back in time to take a look at some of the most iconic and influential looks associated with each decade. Get ready for some serious hair inspiration, ladies!
The Roaring Twenties
Recreate classic 1920s flapper style with the decade’s signature bob. This chin-length style was worn by film stars such as Tallulah Bankhead, Louise Brooks, Myrna Loy and Clara Bow. If you’re too afraid to make the cut, simply opt for a faux bob by tucking your hair under and securing it in place with bobby pins. The ‘20s are also known for Signature Marcel finger waves and embellished headbands. This decade known for its decadence is represented well in films such as The Great Gatsby, so study Carey Mulligan and Mia Farrow for style inspiration.
The Turbulent Thirties
In the 1930s, hairstyles on average got a little longer with looser curls and slightly undone updos. An emphasis was placed on the nape of the neck for a romantic twist that looked softer and more lived-in. Actresses like Fay Wray, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, Carole Lombard and Joan Crawford all embody iconic ‘30s style with their gentle curls and neck-grazing cuts.
The Flying Forties
The 1940s saw the rise of Rockabilly style as well as glamorous, cascading waves. Best known for its unique take on bangs, this decade gave us Lena Horne’s iconic forward rolling bangs (also called victory rolls) and Bettie Page’s super short baby bangs. Fluff bangs were also popular among ‘40s babes, while pompadours, pin curls and pin-back styles took center stage. Veronica Lake’s flowing waves and Rosie the Riveter’s scarf updo held their own, as well.
The Fabulous Fifties
You know their names, and you covet their timeless looks. The 1950s introduced us to some of the most iconic Hollywood bombshells in history, and their hairdos were just as impressive. From Marilyn’s platinum waves and Audrey’s polished pixie to Elizabeth Taylor’s Italian cut, these styles helped define this fabulous decade. To capture the essence of the ‘50s, pull long hair back into a high ponytail or chignon. For ladies with shorter hair, flip the ends of your bob out a la Jackie O., or brush them under to mimic Grace Kelly’s Hitchcock-blonde locks.
The Swinging Sixties
Who doesn’t love ‘60s hair? Free-spirited and bold, the hairstyles of this decade are effortlessly feminine and range from the shortest pixies to the longest tousled waves. Mia Farrow’s pixie cut for Rosemary’s Baby is still the source of modern haircutting inspiration, while Jean Shrimpton’s hot roller curls have the perfect amount of body. As any Pinterest girl can report, Brigitte Bardot’s flaxen bouffant and peekaboo bangs are still as lust-worthy and relevant as ever.
The Disco Seventies
The disco era brought us more than the Bee Gees and “Stayin’ Alive.” It also gave way to some incredible hairstyles that ranged from minimally chic to wild and free. Think Farrah Fawcett’s wispy wings, Peggy Lipton’s stick-straight strands and Cher’s soft perm. Center parts took precedence with straight styles, while the pageboy offered a new take on short cuts.
Which of these vintage hairstyles is your personal favorite? Tell us which decade you love in the comments section below!