The best way to tell when a photo was snapped? Take a look at the hair, or course! Hair trends have the uncanny ability of sparking memories of years past, and almost always prompting the questions, “What was I thinking?” Celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, Farrah Fawcett, Cher, and Jennifer Aniston were the front runners of cutting-edge trends that became the definitive style of that era. This gallery features the “it” hairstyle of years and decades past, along with tips on how to maintain such a look, if you’re interested in taking a stroll down memory lane.
Audrey Hepburn’s Short Bangs
The 50’s and 60’s zig-zagged from structured curls to the beehive to the flip and everything else you can think of. There was one constant though – the short, above-the-brow fringe which was most famously worn by the legendary Audrey Hepburn. Make sure you shampoo and condition regularly and use dry shampoo. Just take a look at Lea Michele now, she’s modeling the Hepburn cut beautifully.
Priscilla Presley’s Bouffant
By the late 60’s and early 70’s, every man wanted to be Elvis Presley and every woman wanted to be with Elvis Presley. Unfortunately for both, Priscilla had stolen his heart. Then again, Priscilla was envied by many and not just because of her romantic involvement with the King of Rock and Roll, but everybody adored that voluminous coiff of hers.
Louise Brook’s A-Line Bob
Long strands? Pssh, that’s out. Before the 1920’s, lengthy hairstyles were all the rage, that was until Louise Brook stepped out with a bob and clean bangs. Every woman took to their stylist and demanded this new, bold cut. Currently we’re seeing many celebrities bringing back this look, such as Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes. Using natural oils is key for this look.
Cher’s Ultra-Straight Strands
Let’s turn back time to when Cher rocked the 70’s pin-straight blowout. This kind of look requires a ton of preparation to ensure it lasts for days, and yes you can get the blowout look without forking over tons of dough.
Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett Half-Updo
The late 30’s and early 40’s had every woman channeling their inner Vivien Leigh, the rolled half-updos had everyone feeling fancy. Many brides are currently hoping on this bandwagon, maybe a bit less dramatically though. Try Rapunzel-length locks and add some fluffed-up texture for optimal gorgeousness.
Rita Hayworth’s Glamorous Waves
“Old Hollywood glamour” generally refers to Rita Hayworth’s defined loose curls. In the 40’s and 50’s, her cascading texture made waves across the globe. Many celebrities are reviving this look today, Blake Lively we’re talking to you! Ensure you’re keeping your hair hydrated and untangled.
Twiggy’s Clean Pixie
We have to thank Twiggy for changing the game in the early 60’s with this clean pixie cut. Women opted to chop off their lengthy locks for this model’s super short pixie, which has come back as all the rage since about 2016. Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lawrence, and so on, all of these celebrities in recent years have gone for the Twiggy look.
Farrah Fawcett’s Tousled Flip
Apart from lava lamps, the hustle, and pet rocks, Farrah Fawcett’s pin-up poster was the staple of the late 70’s. Many ladies headed to the salon and demanded feathered waves, just like their Charlie’s Angels star. Even now, the style is admired, “The deep-part hair flip is a big part of the retro modern day girl! The look is laid back but sexy at the same time,” says Elie Camoro, Creative Stylist at Fekkai 5th Avenue.
Lauren Hutton’s Voluminous Waves
Full, bouncy waves were Lauren Hutton’s trademark style in the mid 70’s. It wasn’t just about big hair but rather, a structure and volume that complimented your face. Using a blow dryer and a round brush will give you even more control over the style. Otherwise, you can put your hair into a sock bun or braid it before you go to bed to achieve the same look.
Sarah Jessica Parker’s Mega Curls
Going off the last trend, the 80’s were ~all~ about “bigger is always better”! And that couldn’t be more true for Sarah Jessica Parker’s mega curls. She opted for some volumized ringlets with a mini-poof and women every gasped at how gorgeous the style was. Finding the right hair product for your super locks is key to making the look last longer.
We probably don’t even need to say more, the title and photo give it all away. Jennifer Aniston’s iconic “Rachel” cut sent thousands of girls to the salon. Her look was actually inspired by Ann-Margaret, says Chris McMillan, Aniston’s hairstylist. All we know is, this was the hottest look of the 90’s.
Meg Ryan’s Highlighted Shag
You might say that Meg Ryan’s highlight shag is an evolved version of “The Rachel”. Women everywhere were sporting shaggy layers with pale highlights, all thanks to Meg Ryan. Ryan’s famous cut is due to the work of celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger, all she needed to create the look was some well-placed razored layers.
If you didn’t crimp your hair in the 80’s and 90’s then you were so not a trend follower! Britney did it. As did Jennifer Love Hewitt and even Tyra Banks. Of course the Olsen twins and Hilary Duff did as well. And just in case you’re not familiar with the trend, crimping is a style of straight or straightened hair so that it gets a zigzag-wavy look using a crimping iron. Oh, and guys? It seems to be making a comeback! If Beyonce can pull it off in 2017 then so can you!
Beachy Waves of the 2000’s
Perfectly loose curls are adored by celebrities and everyday beauty lovers, and it’s been a thing since at least the 2000’s. There are multiple waves you can achieve this look now, with a curling iron, flat iron, air dry, a small barrel curler, and so on. Any option will give you the beachy waves of your dreams. We can thank the Olsen twins for making us love this look even more.
Kristen Stewart’s Shaved Head
In 2017, actress Kristen Stewart showed off her platinum blonde buzz cut, and she wasn’t the first or last celebrity to do so. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Cara Delevingne are just a few other celebs who have joined the “shaved head” trend. Some took the plunge for a movie role while others did not want to be boxed into stereotypes surrounding how a woman should and should not look. Either way, every single one of these women looks bada$$ and we bow down.