Let’s talk on the subject of hairstyles.
It’s crazy … when you look at pictures from decades past, you can totally tell what era it is just by the hairstyles of people in the photos.
I mean, think about it. Think about the old movies or album covers you see from the 1920s. Think about those very clean-cut short hairstyles as well as the clothes they wore in the pictures and the two together tell you immediately that you’re looking at a time long ago.
Or say take the 1950s and 60s. Look at movies or newspaper clippings online or album covers from that era. The men have the short clean hairstyles which are somewhat similar to the ones we just talked about back in the 1920s.
But the women look quite a bit different from the women in the 1920s. The women in their 50s and 60s rocked this big puffy hair. Really round styles sometimes with flips at the bottom. You look at hair from the 50s and 60s on women and you don’t mistake it for hair back in the 1920s.
Then you skip a decade or two and look at hairstyles in the 70s. The hippie movement hair just went straight and long on both men and women. Combine that with the clothes they were wearing and you can totally identify from the hair and clothes that that was the 70s.
Jump to the 80s and look at the women’s hair then. Big fluffy Farrah Fawcett giant feathery bangs type stuff on the women. That really set apart that decade.
Jump another few decades and you see completely different hairstyles on women and various hairstyles on men now. You see long skater boi messy styles, you see military cuts, you see short messy I don’t give a damn cuts, and you see traditional corporate behaved hairstyles. On women you see mostly just long straight hair on every female from age 3 to 33. When you get into the older sets, you see more short, professional, sassy or classic styles.
But you’d never look at a picture of any woman today and mistake her for someone who lived in the 1920s or 1950s or 1970s.
Hairstyles evolve and change and are one of the hallmarks of an age or a decade.
We have style books in the salon that we use for client inspiration, when they’re ready for a new style but don’t know what the flip to do with their hair.
I have one client who has worn her hair very short for at least ten years. No, fifteen. She decided during her divorce to grow it out and get a new look.
The thing is, growing it out is taking time. She’s being patient, but every stage of the growing out is excruciating. Her hair doesn’t cooperate well and she doesn’t know what to do with it. She has come in several times just for ideas on what to do to rein in the unruly and uncooperative parts.
But that’s what I do here—help women find new looks that match their lives and their moods and their pursuits. And help them refine their looks until they “take”. It’s always rewarding.