33 Icons in 100 Years

I loved Launchpad’s Hair Through History: Iconic Hairstyles of the Past 100 Years article.  Having been in Fashion for many moons, I was always interested in not just the attire, but the full “look” of the moment(s) depending on the time, and place, in history.  Images can conjure so much about a past we can never intimately know – I find that captivating.

Launcpad begins its journey with the Gibson Girl‘s fresh and floofy style in the 1910s…somehow unfussy but all together ladylike.

Gibson Girl - Image: Rudolf Eickemeyer via Wikimedia Commons , and Launchpad

1910s, Gibson Girl – Image: Rudolf Eickemeyer via Wikimedia Commons , and Launchpad

Then there’s Ringlets and Dapper Dandy Hats (wait…do hats count?!  I feel like we’ve been duped with this one!), followed by the snappy, flirtatious Bob, and Short-n-Slicked of the 20s.

The 1930s, on Page 4, includes Pin Curls, Finger Waves and THE Clark Gable…

I feel like we have some complex creations in modern times – as a former competitive Ballroom dancer, I can FULLY attest to the sculpting whetherwithall that the uber-talented hairstylists had to have – but…

I feel like daily hairstyles were much harder back in the day, requiring a uniquely complex set of skills (our current-day “equipment” wasn’t nearly as evolved!)  Or you might just consider the sheer time-consuming nature of the back-in-the-day beauty routines…  

1930s, Finger Waves - Image: Studio via Wikimedia Commons, and Launchpad

1930s, Finger Waves – Image: Studio via Wikimedia Commons, and Launchpad

Now a 1940s trend, Victory Rolls, is still very much alive and well at many of the car shows I attend.  Viva Las Vegas, for one, is perfect stomping grounds for these curvaceous, Corinthian curls… In addition, Classic Curls and THE Frank Sinatra are featured among these 33 icons, for this specific time period.

1940s, Victory Rolls - Image: Grisha Goluboff via Wikimedia Commons, and Launchpad

1940s, Victory Rolls – Image: Grisha Goluboff via Wikimedia Commons, and Launchpad

Launchpad accounts for Bombshell Curls, Bouffants, “The Elvis,” Afros…and Uniex, getting us through the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s…  Naturally, Feathered Hair is among the ranks!

1970s, Feathered Hair - Image: ABC Television via Wikimedia Commons

1970s, Feathered Hair – Image: ABC Television via Wikimedia Commons

The article additionally covers some fun (er…entertaining) “trends,” such as:

Perms (I am, rather unhappily, recalling a period in my own history within which I marched to this horrid drum!  Judge not, it was under duress!)

Mullets (Er…I’m still not sure what we were doing in the 80s)…  No, but seriously…can anyone help me out here?  Where DID 80s fashion trends matriculate from?  I mean, I feel like there is some extraterrestrial SOMEwhere in total hysterics…  

YES, you MADE THE HISTORY BOOKS!  Are you proud of yourself!?!  Luring the humans into this utterly bizarre and SILLY period in fashion history!  

*Sigh*  

Gawd.  When I find YOUR planet, I’m bringing my rolled socks, neon bangles and carrot-top pleated pants!  I’ll show you!

1980s, Mullets - Image: Bongarts via Getty Images

1980s, Mullets – Image: Bongarts via Getty Images

And Jherri Curls (which I can’t say anything about because the photo is Michael Jackson, and the man’s talent is probably on any dancer’s radar.)

1990s Punk, I can take.  I mean, who doesn’t LOVE a badass mohawk!?

The “Rachel”…as in Jennifer Aniston’s “Friends” cut, along with Curtained Hair, made the cut.

So did the Hi-Top Fade

1990s, Hi-Top Fade - Image: Al Pereira via Getty Images

1990s, Hi-Top Fade – Image: Al Pereira via Getty Images

Thanks to Pop Stars of the 2000s, we get Beachy Waves, Stick Straight, Crimped (I feel like that’s 80s!) and Frosted Tips (geezuz.  Wasn’t that an earlier trend too?)

Finally, in 2010, we’ve got Rainbow dyed…because why not?

2010, Rainbow - Image: Instagram user @xostylistxo

2010, Rainbow – Image: Instagram user @xostylistxo

Ombre and Bayalage, which honestly is pretty gorgeous…

2010s, Ombré/Balayage

2010s, Ombré/Balayage

And Vintage with a Twist, which really you will see across the board because everything…pretty much…is a revamp of an earlier invention!  

There are plenty more photos, one per trend, and I’m sure if you google any one of these you will come back with a SLEW of imagery!  Fascinating, really…

But seriously…

W.T.H. were we doing in the 80s…?

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