Remember looking at Farrah Fawcett’s infamous Charlie’s Angels poster or Gisele Bunchen’s Victoria's Secret ad and thinking, “I want her hair!” In spirit of keeping the memory alive, we’re going decade by decade with the help of Sally Hershberger Downtown’s expert hairstylist Hansen Liu and commentating on some of the most iconic women to model your hairstyles after when heading into the salon.
'20s: “Back in the Roaring Twenties hair was as complicated as it could get,” says Hansen. It was always cut very short and all about the finger waves. “The short trend was a movement and an independent statement that was made on a woman’s hair. You have to think about what was going on in the Twenties, women were getting the right to vote and it was a revolution that reflected on their hair as well,” reaffirms Hansen. Hair always had to be set the night before and done again in the morning. So much time and effort was put into hair back then that nowadays women are taking a simpler approach to hair.
'50s: “Just picture the hair you see on Mad Men,” says Hansen. There was still a lot of curls but hair was starting to get longer. Although it was still very short; Twiggy being a prime example of the perfect pixie cut for the Mod era of 1950's Great Britain. There was also a ton of volume in hair during the Fifties like Marilyn Monroe’s short length bob with roller set waves.
'60s: The infamous decade of insanely huge, teased hair. “I loved Bridgitte Bardot’s Sixties hair. It was teased with tons of volume at the top and her bangs were perfect. They cut right down the middle,” says Hansen. The Sixties trademark was volume on top of volume like big bouffants that Priscilla Presley used to don or one of Hansen’s favorites, Audrey Hepburn’s voluminous updo in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
'70s: Hair was edgier during this time and there was more movement. Women like Blondie were experimenting with different cuts. But no one could forget Farrah Fawcett’s big waves. It was the hairstyle that stole a million glances. According to Hansen, Fawcett’s flipped out hairstyle is one of beauty mogul, Sally Hershberger’s favorite looks. “Sally loves to do a blowout on her clients that’s a modern version of the flipped out Farrah. She tweaks it just a bit so it’s not as big but you can still see the flip in front,” says Hansen.
'80s: The perm look was in full force and hair was messier. Madonna was a prime example. Although, movie wise, Michelle Pfierrer had great '80s hair in Scarface. A short yet sharp bob with light feathery bangs proved her look to be iconic. If women do their bangs well it adds a certain sexy mystery to them. “Her hair was so popular in that movie because the shape was so polished. That’s what drew your eyes to it. She might have set her bob underneath with rollers,” says Hansen.
'90s: Hair was sleek and straight. Hairdressers were also cutting more layers into the hair. Like the shaggy trademark cut Sally Hershberger gave Meg Ryan. It was a bit messy yet effortless to style.
2000 to present: Modern hair is more relaxed and free flowing. It’s not as complicated as it used to be anymore. Women are requesting a ton of long layers, like the sexy long waves Gisele Bundchen has. “Giselle has effortless hair, she lets it do the talking all on it’s own. She’s a good fashion example as well,” explains Hansen. To achieve this look, Hansen recommends curling it with a big iron then breaking it loose. Hansen also mentioned that Alexa Chung's hairstyle is frequently requested in his salon. Chung's bangs are modern and straight down the middle.
Although hair has changed throughout the decades, we can see that there are still some styles that remain classic and carry on over time.
To find out more about these mentioned hairstyles and consult with a stylist about an iconic look you're going for, book an appointment with the talented Hansen Liu today.