Iconic Hairstyles Through the Decades

Our hair helps us to define who we are, and throughout history, women and men have played with a variety of different styles.

As a leading provider of hair extensions in Glasgow, at KSL we love getting our inspiration from all sorts of places. Here, we will show you some of the most iconic hairstyles throughout recent history, helping you to style your gorgeous locks.

1940s: Victory Rolls

Spirits were high following the end of the Second World War in 1945, with many people in Great Britain, Europe and the United States getting swept up in the victory craze. The famous ‘victory rolls’ hairstyle was inspired by WWII jets and the rolls of clouds they left behind.

One of the factors that made this hairstyle so popular was that it helped women still appear stylish in times where rationing was in force and women were very limited when it came to clothing and other materials. This style was achievable by using pipe cleaners instead of curvy grips, making it perfectly ration-proof. Style for victory!

1950s: Glamorous Curls

Actresses such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Lucille Ball were incredibly popular in the 1950s, and this lead to the glamorous curled hairstyle becoming symbolic of a generation. These famous bombshells were known to never have a hair out of place, and women across the world were desperate to replicate the look.

With rationing ending in 1954, women once again had easy access to curvy grips, rollers and hairspray – all of which this Old Hollywood style demands.

1960s: Bouffants and Beehives

The 1960s saw the bouffant and the beehive rise to popularity, mainly due to the famous people who styled them. Jackie Kennedy became synonymous with the bouffant, a sleek and sophisticated style that was very well suited to the First Lady of the United States.

While some girls were desperate to channel Jackie Kennedy’s glamorous look, others were trying to imitate the beehive, a unique up-do sported by supermodel Brigitte Bardot. Both of these styles were extremely popular throughout the 60s, and would be seen on many women and girls throughout the decade.

1970s: Sleek and Straight

Like in previous decades, in the 70s women were highly influenced by television and Hollywood when it came to their hair. The hippie, bohemian look was huge throughout the 60s and 70s, and celebrities like Cher helped propel the flower-power, sleek and straight look to new heights.

This style was typically characterised by a middle parting and long hair, allowing women to effortlessly look gorgeous while also being carefree.

1980s: Bigger is Better

The 80s was a decade where big hair was king, and the likes of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper did all they could to continue this trend even further. With the launch of MTV in 1981, women were now taking inspiration for their hair from music videos as well as the big screen, and the big songs of the generation also inspired its style.

These styles were all about volume, colour and fun, and are even easier to achieve now with a curling iron and some strong hairspray.

1990s: The ‘Rachel’ Cut

In the 90s, there was one television series that was bigger than them all. Friends played a huge role in the style of 90s, with every woman wanting to style the haircut that became known as the ‘Rachel’ – named after the character played by Jennifer Aniston, who sported the style in the early seasons of the show.

The sleek shoulder length cut was extremely popular, with the choppy layer trend spanning throughout the 90s and into the 2000s.

We hope you enjoyed looking at some of the most popular hairstyles of the recent decades and that you’ve got some inspiration for your hair. At KSL, we can help you with all your hair-care needs, from extensions to re-growth treatment. For more information, contact us today by calling 0141 248 6603.


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