A Century of Hairstyles by Pamela Church Gibson

By Pamela Church Gibson

Not anything defines somebody like their coiffure - and what a century it's been for hair! Bangs, bobs, buns, beehives and bouffants have vied with pixie cuts, pin curls, perms and pageboys for ascendancy in an ever-changing parade of girls seems to be and tendencies, and one of the males weve visible Caesers, comb overs, ducktails, pretend hawks, flattops, quiffs and slick backs. From the Edwardian period during the seismic adjustments of the 20s and 60s, and together with each quirky twist hair historical past took on its method to the flip of the millennium, this ebook is a lush visible survey of 100 years of hair kinds and the good stylists of the century together with Jackie Kennedys stylist Mr. Kenneth and innovators like Vidal Sassoon.

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He was most famous for the backcombing he deployed to build hair into the ‘bouffant’ style that he is usually credited with inventing. The style was popular well into the Sixties, with women from different social and ethnic backgrounds. The most successful black girl group of the time, the Supremes, had bouffant hairdos. Mr Teasy Weasy was very skilled at self-promotion and he helped to make hairdressing both commercial and competitive. He created a chain of salons in London and the provinces, while commanding his own regular slot on television.

In America, new legislation was introduced – the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act was passed in 1938 to make sure that there were some safeguards in place. This advertisement was placed in True Story magazine by the Jo-Cur Hair Care Company and published in New York City in 1931. Modern Barbershop, Chicago 1931 American men were also now offered new treatments in more sophisticated surroundings, as this picture of a brand new large-scale barbershop of 1931 – housed in the massive Art Deco Merchandise Mart building in Chicago – shows.

By the time of this photo, such hairstyles were well established if not exactly routine. Subsequently the mowhawk style has been picked up by everyone from ‘goths’ to soccer player David Beckham with numerous variants – almost all of them at least slightly anti-establishment – including the ‘fauxhawk’ where the sides of the head are short but not shaved. New Romantics: Duran Duran January 1981 The early 1980s saw another sartorial reaction among young people, this time a revolt against the aggressive aesthetic of punk.

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