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The Evolution of Hairstyles

Hairstyles have come and gone over the last few years; there are few that hipsters try to bring back such as pixie cuts and beehives, and very few that we’re happy to see the back of!

Let’s take a look at how hairstyles have transformed from the roaring 20s to the present day. We’ll have a look at the good, the bad and the unique!


The ‘Flapper’ became the hair of the 20s. The style is very similar to a wavy bob cut, or for longer hair, big bouncy curls all tied up to give that ‘short bob’ look. Using glamorous headbands and hair pieces were what made you stand out in this era. It’s sleek and shiny and hair styled flawlessly, it’s perfect for a trip round to Gatsby’s!


In the 1930s, hair was traditionally ‘finger-waved’ to create an elegant and timeless appearance. There was no room for messy styles, hair was styled to precision and did not fall out of place!


Veronica Lake was the star of the show in the 40s, starring in countless films, TV and stage productions. Women emulated her ‘peek-a-boo’ hairstyle, leaving voluminous hair to fall over one side of the face whilst the other was styled back. It’s a classic and dazzling look! 



Audrey 50s hairstyle

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In the 50s there were a range of styles. Various icons were in the public eye with these different hairstyles, such as Audrey Hepburn’s classic brunette do, or Bettie Page’s jet black straight fringe. Curly haired women rejoiced at Lucille Ball’s ‘poodle up do’ and men had James Dean’s gristly bad boy look to work from!

Who can forget Marilyn Monroe’s gorgeous platinum blonde curls too!


Twiggy was the face of the 60s with her moulded pixie cut. What became more iconic was the beehive style which she completely made her own. For the beehive, the bigger the better!  


The 70s was another goldmine of fantastic hair icons. Farrah Fawcett’s gigantic curls and for Donna Summer, her magnificent hair matched her “Queen of Disco” status.
Who didn’t run for the peroxide blonde kit to emulate Debbie Harry and dance around to Heart of Glass before a night out? Women everywhere who wanted to embrace their inner rebel ran to the hairdressers for Joan Jett’s sassy look.

70s hairstyle

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For boho chic, fans of straight, effortless hair had Peggy Lipton and Ali McGraw to look to for inspiration.


By the 1980s, it was a surprise the world wasn’t running on a shortage of hairspray! In this decade, hair was bountiful and backcombed and crimping made its way onto the scene! Madonna became popular and more and more women reached for the hair colours!

It goes without saying that in the 80s, hair was humungous! It was also the origins of the mullet (thanks Billy Ray Cyrus) 



The 90s saw the re-emergence of crimping, Gwen Stefani’s statement mini-buns and Winona Ryder’s striking pixie cut. However it was ‘The Rachel’ that had everybody in a stir!

Jennifer Anniston’s cut debuted in Season 2 of Friends and saw women rushing to the hairdressers to get it chopped. The style was a perfect blend of volume with a layered look around the face and is iconic to this day.

The Rachel style

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Since the millennium, the last fifteen years has seen an array of hairstyles. From poker straight bangs to the ‘Pob’ by Victoria Beckham. Celebrities everywhere were making the chop to short, pixie cuts.

The Kardashians have set the bar for long, luscious locks and for a while dip dyeing became popular!

So, what do you think the future holds for hairstyles? What was your favourite style or what are you glad to see the back of? Let us know on social media.