The Hair Chronicle from 20th to 21st century
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The flapper era was a rebel phase where women chopped off their long hair and went for short hair, instead. It gave the women more confidence and a bolder look; slowly women started embracing and the bob and the crop with curls. It was in trend to keep the hair shorter than necessary and so came in the Eton crop and the bob – it gave them a sense of emancipation.
This was the period when the curls came in to being. The finger waves came in, as women started to experiment with their short hair; women also started to wear their hair longer than the short crop, but not beyond the shoulder. The curls were often times than not, were supported with short bangs.
This was the time of war and women took to working in the industries, as the men were off fighting wars. Long hair had come back into fashion but as many women worked; they started to wear their hair in pin curls and waves – which were softer than before, not as defined as the 20s or 30s – in a headscarf and if they had fringes or bangs, they were either rolled up or secured at the side with pins.
This was the time when glamour actually set in and mass media started to influence women. Fashion was taking its course, hairdressers were gaining popularity. The femininity was brought back in, straight hair was a big no-no and tight curls were in; the poodle cut was also introduced wherein the hair was teased into tight curls. Women were influenced by the stars; Audrey Hapburn’s dramatic bun and quintessential ponytail were a huge rage.
The hairdressers were already gaining popularity and they introduced new hairstyles; and it was all about over-the-top hair – teased and tousled hair with ponytails, big bouffants with chignons. Music also had a big impact; the rock’n’roll artists and their hair was what women wanted to imitate. The pixie crop with shorter than short bangs also became very popular among women.
There was a lot of variation in this era. We had long, short hair with flicks and hair that was straight or incorporated with curls. But, mostly the hair was let down and was parted in the center and the feather cut was also popular among women – with a lot of layers.
This decade was all about big hair and not all of it was good. This might be the time when women had the worst hairstyles. It was all about crimping it up and tight curls with half-side ponytails. Also, a lot of backcombing was involved to achieve the look.
We love this time for the hairstyles it gave us. It was all about sleek, sophisticated and supermodels hair. It has given us evergreen hairstyles which would never go out of fashion and would always look chic. We had the Rachel, which was every girl’s dream. The hair was let down straight or was given a soft blowout and a lot of soft layers were incorporated which looked natural and chic.
We would like call this the addled era; wherein all the hairstyles are being brought back to life. Women are doing the bob with a bit of asymmetry; fishtail braids are in and are even incorporated in updos. Women love the long side-swept hair-do as it looks oh-so-glamorous and of course the over-the-top bouffants cannot be forgotten.