Hair Evolution: From Roaring 20’S To Modern Days

The 2016 haircuts that are most in style have already been widely publicized. Let’s go back in time and examine how hairstyles have changed over the course of history. Of course, not all of it—that would take a very long time. Let’s take a quick look over the last 100 or so years, shall we? Along the process, we can pick up a tip or two or discover how particular eras inspired present haircuts. After all, retro hairdos are really trendy right now.


Short hair looked excellent throughout the Roaring 20s. At its height, the bob and all of its variations were extremely popular. Women were prepared to completely chop off their long Victorian hair at the turn of the century. You might choose to wear it straight or with the famed trimmed curls of Coco Chanel. Of course, the most common hairdo of the 1920s was finger waves. In order to give the short hairstyle more femininity, hair accessories also gained enormous popularity.


Waves were very popular during this decade. Short bobs and tight ringlets were going out of style. Women began wearing their hair a little longer, and the style as a whole was more softer now. You know, more gentle waves and less helmet hair. The side part was fashionable, and many women opted for the “deep side part, hair just barely hiding the side of their face” style. At red carpets and other glitzy occasions, this haircut has endured the test of time and is still popular today.

The 1940s

presented several difficulties for women. The conflict had an impact on women’s hair and fashion. The hair had to be kept close to the head because many women had to work and it would get in the way. That, in my opinion, explains why there were no fringes in the 1940s. The majority of women maintained quite short hairstyles. The length of the hair at its longest was barely long enough to reach the shoulders. Although there were still waves, there were new haircuts. The 1940s saw a rise in popularity for victory rolls. When you stop to think about it, it makes perfect sense because Victory rolls were created in the 1940s. They were the ideal answer for women at the time since they kept their hair out of their faces, making them both practical and immensely gorgeous.

The 1950s

were an experimental decade following World War II. At the same time, many various haircuts were in vogue. While rockabilly and pixie cuts were quickly becoming trendy, the curled bobs of the 1940s were still in style. The 50s also see the beginning of fringes, albeit relatively brief ones. The short curly fringe was first used in the poodle cut hairdo. The short baby fringe was first seen on Audrey Hepburn in her pixie hairdo. Many of these hairstyles remain trendy in today’s culture. I mean, isn’t Audrey’s haircut still a point of reference for us when we think about pixie cuts?


The swinging ’60s, ah. What a period for hairdos. In the 1960s, you could either go for a lot of volume or very little hair. In the 1960s, the beehive hairdo was created and made extremely famous by Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin. Everyone made an effort to imitate their hairdos. You could always sport the voluminous bob like Diana Ross and the Supremes if your hair wasn’t long enough to put up in a beehive. On the other hand, you could also channel Twiggy by keeping a long side fringe while cutting your hair short.


The 1970s were an odd decade. There is more to draw from the past as we come closer to present times. The variety of hairstyles increases, making it challenging to determine which ones were most popular. In the 1970s, we finally see some straight hair; blunt bangs, center parts, and natural-looking tresses were very fashionable. Since it was the hippie era, it was also common to wear flowers in one’s hair. Feather layers and a lot of volume were popular at the same period. At the same time, afros, platinum blonde bobs, the shag, mullets, and long hair with copious waves were all in style. Aren’t there so many options and variety?


Hair suffered during the 1980s. Just let’s all agree to that. The styles were odd, there’s no doubt about that, but what was astonishing was the amount of hurt and damage women inflicted on their hair. Curly-haired women were fortunate since this was their chance to shine. The people with straight hair severely tormented it. In the 1980s, the perm gained enormous popularity. Everyone wanted to get their hair permed, expecting that it would give their hair a wonderful, stylish look that would last for a very long time. Yet at what price? Some people opted for crimping instead of perming, which wasn’t all that much better. In my opinion, everyone appeared to have their heads buried in waffle makers and just wanted to rock it. In the 1980s, volume was also of the utmost significance. Women often teased their hair in addition to all the perming and crimping.


On the other hand, straight hair dominated the 1990s. The terrible crimped hair or a few curls would still appear now and then, but for the most part, everyone desired the incredibly straight, shining hair from shampoo commercials. For a brief period, feathered bangs were in style, but as we all know, that trend was short-lived because it harked back to the 1980s. Just watch an episode of FRIENDS to be reminded of what flawless hair in the 1990s looked like. That Jennifer Aniston hairstyle was in high demand. On the other hand, because the 90s hairstyle was so plain in texture, many people tried to stand out by having extremely spiky hair, going overboard with micro hair buns, or donning an excessive number of tiny hair accessories at once.
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In the 2000s, everything happened all at once. Beachy waves were highly popular, but many individuals also straightened their hair to the point of oblivion at the same time. The bleaching of odd sections of hair and the rainbow hair mascaras were definitely the wackiest trends. Do you still recall that? Just haphazard hair strands that were brightly colored with purple, pink, blue, or green hair mascara, making that particular strand stand out and feel oddly thick? That was the bomb in the 2000s, for sure. The fortunate ones were those who kept their hair simple, like Jennifer Aniston.

The rest is actually making history. In the 2020s, I’m sure we’ll think today’s hairstyles are incredibly bizarre.


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