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 and tendencies, and one of the males weve obvious 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 e-book 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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The new century saw technical innovations in the sphere of hairdressing; new ways of curling and colouring the hair were introduced. Later in the century the small screen would offer other styles to emulate. And of course there have always been singers, dancers, and society beauties – the ‘celebrity culture’ of today is not entirely new. The dominant celebrity hairstyle of today for women is hair worn long and loose – short hair is now the exception. Yet we can reflect that in the 1960s, just as long hair was becoming ubiquitous, one of the most iconic of all styles appeared.
Audrey Withers, editor of British Vogue during the war years, has explained how the British government asked for the help of the fashion press in the promotion of practical styles. This snood, which was in fact enthusiastically adopted by young women, kept hair firmly out of harm’s way; Britain’s land girls had to make do with headscarves. After the war, hairnets (made from a denser mesh than snoods) lingered on into the austerity Britain of the 1950s. By that time they had acquired a reputation for representing the very opposite of glamour.
Sarah Vaughan 1947 The jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, seen here in 1947, was popular in the post-war years. The 1940s saw some new developments in black style. Brightly coloured ‘zoot suits’ for men, with voluminous trousers that were gathered in at waist and ankle, appeared during the war; they were worn originally by African-American musicians in various cities across the United States. But for those in the public eye, conformity was the rule – so Vaughan straightened her hair, as did Billie Holiday throughout her career.
A Century of Hairstyles by Pamela Church Gibson