A hairy situation

Friday, December 30, 2011

On the eve of New Year's eve I'm considering what champagne to bring along for the festivities, what nail polish will carry  me through to the new year, and of course what coiffure I will sport on my soon to be 2012 head.  Looking back at some nostalgic hair choices, I came across some rather "hairy" trends, and of course some that have stood the test of time, fashion, and style trends.  So before we ring in the new year, here are a few of them, along with my champagne choice, my nail polish, and a great shop on Etsy that I have bought two wigs from for when I don't feel like dealing with my own hair.
  1. "Crown Me Already" Nail Polish by OPI $9
  2. Dreamstone Pink Moscato from Fresh and Easy $8 (or less if it is on sale)
  3. Airship Captain Customized Long Wig by MissVioletLace $73.60 (on sale for Christmas)
TIME Magazine Cover August 19, 1935 from LIFE Photo Archive
1930's hair trends:  finger wave curls, rolled pinned curls fastened to the head with pins, hair kept close to the head, use of hats worn on top or diagonally, hair parted in the middle or to the side, and waves, waves, and more waves (Pictured: Jean Harlow, other leading ladies with 1930's do's: Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert, Myrna Loy, Diana Dors, Greta Garbo )


Photo by Peter Stackpole from LIFE Photo Archive
1940's hair trends: shoulder-length or shorter hair, thickening agents applied after shampooing, a larger roll in place of bangs, using rollers and even aluminum cans to roll the hair, small hats worn with bangs/roll in front, "peek-a-boo" hair style à la Veronica Lake (Pictured: Gene Tierney, other leading ladies with 1940's do's: Veronica Lake, Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner)


Photo by Loomis Dean from LIFE Photo Archive
1950's hair trends: shorter hair styles, chignons or french pleats, ponytails, sculpted curls, the poodle cut (à la Lucille Ball), the soft bob or a page boy hair cut, permanents (Pictured: Debbie Reynolds, other leading ladies with 1950's do's: Connie Francis, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly)

So out of these hairstyles, which have you seen lately?  I know the bob is still a classic cut, as are hair styles like the understated pony tail or french twist, but thank goodness we don't roll our hair in tin cans or pin each curl up with a bobby pin any more.  I'm also glad to see the hat and fascinator making a come back too.  Happy New Year everyone!
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