Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hair: The Return Of The Mini Bouffant

When I was in high school during the late 80s several of the more beautiful and popular girls suddenly sported a new hairstyle- a sleek and very severe ponytail with a mini (or not so mini) bouffant at the front. It required commercial quantities of hair gel and spray and made my curly haired self quite despondent. Another version of the same thing left the hair in the back down and in almost free form, while that big blob of hair was hanging precariously above one's forehead held by some kind of hair accessory. I actually had a friend who held unto this style well into the late 90s, but it looked quite dated by that time.

I've forgotten all about this and didn't pay much attention when I saw it on Beyonce or Gwen Stefani. I also ignored the beehives, real (Sarah Palin) or fake (Amy Winehouse). But browsing celeb photos today I've come across two very different actresses- Lauren Graham and Kristen Stewart- both showing some pouffness in the front. Should I bring out my flat iron and start experimenting? Maybe. I just don't want to end up looking like Snooki.

Photos: Socialite Life, Just Jared and Dlisted


  1. I really don't think you have to worry about looking like Snooki (I'm so ashamed I just typed that name).
    That would take some doing! :)

  2. Girls where still doing this look a few years ago here in Australia. It may be because we're a couple of decades behind here, or we're just a nation of mini-Snookis. I'm scared that it may be a mixture of both... :P

  3. Oh my! I was scrolling down, looking at the photos, reading your post...thinking....ok, not quite a Bump-It but there is a danger of looking like....EEEK! Snookie!

    Now that I'm done laughing (thank you for that!) I do think a little height on top for an evening out or a dressy event is a great idea! Jessica Alba is sporting a mini bouffant with a pony tail in a Revlon lipstick ad:


    But it's hardly visible in the video. I saw it on TV and thought...hm, maybe? I think you would look gorgeous with a little height. Please post a pic if you decide to do it!

  4. I had to laugh at those pictures. That poofy half up/half down is what we used to do when we didn't quite know what to do with our hair that day. It was kind of the 60's version of having a bad hair day. But then I discovered Cher, and my hair hung straight down my back for years!

    I don't think you'll ever have to worry about being another Snooki. You're an elegant lady, Gaia.

  5. ugh...and thats actually a fairly decent looking poof for snookie...


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