You'd think that having naturally big hair would have been an asset for someone growing up in the 1980s. But it wasn't. Eighties hair was big, indeed, but only in a certain way, and it had to stay in place. But even today there's not yet a hairspray strong enough to hold the weight of my hair (even when quite short). But it could have been a lot worse. Just imagine my unruly wave during the 1960s and early 70s (I actually remember my mother straightening her hair regularly for years).
Going through a collection of vintage photos and ads for hair products made me think that hair-wise I belong in the turn of the 20th century. Just before everyone got a short bob. The days before hairspray, before haircuts, before teasing, puffing, ironing, or crimping. Before the Farrah, the Rachel, highlights, lowlights, ombre, and news anchor hair.
What is your favorite hair decade?
|Model Suzy Parker, Vogue, 1963|
|Gia and friends by Richard Avedon, 1980|
|No one was blonder than Patti Hansen, Vogue, 1977|
|A young Angela Lansbury|
|Baroness Fiona Thyssen-Bornemisza, 1962 by Henry Clark|
|1975, Vogue UK|
|Vogue UK, 1975|
|Carmen Dell'Orefice, Vogue September 1982, Photo by Barry McKinley|
|Dolores Guiness by Richard Avedon, hair by Alexandre of Paris|
|Photo by John Rollins|
|Young Jane Birkin, hated by anyone with a Jew-fro|
|I don't even want to know. Joan Blondell in the 1930s|
|Lainie Kazan, 1970|
|Lee Miller by Man Ray, 1930|
|Marsha Hunt looks like she knows what she's doing|
|Model Mirella Pettini, photo by Bert Stern, 1967|
|Nicole Kidman's original hair (and original face) in People Magazine|
|Patti Hansen, again, photo by Leora Long|
|I'm pretty sure something lives up there|
|Model Virna Lisi|