Friday, 9 December 2011


   You had a bad day...chances are you had a bad hair day.

Whether we like it or not our hair in many ways defines our look. It can enhance our facial features, complement our complexions and even change our moods. If your hair looks as though it's just flicked off of a L'Oréal commercial, chances are you will feel as though you have too. If it looks as though it's need of a bit of TLC, chances are you will be in need of some too.
I myself am in the TLC hair has grown out of its shape and as a result doesn't feel quite right. It isn’t my style. As a result, I have booked a haircut for this week. My hair will be transformed from its long and swishy state to a short and slick cut. Simples - but as I wait, I can't help but look at the ways in which hair has changed and developed along with the fashion world.

From Bridget Bardot beehives and Beatles mop tops in the 60s to Jackson 5 afros and Farah Fawcett feathered dos in the 70s, hairstyles like fashion define eras; they hand in hand with fashion represent and reflect culture. Moreover, their presence is exemplary of what's popular at the time because people imitate their idols through hair. It wasn't long after David Bowie decided to take on that infamous mullet that his army of male fans began to adopt the experimental look, something which remained popular up until the 90s.
However before Bowie's mullet there were other culturally important dos. Twiggy’s 1966 crop cut along with 1960s mini dresses not only represented fashion's change in image but  women’s emancipation. With the snip of a pair of scissors the 1950s housewife image was torn apart and it became clear that women were no longer forced to conform to the long locks and frocks of years gone by but could finally embrace the more androgynous and revealing aspects of their looks. Women could look and dress how they wished.

Similarly feathered dos and afros represented their eras; they were reflective of the luxury and excess which the 70s and 80s invoked both in fashion and in life. Unsurprisingly hair continues this trend today. The popular Mad-Men-esque cuts that so many men sport right now reflect our needs to have 'no muss no fuss' within our lives, whilst women's sudden fascination with colour evokes our sudden wish to explore in hair and in life.
It is this new obsession with colour which is interesting right now seeing as not only is red hair taking over blondes and brunettes in popularity stakes but fluoros are too. Thanks to natural beauties such as Florence Welch and Lily Cole and the dye brigade red hair is no longer dismissed but longed for. Likewise stars such as Rihanna prove that fluoros are cool too, not to mention the likes of Katy Perry and American model Charlotte Free whose pink styles have along with the colour of this years collections, brightened up the face of fashion.

It is this experimentation within hair which is so exciting. It recalls Christopher Kane's resurrection of neons and proves that, as Free's name would suggest and Lady GaGa sings, we really are as 'free as our hair'.

1 comment:

  1. the starting phrase is so true...usually when my day goes downhill so does my hair-do.
    but lucky me i've got curly hair so whenever they decide to turn into an untamed jungle i pull them up like a ballerina!