The evolution of hairstyles over the years! 63



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Perms, finger waves, mullets, flips and mops – remember the hairstyles of the 60s and 70s?

Our hair was and still is so important to us, but it’s fair to say some of the ‘dos we had were very questionable! At the time though, they were the ‘in’ thing. We’d preen, gel, spray, curl, crimp and straighten for hours just to get the look of the moment, and some of them are so funny to look back on.

Here’s some of the most iconic…. Which did you love and which do you cringe at now?

Finger Wave 1920s: popular during the Roaring 20s, the finger wave completed the Flapper girl look.


Pompadour 1950s: combing hair against the sides and pulling hair up over on top of itself on top. It was popular with Elvis and Johnny Cash.




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The Pixie 1950s: very short hairstyle popularised by Audry Hepburn and Pixie

LOS ANGELES - 1967: English supermodel Twiggy poses for a portrait during the filming of 'Twiggy in Hollywood' directed by Bert Stern part of a three episode documentary series that aired in the spring of 1967 on ABC-TV, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Beehive 1960s: tease your hair with plenty of hairspray in a tall, dome shape that mimicked a beehive.


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The Shag 1960s: made famous by the Beatles!


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Bouffant 1960s: similar to the beehive, this hair style was piled high on top of head.


Afro 1960/70s: curly hair brush out to create a perfect halo of hair surrounding the head.


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Cornrows 1970s: this hair style allowed an alternative to the afro, braided tightly to the scalp.


Dreadlocks 1970s: popularised by Bob Marley


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Feathered Flip 1970s: this should really be called the Farah Fawcett – parted but still soft and flowing


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The Mullet 1970s (and 90s): very simple long in the back and short in the front!


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Perm 1980s: the dread hairstyle of the 80s!


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Which do you remember? What hairstyles did you have in the 60s and 70s?

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  1. Twiggy iconic! Was looking at a picture of her the other day. That eye makeup so different and fashionable!

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