Un-lock-ing the past: Throwback hairstyles
From pompadours to Afros, finger curls to big ’80s hair, celebrate Throwback Thursday with vintage photos of the hairstyles of yesteryear.
Hairstyles have taken many forms throughout the decades. Celebrate Throwback Thursday with vintage photos of hairstyles of yesteryear.
Film actress Lya De Putti sports a short bob in 1923. In the 1920s, women said goodbye to their long Victorian locks and welcomed much shorter hairdos. A bob cut is a short haircut in which the hair is typically cut straight around the head at about the level of the jaw, with bangs on the front.
Actress Mary Pickford wears a jewelled barrette in her hair in 1925, adding a feminine touch to her short waves.
Three women show off their hairstyles at The London Pavilion in the 1920s. Techniques like shingling and layering were turned into an art form that resulted in beautiful coiffures.
American leading lady Julia Faye wears a finger-waved hair style in 1928. The style was made popular in the 1920s as a fancy way to style the very modern and wildly popular bob hairstyle of the era. The process involves pinching the hair between the fingers and combing the hair in alternating directions to make a wave shape.
A model demonstrates the latest design in hair dryers in 1928. Before the hair dryer was made, people were using vacuum cleaners to dry their hair.
British film actress Jean Colin shows off her hairdo in 1937. By the 1930s, hairstyles were becoming more feminine again and were more soft and glamorous than the previous decade.
Actress Veronica Lake made the glamorous peek-a-boo bang hairstyle famous in the 1940s.
A women models a stylish haircut from the 1950s. That decade saw the re-introduction of romantic femininity, as the war was ending and the practical hairstyles for working in factories were no longer as essential. Women went back to more stylish glamourous coifs.
A model shows off her brushed-under bob hairstyle in the 1950s. The development of hair-styling products influenced the way in which hair was styled in the '50s. Popular film stars like Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Doris Day influenced the latest hairstyles. Others like Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield also had influential trademark looks.
A man in the 1950s sports the pompadour greased-up style or slicked-back style for men. This was created with heavy use of gel. Popular music and film stars had a major influence on 50s hairstyles and fashion. Elvis Presley and James Dean had a great influence on the high pompadour.
A woman models the modern bouffant hairstyle in the mid-1950s. The main elements of a bouffant hairstyle were volume and height.
A 1950s fashion model wears her hair pulled back in a matching headband with her hair flipped at the base. Flowers, taffeta ribbons, and even strands of pearls were touted as the perfect hair accessories.
Over the top
Paris hair stylist Carita wears a hollow crowned hat permitting her hair to remain in shape for summer season in the 1950s.
A women models her blonde upward-flipped hair in the 1950s. The flip was a long bob that literally "flipped" out at the ends, creating a bell shape.
A model with a beehive hairdo in the 1960s. The beehive is a hairstyle in which long hair is piled up in a conical shape on the top of the head and slightly backwards-pointing, giving some resemblance to the shape of a traditional beehive.
Cute and curly
American pop singer Marsha Hunt with an afro hairstyle in the 1960s. The hairstyle is created by combing the hair away from the scalp, allowing the hair to extend out from the head in a large, rounded shape, much like a halo.
Some like it hot
A model sips a cup of coffee while highlighting the simple bushy bob hairdo of the 1960s.
Hippies decorate each other with flowers in the 1960s. During the hippie movement, men and women grew their hair long and avoided fussy styling and hair products. Usually hair was parted in the middle and bang-less.
The 'Electric Cut', invented by Paris hair stylist Patrick Ales in 1974. The hair is given body by ultra over-curling, then straightened and cut into a shoulder length geometric bob.
Two young punk rockers pose with spiked hair in the 1980s. 1980's punk fashion was influenced greatly by celebrities in the music scene, such as The Ramones, Sex Pistols and Billy Idol.
The one-eyed look invented by Parisian stylist Patrick Ales in the 1980's. The cut featured flowing hair held in place by a frizzy perm.
Va va voom
A woman models a hairstyle from the 1980s. Big hair was a popular '80s look.
The chic short hairdos of the 1980s were adopted by fashionistas and pop stars alike.
Back to the bob
Models show off new hairstyles in the 1980s. The styles offered a sleek short look that hugs the head, but feature motion and fullness because they are bobbed and razored bluntly.