By Pamela Church Gibson
Not anything defines someone like their coiffure - and what a century it's been for hair! Bangs, bobs, buns, beehives and bouffants have vied with pixie cuts, pin curls, perms and pageboys for ascendancy in an ever-changing parade of girls seems to be and traits, and one of the males weve noticeable Caesers, comb overs, ducktails, fake hawks, flattops, quiffs and slick backs. From the Edwardian period throughout the seismic alterations of the 20s and 60s, and together with each quirky twist hair background took on its approach to the flip of the millennium, this booklet is a lush visible survey of 100 years of hair types and the good stylists of the century together with Jackie Kennedys stylist Mr. Kenneth and innovators like Vidal Sassoon.
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Short hair was an integral part of these new freedoms and would dominate the next decade. Madame C. J. Walker, Entrepreneur circa 1914 Daughter of an impoverished sharecropper, Walker became the very first self-made woman millionaire anywhere in the world after she devised a system for the treatment and conditioning of black hair. Hot combs were already on sale in department stores, as were products targeted at black women before Sarah Breedlove (who later became Madam Walker) started work in the very first years of the last century for Annie Malone, whose Poro brand was already successful with African-American women.
Hayworth was also notoriously experimental when it came to hair colour, dying her dark brown hair red to become famous – and disguise her Mexican ancestry. She even became a blonde for husband Orson Welles’ film, The Lady from Shanghai (1947). Hairstyle Competition in Paris December 1946 The postwar years saw various ways of celebrating style in Paris, which refused to cede its role as capital of fashion despite the privations the country was then suffering. Here we see not the couture show we might automatically associate with the city, but a hairdressing show and competition.
Still popular in London’s banking sector, this Edwardian style retains its connotations of privilege. Rudolph Valentino 1920 He was surely the most striking of the ‘matinée idols’ of silent cinema and when Valentino died of peritonitis in 1926 aged thirty-one, there were tearful women to be seen in streets across America, while his New York funeral attracted thousands of mourners. There was a second funeral in Beverley Hills – and even rumours of suicides among his legion of distraught female fans.
A Century of Hairstyles by Pamela Church Gibson