The 1st of October was National Hair Day and we thought it would be a good idea to explore the evolution of women’s hairstyles in celebration of this day.
Women have been obsessed with their hair since ancient times. Cleopatra washed her hair with donkey milk! Let’s take a look at how women’s hair evolved over time (and see how we can recreate this look today!
In the early 1800’s, hairstyles resembled that of Greek and Roman styles. Women would have curls on their forehead and above their ears and the rest held back in a knot or bun. Accessories included ornamental combs, bonnets and silk ribbons.
Today, we can replace those big curls with soft waves and rock a messy bun to pull off an effortless “I woke up like this” look
In the 1840’s, the Victorian Era started. During this era women wore their hair closer to their head, in a high bun or knot with some of their hair worn down. It became very popular to have your hair styled by a hairdresser rather than doing your own hair.
To recreate a modern version of this look, you can wear your hair in a full, voluminous high pony. Spoil yourself and follow in the footstep of the ladies back in the 1840’s and get it styled by a hairdresser.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the Edwardian Era began. The hairstyles of this period are characterized by their soft opulence. Women grew their hair out and used pads or fake hair to make it look even fuller. The hair was combed upward from the neck to the top and arranged as a roll on the head.
Let’s face it: not many of us will be able to pull of this look in 2020. The closest thing to this statement hairstyle, is a plait and bun. Just like in the 1900’s, this look is created by combing your hair upward and plaiting it to create this stunning look.
The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and other remarkable event in the 1940’s, led to a lack of established morals and a feeling of vulnerability being prevalent within society. This was expressed through women’s hair, which was grown longer and often wore down.
Well, this one is pretty effortless. Use the 1940’s as an excuse to wear your hair down – no plaits, accessories or styling. Just you and your hair!
In the 1970’s, flowing hair was all the rage for women with longer hair. Headbands were often worn to keep their hair out of their faces and became a popular accessory during this time.
You can have some fun with this one! Choose a hairband that matches your mood, outfit and hair type. It can be a fun add-on to a dull outfit or a strategic way to keep your hair out of your eyes.
In the 1980’s, the world fell in love with Princess Diana, and her hair! This era was inspired by shorter, layered cuts, like the wash and leave perm.
In 2020, let’s take this look one step further then Diana did: a pixie cut. This fashionable and trendy cut makes your hair light, more manageable and your shampoo will probably last months!
When the 2000s rolled around, accessories became very common. Butterfly clips, chunky highlights, layers, scrunchies and bandanas were widely used during this time. Women loved it because it was an excellent way to express your style and finish off a look.
We’ve all noticed that scrunchies made a huge comeback! This accessory can take any look from a nay to a yay. Complete your look with a pop of colour by adding a scrunchie to your bun or ponytail. You can even wear it around your arm for later use!