Styles and fads change over the years, and hairstyles have been no exception. A hairstyle shows off your personality and flair. It helps you accentuate your best features, hide your flaws, and can even change to suit your mood.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that there have been so many popular hairstyles over the years.
Women tend to be the forerunners of hairstyles. After all, many people consider hair to be a woman’s crowning glory. Women are constantly searching for ways to look better, strand out, or even make a statement. In the 1920′s the bob was most popular haircut for women.
This short style was easy to care for as well as being a political statement. Choosing a short, almost masculine cut was a way for a woman to support women’s liberation. The 1960′s saw women wearing beehives, a time-consuming hairstyle with the hair piled high on top of the head. Big hair also made its mark in the 60′s with the popularity of the afro.
Television often helps to promote hairstyles. Dorothy Hamill made the wedge very popular when millions of people watched her on the television as she figure skated to fame. Music and movie stars’ hairstyles are always being copied by eager fans. Dido’s “Dido Flip” became widely popular once he became famous. The “Clooney Cut,” now named for George Clooney, is actually a slightly longer variation of the classic crew cuts.
Some styles, such as the afro, have uniquely ethnic origins. Cornrows, braids woven closely to the head, were first worn by African men.
This style has now been adopted and made popular by women, particularly Bo Derek in the movie 10. Dreadlocks are similar to cornrows, but the hair is divided into matted segments rather than braids.
Often, a hairstyle is born out of necessity. Although no one would like to choose the comb-over for their personal style, many men turn to it every day. The comb-over is used to disguise a bald spot. Generally, hair from the sides is combed over to cover the bald spot, but in extreme cases even hair from the back of the head is recruited for the task.