“The Rachel”

It’s been said that your hair is your crowning glory.  Through the ages there have been some major dos and don’ts when it comes to popular coifs.  In a previous post I shared my love for braids.  I have now combed through the images of celebrities who have made certain styles iconic.  I grew up loving Charlie’s Angels, so it was only natural that I wanted feathered Farrah Fawcett hair.  Then, in 1991 I chopped off my mane after seeing Halle Berry in Strictly Business.  Which styles did you try?

Chemically straightening natural kinky hair with a relaxer was called "conking." It was popular in the 1920-1960s. Nat King Cole was a fan of the process.

Shirley Temple ringlets from the 1930s

In 1935 Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer made his cowlick famous

Marilyn Monroe's beautiful golden locks

The pompadour style was named after Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France, who first wore the style in the 18th century. Elvis, Marlon Brando, James Dean, James Brown and Little Richard all sported high pompadours in the 50s. Boys wearing the style were called "greasers" because of all the hair products they used.

Jackie Kennedy was known for wearing pillbox hats but her hairstyle was iconic as well in the 1960s.

The Beatles lead the “British Invasion” in 1964. Almost 4 decades later Justin Bieber is making the girls scream with the help of this iconic hairstyle.

Twiggy known as “The Face of 1966” popularized the pixie cut across the pond.

Marlo Thomas was "That Girl" with the hair flip in 1966.

In 1968, after Mia Farrow had her haircut for the film “Rosemary's Baby,” American gals wanted to look just like her.

Angela Davis's Afro Power from the 1960s.

The Brady Bunch showed off many hairstyles in the early 70s: Carol had one of the first mullets, Marcia brushed her long hair 100 times on each side, Cindy rocked the curls and eventually all the Brady men put in curly perms.

In the 70s no one could do feathered hair better than Farrah Fawcett.

I still have no idea how Crystal Gayle didn't trip on her hair.

Dorothy Hamill was a 1976 figure skating Olympian and introduced the world to the "wedge" haircut.

In the 70s Cher had stunning Bob Mackie costumes and luxurious Pocahantas hair.

1977's "Star Wars" took us to a galaxy far, far away and Princess Leia showed us that hair buns could replace earmuffs.

Twenty-year-old Diana Spencer became The Princess of Wales on 29 July 1981. Who needs a crown when you have this head of hair?

Mr. T. was the brotha in 1983 with a mowhawk who always "pitied a fool" on The A-Team.

In 1984 Tina Turner was a Private Dancer with some serious bed-head hair.

The Jheri Curl was introduced in the 80s. Michael Jackson and Prince were famous for theirs. This is actor Eriq La Salle (of ER fame) from 1988's "Coming to America" with his "Soul Glo" afro.

Anna Wintour became the editor of Vogue in the late 80s and she's been rockin' this bob ever since.

Christopher ‘Kid’ Reid 1990s high top fade

The look that made me cut off my hair in 1991: Miss Halle Berry in "Strictly Business"

Don't tell my heart, my achy breaky heart that Billy Ray Cyrus is making the mullet popular. Oh the 90s!

Michael Jordan had the fellas in the 90s shaving their heads.

Although Jennifer Aniston hated the cut, "The Rachel" was one of the most popular 90s hairstyles.

Kate Gosselin came on the scene in 2007 with a reverse mullet.


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