You have probably heard of the age old "bad hair day phenomenon": one of those days when you'd like to cut it all off, just because your hair has a mind of its own and it is not willing to grant your wishes today. Or maybe you've been looking for a simple and stylish hair cut for ages, because you've grown tired of your current hairdo. Well aren't you lucky, because there are plenty of vintage hairstyle classics which can be a true inspiration for any modern girl!
1. Pixie cut (photo credit: www.formidablecourage.com)
From the moment that Audrey Hepburn showed off her new hairdo in the 1950's film Roman Holiday, the world was convinced: her pixie cut became a trend and it still is today! The hairdo was a huge hit with vintage celebrities, such as Twiggy, but it is still sported by the singers and actresses that fill the pages of modern-day fashion magazines; the pixie cut looks stunning on Rihanna, Anne Hathaway and Emma Watson. The most important thing about the pixie cut is that the hair is cut or shaved short at the back and somewhat longer at the front. As you can see, the style can appear in many forms, and the term 'pixie cut' can be applied to a myriad of short hairstyles. For example, Audrey's hair is very girly, with a short fringe, while the sides of Rihanna's hair are shaved, which is a bolder look.
The beehive is a hairdo with a quirky history; it was in fact specially designed for the 1960's! How's that, then? Well, when downtown Chicago beauty salon Margaret Vinci Coiffures won a National hairdressing award in 1954, a renowed magazine asked the owner, Margaret Vinci, to design a hairdo that would reflect the 1960's, and the beehive was thus called into life. The hair style was popularized by (Motown) girl groups such as the Marvelettes (left hand photo) en the Ronettes (right). Although it all looks very complicated, the beehive is actually an easy solution for a bad hair day: all you have to do is tease the various layers of your hair and spray a huge amount of hair spray on it. Then, you have to comb the teased bits downward and fix them. I do realise that I may have complicated things further for you, but this lady will show you exactly how to do it. Contemporary examples of this look can also be seen in the world of pop music: Adèle and Duffy look beautiful with this haircut, and Amy Winehouse had an enormous version of the beehive.
Bettie Page was a famous American pin up model, and you'll probably recognise her jet black hair and pale blue eyes from Katy Perry's look. Of course she wasn't merely Katy's source of inspiration: Bettie Page was sometimes referred to as the Queen of Pin Ups, and she's been an icon of pop culture throughout the last decades. She can also be seen in several movies, such as Teaserama and Varietease. As you may have noticed by the names of Bettie's burlesque shows ,she was also an important source of inspiration for Dita Von teese!
As you can see on the photos, Bettie's bangs are very stylish and easy to maintain. By the way, does the part starting at 0:30 in Béyonce's video for Why Don't You Love Me remind you of anything? It's based on one of Betties burlesque shows from Teaserama, when Bettie anounces (among others) Tempest Storm, another famous exotic dancer from the fifties and sixties! Side note: the crying lady holding the telephone in Béyonce's video is based on Betty Draper from MadMen! This proves the age old point that some (hair) styles can easily survive throughout the ages, so you might have to consider going for one of these vintage hairdos!