Not all fashionable trends come out of Paris and Milan – for many years in the early decades of the twentieth century Hollywood wielded the most influence over how people wore their hair, the way ladies dressed and even how they dressed their children. Ask your Gran about those poor kids she knew who had to go around with rag curls in their hair each night so that they would look like Shirley Temple…every mother in the 1930′s wanted their little girl to look like the famous ring-curled moppet but what they did not know was that Shirley’s famous curls were not all entirely hers…a good number were glued onto her hair after it was discovered that the curling wand was damaging her baby-fine locks. A bald Shirley Temple would have spelt disaster for the Fox studios of course. But how did Mrs Temple create those curls at all…? she was a fan of silent actress Mary Pickford and decided baby Shirley would have ring curls too – 56 in fact all over her head. The process involved – carried out every night – dampening the hair with a wave solution, wrapping a lock around her finger, securing it with a bobby pin and then combing it when dry.
The Pageboy: this style still enjoys popularity today and has taken varying forms. The Pageboy had it’s origin when Lauren Bacall hit the screens in 1944 as the 19 year old co-star of Humphrey Bogart with waves styled under and swept to the side smoothly with a parting. Actress June Allyson wore the pageboy style shorter and more combined with a bob and actually wore her hair in this style well into old age. The style has been mostly attributed though to the trends of the 1950′s when Marilyn Monroe styled her platinum blonde hair into a very short pageboy for the film The Seven Year Itch, and kinky glamour model Bettie Page became synonymous with the hairstyle.
The style was taken from the way boys wore their hair in the 19th century; when the ends of the hair is rolled upwards and outwards the style is known as the ‘pageboy flip’.
The Bob: This trendy hairstyle has never been out of fashion thanks to several actresses across the years. The Bob has been there right from the start, from the early talkies in the 1920′s through to the 1960′s and and 1970′s. In the early years it was enigmatic actress Louise Brooks who made this cut fashionable and was to inspire Liza Minnelli to copy the fashion in ‘Cabaret’ and also Glenda Jackson who wore a slightly longer style of bob cut in her 1973 Hollywood debut film ‘A Touch of Class’. The style was definitely suited to straight hair and any kinks would have been ironed out with ghd Hair Straighteners to achieve that sleek and glossy look. Elizabeth Taylor wore a longer bob cut famously in ‘Cleopatra’.
The Poodle Cut: Inspired by the Italian street girls of Rome, this cut was launched by the siren herself Gina Lollobrigida in the 1956 film ‘Trapeze’. The style was one of the first to feature a root perm and the edges, cut short and wispy, were styled around the face with styling spray.
It was very similar to the style worn by Elizabeth Taylor in ‘A Place in the Sun’, the difference being that Gina’s hair was curled and styled while Taylor’s hair was basically straight and shaped with curlers around the face.
The Wash ‘n Wear Perm (or…the Nellie Forbush cut): Ladies who love to perm had broadway star Mary Martin to thank for introducing this most popular style to the world back in the 1940′s. Back then the usual permanent wave to get was the Marcel Wave which required much pinning, setting and waiting to dry – but then along came the stage musical South Pacific. Star Mary Martin, as Nellie Forbush, had to wash her hair on a nightly basis for a scene (I’m gonna wash that man right outta my hair…) and so legendary Hollywood hairdresser Helen Turpin devised a style for her which was both perky and ‘Nellie’ and also ‘drip dry’ so that her hair would be dry for the next scene – the wash ‘n wear perm was born. Mitzi Gaynor adopted the style for her role as Nellie in the film and the short, curly style is still popular today.
The Gamine Cut: This style, certainly not for everyone, was worn with great flair by actresses such as Leslie Caron, Jean Seberg and Mia Farrow. The style appeared in the 1950′s when Leslie Caron arrived from France and required a style to suit her elfin features. Twiggy made the style very famous in the 1960′s and the cut is still popular today.Copyright © 2008-2012 by Wendy. All rights reserved.