From chic Sassoon cuts to undone rock star styling, here’s a look back at how hairstyles from decades gone by are framing the trends of today and beyond.
The Purdey: Large and fulsome, this classic haircut was inspired by the late ’70s television series The New Avengers. Featuring a streamlined look, and contoured neckline definition, this look was adopted by a young Princess Diana and was followed by many women throughout the decade.
Fashion Icon: Princess Diana
Punk Hair: High and defined hairstyles that began with the punk movement in the late ’70s achieved pop culture status by the mid ’80s.
Fashion Icon: Singer Joan Jett
The Scrunch: This look was created by Trevor Sorbie while he was attempting to minimize the drying time of his client’s hair. With its ample volume and versatility, the Scrunch was
an achievable style for any hair type.
Fashion Icon: Singer Cindy Lauper
With distinct hairstyles featuring sharp lines and contours, the ’80s offered a pop/rock mix that became known as “new wave.”
• “The Tide Is High” Blondie, 1981
• “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” Eurythmics, 1983
• “Karma Chameleon” Culture Club, 1984
• “Red Red Wine” UB40, 1988
Photos: Hair: Neil Barton, Edinburgh, Scotland; Makeup: Sarah Jagger; Styling: Bernard Connelly; Photo: Richard Miles; Keystone Press Agency