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Bringing retro back: 10 iconic hairstyles

15 Sep

The right hairstyle on the right person can define a decade. There’s no doubt that over the years, certain celebrity hair has stood out more than others, and regardless of when you were born, is instantly recognizable.  

Modern trends are often inspired by vintage looks, and hair is no different. Iconic styles are re-imagined and given an updated twist, like borrowing mod styles from the ’60s or soft curls and volume from the ’70s.

Which celebrities have had the most iconic hair? Here are ten of our favourite iconic hairstyles (whether they should ever be repeated or retired is debatable… *cough* ‘the Rachel’ *cough*…):

Oh, beehive!

3 Aug

In honour of Amy Winehouse, this post is dedicated to that fantastically big, teased and lacquered hair that none but her could pull off quite the same in modern times (though, some would argue she didn’t quite pull it off). Yes, we’re talking about that crazy mass of hair atop her head – the beehive.

Most popular in the 1960s, the beehive was created by Margaret Vinci Heldt in Chicago. An award winning stylist and salon owner, Heldt was asked in 1960 by Modern Beauty Salon magazine to design a new hairstyle that would reflect the coming decade. It originated as a variation of the pageboy and bouffant styles that were elaborately teased and hairsprayed and was also given the name B-52, as it resembled the bulbous nose of the B-52 Stratofortress bomber. The style has been modeled by Dusty Springfield, The Ronettes and Joanna Lumley (in Absolutely Fabulous) amongst others, and has made its way back into fashion in Chanel shows and on modern celebrities.

Here’s a mix of retro and modern beehives that we can’t get enough of. Are you bold enough to fashion this ‘do for a special occasion, or even everyday?

Perms: ‘Granny Fabulous’ or just plain fabulous?

13 May

 Perms have come a long way since your granny’s days.

Gone are the days when perms were just tight curls for short hair on old ladies. No offence, Grandma, but it’s just not very modern.

The good news is that there are now modern options for perming your hair. In the past, perms were associated with lots of ammonia, a rotten egg-like scent and a rigid curl without much bounce. The chemicals used were much stronger and caused more damage to the hair. These days, thankfully, perms are less damaging and aggressive. Although they aren’t as long-lasting, they give great bounce in fine, thin and even coloured hair. Perms come in different strengths depending on your hair type and condition, so just because you have dry, coloured hair, doesn’t mean you have to rule out a perm.

“Eufora has one of the mildest and friendliest perms that has come out in the last 15 years,” says co-owner, Remo. “It keeps the integrity of the hair a lot better.”

And the rods used to set the perm are much smoother than in the past, keeping the hair smoother when it’s wound and not too tight. This all translates into a smooth, natural, bouncy curl or wave.

Now, improving the actual formula and tools are well and good and all, but that doesn’t matter much if it would still leave you looking like Edith Bunker. But here’s the good news. A perm can give your hair texture ranging from the loosest, beachy wave to the tightest afro – it all just depends on the size of roller used to set it. So you don’t have to have a granny perm. Leave that to the grannies. They rock it better anyway.

“If you want that beachy wave that’s very in right now, a very loose, textural perm to add movement and style to flat hair is the way to go,” says Sandra, an Associate Stylist. “Perms aren’t just a thing of the past. Even celebrities get them.”

And even more good news? Perms are pretty low maintenance. Aside from having to wait 48 hours before you wash your hair after getting the perm, you just need to put in a nice curling cream or balm and diffuse it with a dryer for your desired look. And even more good news? In the olden days perms got frizzier as time passed, but now they just fade out. You can expect your perm to last between four to six months, depending on the tightness of the curl.

One of our assistants, Johnna, recently got a loose wave perm and she couldn’t be happier. “I love it. It gives me a lot more volume because my hair was very straight and flat before,” she says. “It’s also given me more options because I can still wear it straight if I blow dry it, but it will also hold a bigger curl better than it did before if I use an iron.”

So there you go – the facts about modern perms. I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced. Bring on the sexy, beachy waves for Spring!

It’s not a mullet… It’s a moulett.

12 May

Oh, the mullet.

What glorious being came up with such a phenomenon? It has given us laughs, tears, sneers and Halloween costumes over the years… And I don’t think the style will ever disappear – although, many stylists would like to see it banished to the deepest, darkest places on Earth.

But love them or hate them, mullets are one of those things that no matter how hideous, you just can’t look away. It has to be one of the most talked about hairstyles over the years, and no matter how many people badmouth them, there will always be that guy (or girl… But mostly guy) who will one day declare his hair to be “business up front and a party in the back” in an attempt to “bring the mullet back” – cue the snickering from friends.

So since I have concluded that the marvel of the mullet will never leave, we should celebrate it (but never – EVER – get one ourselves). Here’s a few of our favourite flavours of mullets that we could never possibly erase from our memories, no matter how hard we try. (Due to the sheer volume of mullets out there, it was impossible to include ALL the classics. But here’s a taste…)

The redneck

The pretty boy

The She-Mullet

The Billy Ray

The Agassi

The Rock Star

The Modern

As you can see, the mullet is a complicated and confusing beast. You never quite know what a person who chooses to go the mullet-route was really thinking, but you have to give them credit for going for it.  Having said this, one last word on the cut that just keeps on giving:

Friends don’t let friends get mullets.

Just saying.

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