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Have we got a haircut for you!

Throughout the ages, women have gone to extreme lengths to refine and perfect their beauty image. In many cases this involves having the appropriate hairstyle of the time period. Our next musical BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR deals a lot with social conformity, particularly dealing with hairstyles. Hairstyles have had major impacts on women’s social statuses as hairstyles have fluctuated between decades. From the bob to the bouffant, we are going to take you on a timeline of hairstyles through the ages!

Gibson girl

1900 – The Gibson Girl hairstyle was born from an image called ‘Gibson Girl’ created by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson. Widely considered to be the first ‘pin-up girl’, the Gibson Girl was the ideal feminine beauty of the Victorian times. The hairstyle is essentially a messy bun, with a full, rolled look around the bun. Loose strands are curled and frame the face. Volume, volume, volume!

Curtain hair

1910 – The Curtain Hair look was popular during the early 1910’s. This hairstyle included parting hair down the middle and letting a headband hold back the rest of the hair. Bows, pins and other fancy accessories were worn as well.

The bob

1920 – In the mid-1910’s, American ballroom dancer Irene Castle bobbed her hair for convenience before an appendectomy. This fashion trend led to wrecked homes and broken engagements due to the short hair phenomenon that took America by storm in the 20s. This highly controversial style know as the Bob, or the Castle Bob, was a blunt cut around the head, a simple but drastic change from the Curtain Hair and Gibson Girl hairstyles. This style is the most controversial style in history and contributed to the “new woman” phase of the 20s.

Marcel hair

1930 – The Marcel Hair was named after Francois Marcel Grateau who invented the hair-waving process known to create the hairstyle. This style was short, pinned up hair with finger waves.

Barrel curls

Victory rolls

1940 – This time period was the birth of Barrel Curls and Victory Rolls displayed by the trendiest pin-up girls. The barrel curls were thick, almost cylindrical curls that were either pinned up or hung from both sides of the face. Victory rolls were similar, however they were usually pinned up in a half-up, half-down fashion with the largest two curls sitting on top of the head. Named after tricks executed by victorious Allied planes after World War II, the curls or rolls on top of the head were worn as “wings”.


Pixie cut

1950 – The 50s had various styles of hair such as the pony tail and the pixie cut. Pony tails were similar then as they are now, hair pulled back with a hair tie. Audrey Hepburn popularized the pixie cut, which consisted of hair cut very short all the way around.




1960 – The Pageboy, Bouffant and Beehive hairstyles were all the rage in the 60s. Olympic ice skating champion Dorothy Hamill’s bob became what was know as the pageboy look. This low maintenance style was a simple cut under the ears. Bouffant hairstyles were made popular by Jackie Kennedy, the first lady. This elegant and glamorous style was achieved by curling and rolling ones hair to the top of their head, occasionally held back with a headband. Another popular hairstyle was the beehive, a style that was create by winding hair with rollers to produce a full, beehive like shape.

Feathered hair

1970 – Actress Farah Fawcett popularized the groovy Feathered hairstyle. This style was parted and teased back away from the face but still flowing.

Crimped, colored hair


1980 – The 80s brought along various hairstyles such as the perm, crimped, curled and colored look that are similar to styles today…only not as big or with as much hairspray.

The Rachel

1990 – Layered hair known as ‘The Rachel’ was popularized by characters such as Rachel Green from Friends. The extreme height and volume of the 80s had died down to a more natural look featuring a lot of highlights and lowlights.

Emo rock hair

2000 – As many of us can still remember, the 2000s emo rock scene brought out many styles that had been popularized in the past. Only this time many people experimented with hair dyes and placing their own personalities on traditional styles.

In certain instances in the late 1910’s, having trendy hairstyles such as the Bob were seen as unordinary and many were discarded for trying to be revolutionary. A similar situation happens to Bernice Harvey in BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR. Come see the show in October to find out how Bernice overcomes this hair hardship!

For an animated look at hairstyles through the ages, check out this video from The Atlantic!

The Bob

Hair Styles of the Last 100 Years

The Bob

Hair Styles of the Last 100 Years


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