Ok, so I originally wrote this article as a guest post for an upcoming blog about beauty and it was supposed to go live about 6 months ago. However, the website is still under construction and I decided I didn’t want to waste the article. So here it is: The 15 Most Iconic Celebrity Hairstyles of All Time!
I remember that when I was about 9 or 10 years old, I asked my mom if I could cut my hair exactly like T-Boz. Of course she didn’t let me, since I had long and healthy hair back then, but I had to try. T-Boz, from the girl group, TLC, had short hair with two long pieces in the front. She called it the “Waterfall Sideburns.” It’s almost like an old-school A-line bob and I’m pretty sure that many other girls wanted this haircut back in the 90’s.
14. James Dean
James Dean was the ultimate bad-boy “greaser”. I’ve even heard that Danny Zuko from Grease was based on Mr. Dean. His iconic look of slicked back hair, white T-shirt and jeans has lived on for so many years. To pull this look off, you must have a matching pack of cigarettes tucked up in your sleeve, and a ton of hair grease.
13. Audrey Hepburn
Ms. Hepburn has always been known as a major fashion icon. Her elfin crop haircut and short bangs were extremely popular back in the day, and people always remember her as an iconic figure. She proved to the world that short hair could also be feminine and chic.
12. Kanye West
My brother-in-law convinced me to add Kanye to this list. I didn’t really think of him as having an iconic celebrity hairstyle, but it’s true if you think about it. This hairstyle is extremely popular amongst men in the modern times. I’m not quite sure if people specifically ask for the “Kanye” cut, but the short, lined-up fade is a very popular haircut.
11. Will Smith
If you were a 90’s kid, you’ve probably seen every single episode of this show and still know the theme song by heart. In the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Will Smith rocked a faded, super-high flat-top. This style was extremely popular with men in the 90’s. It was a very trendy haircut at the time, but let’s hope it never makes a return!
10. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber has one of the most iconic hairstyles of modern times. Although he recently cut his hair, the style lives on. I would say more than half of the teenage boy haircuts I do, are the “Bieber” cut, although boys will usually never admit that.
9. Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham has been rocking some type of short bob haircut during the past few years. She made the graduated bob (asymmetrical or not) a very popular trend amongst the women of modern times. Her hair is always very textured and flattering, and would look good on almost anyone.
8. Jackie Kennedy
Jackie O, first lady to President Kennedy, started the S-bouffant trend that lived on through the 1960’s. Every housewife (on television or not) had this same hairstyle. It looked very proper and lady-like to have a bouffant. Jackie also started various other trends like the “pillbox hat”.
7. The Beatles
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, better known as The Beatles, became instant fashion icons the second they hit the scene. Prior to their arrival, it was uncommon for men to wear longer hair, so it was new and exciting to the world. They rocked the “mop-top” haircut which was longer in the back and sides, and had straight fringe in the front. How did it start? McCartney stated in an interview, “We saw a guy in Hamburg whose hair we liked. John and I were hitchhiking to Paris. We asked him to cut our hair like he cut his.”
Madonna was the “Lady Gaga” of the 1980’s without the meat dress. She did things that were new and never seen before, which granted her instant exposure. Shortly after Madonna rose to fame, every woman rocked a bad perm with dark roots.
5. Dorothy Hamill
To this day, I get people asking for the Dorothy Hamill “wedge” haircut. I really didn’t know what it was at first, as she was a little before my time. It’s like a short bob haircut in the front that blends in the back. It is important to keep the weight line in the back matched up with the front. In case you don’t know who she is, she is a gold-winning figure skater from the 1976 Winter Olympics.
4. Farrah Fawcett
Farrah Fawcett “wings” is another common haircut that people still ask for today. She became super popular when she debuted on Charlie’s Angels. She was young and beautiful and so many people wanted to look like her. This hairstyle was extremely popular through the 1970’s with the disco queens. Although it’s not as trendy as it once was, it is still popular with the older crowd.
3. Jennifer Aniston
I remember when Jennifer Aniston came out on Friends, with her flattering face-framed haircut. This hairstyle was instantly dubbed the “Rachel Haircut.” My mom pretty much immediately took me to the salon to have my hair cut like this. The face frame is still in full force today as it is flattering to most people’s face shapes and it can accentuate any longer haircut.
2. Elvis Presley
When most people think of a big pompadour with long sideburns, they think of Elvis Presley. He was the king of rock and roll, and almost everyone knows who he is (I say “almost” everyone because Honey Boo Boo Child thinks Elvis works for Santa at the North Pole). There is still a crowd in today’s world that wear pompadours and sideburns, and then there are always the ever-popular Elvis impersonators.
1. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe is the face of glamour. She had platinum, bleached-blonde hair that was always arranged into some sort of glamorous style. People have always loved her, and continue to love her today. The “pin-up girl” has managed to stay in style throughout the years and Marilyn Monroe is the queen. I can’t think of a time that she wouldn’t be considered beautiful, classy or elegant. Since her style has lived through more than 50 years, I imagine that she will be around forever.
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