Seventies HairI am a child of the 70s, so I have seen a lot of change happen... One of those being the different hairstyles from year to year. I don't know how we kept up, but if you will look back to the 1970s, forward, you will see the most distinctive hairdos to ever be created.
It was Conair that delivered the "pistol grip" style blow dryer to the drug store shelves and into the hands of every teenager that could afford one. It usually came down to one per family, but the blow dryer was about to become the most popular household appliance since the television set! With this new technology we were able to create the look that was to become the symbol of the hippie movement, and the 70s.
The 1980s were about to deliver a different look altogether. This was to become the era of the "superwoman." More and more we would see moms going back to work, but having a family at the same time. This required some time constraints to be removed. This would include a shorter, easier haircut to maintain. Gone are the long locks of the 70s. Women (and men) need more time so the shorter the time spent on their dos the better.
With the wedge cuts comes convenience of either drying your hair with the blow dryer or letting it dry natural, as the hair is now cut to be controlled easily. This means falling into place. The 1980s also introduce us to mouse and gel. Two staples of hair care we can no longer live without. These two products are actually very drying to our hair, and we start seeing more hair damage in the 80s.
This brings us up to the 1990s and to a more natural look. People, once again, want to start growing their hair out, but with variations. In the 1990s we started seeing the dawn of feathering, razoring, shagging, etc. The hair would no longer stand up on end as in the 80s styles, but it would be cut more to suit the individual daily needs of each person. We would start seeing hair not getting cut as often, just trimming. The 1990s will also boom with hair care products that smell like summer time flowers and coca butter, and boast of shiny, full, luxurious results.
Now I think we have it figured out. Our stylists certainly do, as they are at trainings regularly to keep up with changing trends and needs of their clients. If you look around a bit, you will also see that the 1970s haven't totally gone by the wayside...
See also: More about vintage hairstyles