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How fashionable hairstyles have changed over the years!

Working as a hairstylist means that you will have fun creating all kinds of hairstyles, depending on who you work with and for. You may work in a modern salon dealing with today’s fashionable hairstyles, cuts and colours, or maybe you’ll work with clients from a variety of generations with different tastes in hairstyles. It’s so interesting when you look back over the years to see how certain styles come in and out of fashion. We’ve got some great examples to show you.

Hairstyles have changed and evolved a lot over the past 100 or so years. Let’s take a leap right back to the start of the 20th century and see how hair has changed over the years, and what’s influenced that change.

1900 – Gibson Girl

This hairstyle was part of a complete look named the ‘Gibson Girl’ which consisted of having flat pale face makeup and some simple eye makeup, a corseted waist and soft hair piled upon the head in a bouffant style. The Gibson Girl style is widely considered to be the first ‘pin-up girl’. The look encompassed the ideal feminine beauty of the Victorian times.

1910 – Curtain Hair

During the 1910’s, ‘curtain hair’ gained a lot of popularity. This hairstyle entailed parting short hairs down the middle, then letting the long hairs fall across a headband worn around the middle of the head, just above the ears. To make it a bit more elegant, women often constructed ringlet curls all along the headband.

1920 – Bobbed

Because of World War 1, many women were working in factories and the medical area. Having long hair in these environments it made it difficult to maintain and in the medical jobs, quite unhygienic. Once the war had ended, the hairstyle caught on as a fashion trend. And, after being adopted by celebrities such as Irene Castle and Coco Chanel the cut really took off into the mainstream and lasted a long while.

1930 – Marcel Wave

The Marcel Wave was originally not a hairstyle, but it was the name given to the stylish wave given to the hair by means of heated curling irons, often referred to as ‘Marcelling’.  A French hairdresser named Francois Marcel originally invented the technique in 1872. It then proceeded to develop over 50 years until the style became named the ‘Marcel Wave’.

1940 – Victory Rolls

The victory rolls hairstyle was said to be influenced by the fighter plane manoeuvres and stunts made in World War II. When executing the manoeuvres, the planes created an exhaust trail that remained in the sky after leaving the area and inspired many patriotic civilians to adopt the name into the hairstyle to show honour to the soldiers returning home.

1950 – Pixie

In 1953, the film ‘Roman Holiday’ was released, in this film, Audrey Hepburn was sporting a pixie cut. The film was a huge success and so was Audrey meaning everyone wanted to look like her. The hairstyle quickly caught on and became extremely popular. People still wear the style today! They were also popular because, depending on the style, they’re very easy to maintain and can be worn casually, or dressed up for special occasions.

1960 – Pageboy

The Pageboy hairstyle was made famous by model Bettie Page in the late 1950’s and gained popularity in the 1960’s and it was an edgy and stylish look. A Pageboy is designed for medium to short length hair and is easy to maintain. It was sold to the public as the hairstyles worn historically by English Pageboys. It is somewhat similar to a bob cut.

1970 – Chelsea

In the 1950’s, a subculture called ‘Skinheads’ emerged in London amongst the working class youths. The hairstyles in this subculture were rough and people were either completely bald or had a very short layer of hair all over their heads. Although not massive in the 50’s and 60’s, the skinhead subculture along with the punk style emerged in a dramatic fashion in the 1970’s. The Chelsea cut, which is almost entirely shaved, was particularly popular. It was a very harsh looking cut, only really popular in the UK. It consisted of a short back and sides, leaving only bangs and fringes at the front.

1980 – Feathered

Feathered hair was popular both in the 70’s and 80’s for both men and women! It was primarily meant for straight hair. The hair was split into a centre parting and had many, many layers. The hair would be brushed back at the sides, giving an appearance reminiscent of the features of a bird.

1990 – Layers

There was one hairstyle that took the 1990’s by storm, and that was the Rachel cut. In the 90’s the TV show ‘Friends’ was extremely prominent, even more so than It is today, believe it or not. Jennifer Anniston’s character Rachel sported a hairstyle that was just layer upon layers. Because the show was so popular this cut spread like wildfire, easily becoming the most popular amongst the masses.

2000 – Crimped and Straight

There was no real defined style for the 2000’s, but there were a lot of strange styles floating around. One of the strangest was the crimped and straight hairstyle worn by Britney Spears. Since Britney Spears was such a big influence, the hairstyle caught on and was worn by a lot of the younger public. Some other strange styles consisted of Straight hair with random curls, Blonde hair on top and brunette underneath, and curled at the roots, straight at the ends. I think it’s safe to say we’d like to forget about quite a few styles from the 2000’s…

2010 – Anything goes!

These days there is no real set hairstyle! Trends come and go, but they don’t stick around like they used to. People are cutting their hair in all shapes and sizes now, according to what they like and what they think suits them! Also, thanks to social media, influencers are posting hair tutorials that people can follow and everyone is getting really creative with different styles!

Hairdressing Apprenticeship success stories

We have helped many people to get on the Hairdressing career route over the years. Here are just a couple of the many success stories.

Mikaela Luff -

 Mikaela began her NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing straight from school, attending a local college with day release to a local salon.  Once she successfully completed her Level 2, she was employed as a full time stylist at a salon in Winchester.  “I had always wanted to do hairdressing, it appealed to me that I could do a job where someone can instantly feel good about themselves by changing their look. It's a really rewarding job.”

Dan-Jay Allarton -

Dan-Jay started an Apprenticeship with Paragon Skills as he wanted to achieve his Level 3 in Hairdressing and realise his dream of opening up his own salon. His thirst for learning and hard work not only gained him new cutting and colouring techniques, but also his maths and English qualifications – something he wasn’t sure he could do at the outset.

If you are interested in learning whilst you are earning a salary, gaining valuable work experience and nationally recognised qualifications, then have a look at our Apprenticeship Vacancies and see what opportunities are available in your area. Also, find out more about the type of Apprenticeship training available.

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