Vintage Style #38: Hair

Hair is actually quite strange when you stop and think about it.  It's basically there to protect your head from the effects of the sun and serves as insulation.  Beyond that, it's function is under debate.  But this tuft atop our heads has tons of meaning for us humans.

The hippies grew it long as an act of rebellion, and blacks let it 'fro as a demonstration of their African roots. In the 50s and 60s, men slicked it back and cut it close while the ladies manicured it like a topiary.  Eighties hair bands as an androgynous and decadent statement while the subsequent grunge bands let it hang limp, untended and greasy.  In the early part of the seventies, the "earthy" anti-materialist vibe was all around and women subsequently wore their hair simple and straight.  When the disco era hit, a more glam, feathered and tended hairstyle became popular.

You get the picture... and that's just the latter half of one century.  This hair thing has been going on since mankind was slinging stones at mammoths.  In this post, I've just collected together a few hair related ephemera I have lying around.  Enjoy.

I have this copy of Young Miss (October 1971) lying around, and the cover intrigued me.  "What to do with problem hair"..... and the two women on the cover are not examples of problem hair, but rather the solution! I simply had to have a look inside.

It's striking to me how different these ladies look without their massive hairstyles.  I'm not so sure there's an improvement.

Fast forward fifteen years and the eighties hairsprayed look is in full swing. Between Locklear and her man, Tommy Lee, there had to have been cases of Aqua Net in their bathroom.  I'm betting the ozone was just a little bit thinner over the Locklear-Lee estate.

Here's some old newspaper ads for hair stylists...

On a related note, about a year ago I did a post on the beauty parlor/barber shop.  Might be worth another look. Also a post on big hair last September.

In this next section I took the portraits of the upper management for a company in the 1970s.  Of course, all of them are men.  I think it's a pretty good glimpse into the hair of that time period - especially the facial hair trends.

Last but not least, let's check out the women.  Here's a chronological look at slutty hairstyles from the late seventies to the late eighties. All the women are of ill repute, but never you mind that - these are great examples of styles through the years.  Behold - ten years of pornstyles.


  1. That upper management dude talking on the phone is a dead ringer for John Astin.

    1. That upper management dude talking on the phone is a dead ringer for my dad.

  2. Those upper management pics look like the Serial Killer Hall of Fame.

  3. Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair
    Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen
    Give me down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer
    Here baby, there, momma, everywhere, daddy, daddy

    Hair, flow it, show it
    Long as God can grow, my hair

  4. I about had a heart attack here at my desk...I was sure one of those upper management guys was my high school boyfriend! But we were both in high school in the late 70's, so couldn't be him. Also, he never would have made it to 'upper' management. Whew.

    What in the Sam Hill made us use that heavy lower-lid eyeliner? That was awful. I have pictures of myself from that time period and I just look like a scared raccoon.

  5. That last bit was like "Name that Porn Star!"

  6. When you're an 80s porn star, bangs wear you.

  7. At first I thought the gals on the cover of "Young Miss" were middle-aged matrons. But after looking at the article, I think they were probably high school age. Those "after" hairdos are not flattering! They each appear to have gained thirty years and forty pounds.