Women Hairstyles of the 1970s
The hairstyles of the 1970s varied from long, soft and feminine to short and androgynous. The hair and experimentations were sometimes direct expression of the time. Hairstyles of this period were influenced by television, films and its stars. Liza Minelli, Jane Fonda, Olivia Newton John, Mia Farrow and others are the creators of the trend of the 70s. Punk singer Debbie Harry of Blondie sparked a new trend with her shoulder-length, dyed platinum blonde hair worn with a long fringe.
Popular characteristic features for the ’70s hairstyles are on the one hand long, straight and centre-parted hair, on the other hand shorter pageboy, shag and wedge styles. Shoulder-length hair with a feather cut was often paired either with flicked out “wings”.
Popular Hairstyles of the 1970s
- Long, straight and centre-parted hair was the fashionable look, as seen on Ali MacGraw in the movie Love Story (1970) and Peggy Lipton in hit TV series Mod Squad (1968-1973).
- The Ape – An early ’70s style that consisted of shorter hair on top combined with longer hair at the back, and lots of layering throughout the hair.
- The Shag is a unisex, no frills cut that involved evenly-progressing layers with graduated sides and a full fringe. A much longer version of the shag, often with waves, was called the gypsy cut.
- The Wedge consisted of short hair with steep-angled layers cut all around the sides and back. This created an almost triangular style that was longer on top, going into a heavily-layered aspect at the back and sides with lots of movement.
- Messy curled afro hairstyles were characterized for the black community and through perming came into a fashion among European hair. The most well known wearers of the style were Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler.
- Cornrows were a trend among black communities as well. In this look the hair is plaited tight to the scalp, either in straight rows (hence the name) or intricate patterns. The hairstyle is very much popular even today.
- The popular sleek, rounded hairstyle was also worn on slightly longer hair, known as a pageboy, just as it had been in the previous two decades.
- Flicks were seen on both short and long hairstyles. They emerged in the early ’70s before Charlie’s Angels (1976) brought the ultimate flicked hair to our attention in the shape of Farrah Fawcett and her “Farrah flicks”.
- Asymmetry was an inseparable part of the 1970s and created a high fashion look. It did not matter how long your hair was, the asymmetry worked for all types of hair and style.
- Mohicans and punks influenced not just the hairstyle but the whole younger generation and period. Their funky hairstyles were very exceptional, crazy and not very often worn. The wearers of the style were punks, Mohicans, skinheads. They were characterized by the different colors, asymmetries, generally short, spiked and unkempt hair.