big hair

Retro Memory #29 – The Bouffant

Marie Antoinette portrait

“Big Hair” started well before the 80s…

In the 1960’s life was free and hair was big. Just take a look at some of the icons of the era: Jackie Kennedy, Priscilla Presley, Bridget Bardot. “The higher the better” was the battle cry as women tangle and teased their locs into gravity-defying styles. Those were the days.

“Big hair” as a fashion style can be traced back long before the heavy metal heroes of the 80’s or even the teased and rat-tailed styles of the 50’s and 60’s.

Motley Crue Metal Band
Motley Crue was one of the best-known metal “hair bands” of the 1980’s.

Indeed, Marie Antoinette herself was said to have been a fan of the high and extreme hairstyles that were popular in her time. There’s just something about hair reaching for the heavens that seems to compel both men and women to sport these types of styles. And so many find it attractive, as we can see with fashion repeating itself every few decades.

Big hair came, went, and came back. And went away again, but I can guarantee you that it will return again sometime soon.

Get your hairspray ready and listen to this episode of the Parenting Then and Now Retro Memory to get prepared.


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