Published: 03/16/2011 at Richard Gonzalez
Television and movies have long been trend setters for the majority of us. Some that live a sheltered existence can always catch the latest trends and fashion simply by switching on a TV show or pay the astronomical prices that have been steadily increasing at the theatre. Magazines have also captured our interest in what should be in style for the upcoming year. Impulse purchases of these magazines can transcend a whole new epidemic of clothes, makeup or hair.
Not being a woman, or very interested in keeping up with the Jones' when it comes to fashion, I have to admit that I really don't have much of a pulse on that arena of Americana. But, I do like watching television and I do see how, for some people, it does represent what they should look like.
Hairstyles have garnished a lot of this stir. A short cut here, an 'up-do' there...some of these styles I didn't even know they had names - more like the name of the person who made them 'famous'. Here is a short list of some of these hair-hats.
5. The bob. I have to say that I remember this not because of some pretty lady on television or the movies wore it, but my mother paraded around in this style way back when I was too young to tell her that she looked beautiful. A little research told me that a ball room dancer, named Irene Castle, actually brought this to the mainstream back in the 'Roaring 20's". It looks as good then as it did on my mother...of course my biased opinion says that it should be her that should be credited for its popularity.
4. The Rachel. OK, really? A character on a television show gets their name for a hairstyle? Jennifer Anniston played one of 6 really good looking people that lived in a really cool apartment in New York. Show's name was Friends and it made a gigantic splash in the 1990s on prime time television. I remember watching the show and thinking, 'how is it possible to live in one of the wealthiest cities in the world and not have a job to help pay for it all?” Anyway, Rachel Green (the character played by Jennifer Anniston) gets credited for making every woman in America want to be a 'Friend'.
3. Farrah Fawcett - the feather look. Some of you remember the name 'Charlie’s Angels' as a big Hollywood movie, but before the glim and glamour of the big screen, Farrah Fawcett and her constituents were on the small screen - and they blew it up better then anyone could. Mrs. Majors had long blond locks that were feathered back. Many of young high school bedroom walls were adorned with the same photo of her sitting down, knees up to her chest and that hair...oh that hair. It was slightly before my time that the show came on, but I did have that poster.
2. Marge Simpson - The beehive was, I'm positive, a hairdo that far exceeds the existence of Springfield’s own Marge Simpson. What is this country coming too that a trend could be started by someone’s imagination and pencil drawings? Well, it all worked. Homer couldn't get enough of that high hairdo and the superwoman that wore it proud. Never a strand out of place, Marge made the beehive look magnificent...and its blue!
1. The Beetles. The Fab Four have a lot to do with so much that this country deems to be stylish and important. Their music changed the music industry and not since Elvis, had so many women screamed and yelled their names - (my aforementioned mother was among the star crazed lunatics.) Hard to imagine that they also can put their name in the fashion books - but those mop-tops were to die for. These days, people would ask if they got a free salad with those cuts (referencing that the barber put a bowl on their heads and cut the excess hair around their heads), but back in the 60's it was all about peace, love, & rock 'n' roll. I guess I was wrong about what the song, "Love, Love me (hair) do" stood for.
Honorable mention has to go to the classic 'bed head' - a hairstyle that throughout my adolescence, I have sported on more then one occasion. It never did get the notoriety that I expected or thought it should until a recent trip to the hair salon. I was ready to pay my bill when I looked over and saw, in a hockey puck like container, something called 'bed head'. I asked the stylist what it was and she said that it was some sort of gel like substance that makes your hair appear to have 'life'. In other words, the 'bed-head' style of appearing that you just got out of bed. Just one question: "Where are my $#@% residuals?"