Beauty trends are no stranger to the nature of recycling. Every era has its staples that make a later resurgence (like the French manicure). Today, when we leave the salon and ask our stylists “how can I recreate the way you style my hair when I’m at home?” one of the most common pieces of advice is to always start the direction of your curls back, away from your face (before you start alternating directions, if your aim is a more tousled look). Any ideas on where that advice originated? Let’s take a quick trip if you will… to the 1970s.
Reflecting back on ‘70s hairstyles, we’re reminded of hair icons like Jane Birkin, Donna Summer, Cher, and Diana Ross. They gave us eyebrow-length bangs, big brushed-out curls, afros, and long, straight, hippie-lovin’ hair. But there’s one legendary hair icon from the decade that sticks out above the rest: Farrah Fawcett.
Farrah gave us the unmistakable feathered hairstyle with her role as Jill Monroe on the original sitcom Charlie’s Angels. In our opinion, this hairstyle defined the era. What makes this beauty trend a timeless one is that it’s been able to evolve with the years. With many era-centric looks, it can feel like you’re wearing a costume when you re-create them. But Fawcett’s flipped out look has been modernized and reinterpreted time and time again.
The volume isn’t at the crown or the top of the head like it was in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Instead, all the volume for this look is focused in the flips and curls that give it its character, opening up the facial features and neckline (remember that advice you got from your stylist?) Well, there you have it. Farrah Fawcett's feathered locks taught us a thing or two, and we're still being advised to follow her lead, when you break things down.
Ahead, 25 ways to wear feathery, 1970s hair à la Farrah Fawcett.
A long, feathered side bang can be enough to give your waves a retro twist.
For shorter hair, try using a smaller-barrelled (3/4"-1") round brush for more defined, feathery pieces.