By Pamela Church Gibson

Not anything defines anyone like their coiffure - and what a century it's been for hair! Bangs, bobs, buns, beehives and bouffants have vied with pixie cuts, pin curls, perms and pageboys for ascendancy in an ever-changing parade of girls appears to be like and tendencies, and one of the males weve obvious Caesers, comb overs, ducktails, fake hawks, flattops, quiffs and slick backs. From the Edwardian period in the course of the seismic alterations of the 20s and 60s, and together with each quirky twist hair heritage took on its technique to the flip of the millennium, this publication is a lush visible survey of 100 years of hair kinds and the good stylists of the century together with Jackie Kennedys stylist Mr. Kenneth and innovators like Vidal Sassoon.

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After the war, hairnets (made from a denser mesh than snoods) lingered on into the austerity Britain of the 1950s. By that time they had acquired a reputation for representing the very opposite of glamour. They were worn by female factory and catering workers for practical purposes – although we should note that Ena Sharples, the aggressive matriarch of British TV show Coronation Street, wore hers with pride at all times. The Page Boy Haircut 1941 Not all women were working – and even for those who were, there were the weekends, when they could dress differently, follow fashion and perhaps inject a little glamour into their lives.

Most young people of both sexes grew their hair slightly and some let it become very long indeed. Students and musicians did not have the tiresome dress codes of the average workplace to observe. Everyone in this picture (male or female) has longer hair, even if it is just a matter of heavier fringes and covered ears – a trend that would last well into the early 1970s. The word ‘unisex’ had entered the collective consciousness and soon ‘unisex salons’ would appear. These fans are in Hyde Park for the Stones’ famous ‘free concert’, where Mick Jagger released a crowd of white butterflies and recited a poem by Shelley in a tribute to Brian Jones.

Many, like those seen here, were endorsed by actresses – some better known than others. However, there were also developments in and around hair salons. More and more new establishments were opening their doors to women, offering increasingly sophisticated and specialised treatments. They offered a growing range of new procedures and used the new technology now on offer – the still-familiar ‘hood’ hair dryer now made its appearance. With the bewildering range of new products, both in salons and for use at home, there were obvious dangers.

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