From super long ‘dos and barely-there hair, over the past several decades there have been plenty of trends when it comes to hair. But what makes a hairstyle a true standout icon?
The signature styles we feel meet iconic status are those which have influenced their generation, and remain memorable even today, from Jane Birkin’s fringe, to Audrey Hepburn’s classic chignon and Diana Ross’s sky-high curls.
After skyrocketing to fame as the classy, chignon-wearing Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Hepburn became a glamorous muse for the women of the 1960s. From her beehive-style look to her neat, elegant up-dos, Hepburn always knew how to mix the right amount of creativity, volume and of course, short bangs.
With a smooth, gently curled and slicked-back bob that showed off her perfectly symmetrical face, Grace epitomised the elegant movie star-look of the ‘50s.
This English actress made a name for herself as a fashion muse and model in the ‘60s, but her inimitable hairstyle is what has proved the longest-lived aspect of her famous image. Along with straight, messy brown locks, her eyebrow-length bangs became a must have.
With her big blue eyes, long spider-like lashes and her iconic pixie haircut, Twiggy was the muse of the ’60s and ’70s. Although she has embraced a wide range of styles, from long natural curls to crimped waves and bouncy bangs, her sleek side-parted pixie remains the most iconic.
Ross’ perfectly styled bouffant and asymmetrical bobs of her early career later gave way to a sky-high afro and, of course, the gorgeous, iconic curls that became her signature look.
The original Charlie’s Angels stars’ bouncy style made her tresses look super voluminous and inspired a generation of women to drop the flowing, hippie locks and whip out their blow driers for flipped, feathered curls.
The famous royal’s short, blond layered bob remained constant throughout her time in Buckingham Palace, although it was a simple feathered pageboy cut which everyone knew and reflected her growing self-assurance.
The actress’ most iconic hairstyle has to be ‘The Rachel’, a bouncy, square layered hairstyle introduced in season one of Friends and named after her character, Rachel Green.