Friday, June 28, 2013

Decades of Hair

If you didn't know this about me already, I like experimenting with my hair.  I get bored having the same hairstyle, day in and day out, so I will try different techniques as subtle as changes in roller placement, as well as drastic changes in length and color.

Retro Gran as a Blonde, Redhead, and Brunette

Here, let me insert that even though my hair has gone through lots of changes over the years, at one point I did have the same hairstyle for about 10 years - long and straight with the occasional curl.

Ten years worth of the same hairstyle | Retro Gran

Before that, I never really kept it the same for long, it was super short for a while, then I would grow it out, then it would be mid length, then short again, until I finally grew it out and just left it. I'm not sure why I left it like that for so long.  Maybe I became attached to it, like a security blanket.

Retro Gran's ever changing hairstyles

Then about two years ago, after having it pretty much the same for all of those years, I decided that I was stuck in a rut and in danger of becoming one of those little old ladies with long grey hair, and I cut it all off.  Do you think maybe I was having a mid-life crisis?

Cutting my hair pretty much coincided with my decision to delve into the vintage world.   I had tried my hand at replicating hairstyles of the past on several occasions before, with some success, but still had no idea how to truly accomplish the looks I wanted. Then one day, shortly after cutting my hair and while recuperating from major shoulder surgery, I was lying in bed surfing through Youtube videos and ran across Ashley from Lisa Freemont Street.  I was mesmerized,  here was this gorgeous, young woman sporting a vintage hairstyle and showing me just how to achieve that look.  Needless to say, I was hooked.

Since that day, I have tried a plethora of hairstyles from different eras, trying to find what I like best, what suits my facial features best, and basically just having fun with lots of trial and error.

When I started writing this post, I looked back over some photographs of vintage hairstyles that I have tried to achieve and realized that they covered five decades of styles and I thought, how fun it would be to share those with you.  But, as I began writing, it also occurred to me that in another years time I will be turning 50 and will have truly sported five decades of hairstyles of my very own.  How cool is that? - Except for the turning 50 part which could really be depressing if I thought about it. - Let's skip that fact.

Deciding what I wanted to share with you, and just how far in the past to travel, I thought, why not share it all.  Nearly 100 years worth of hairstyles! Now, where to start?  I think we shall work from this decade back in time.


Retro Gran 2010 decade of hairstyles


Retro Gran 2000 decade of hairstyles


Retro Gran 1990 decade of hairstyles


Retro Gran 1980 decade of hairstyles


Retro Gran 1970 decade of hairstyles


Retro Gran 1960 decade of hairstyles

and present day

Retro Gran 1960 decade of hairstyles


Retro Gran 1950 decade of hairstyles


Retro Gran 1940 decade of hairstyles


Retro Gran 1930 decade of hairstyles


Retro Gran 1920 decade of hairstyles


  1. Such a great idea! I loved seeing all of your pictures. How cute were you with that feathered hair?! ;)
    You are gorgeous no matter what the decade!
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn

  2. I've been there with hair. We all have moments in life where we get hair ruts. In your posts, I do love how you style your hair. I'm not so talented, which is why I think I have a pixie.

  3. Thanks for sharing your hair journey. You have some marvelous hair. You really look the same "age wise" as you did 20 years ago:)

  4. Thanks for all of the sweet words ladies! You guys rock!

  5. How fun is this? I love all the different hairstyles you have rocked over the years! Which was your favourite though?!

    1. Good question, Rachel. Im not sure which is my favorite. I really enjoy having longer hair, I guess thats why I kept it for so long and Im seriously considering growing it back out. I do have to say though that the short hairstyle I had in the 90s was by far my easiest hairstyle. I literally just washed it and went.

  6. This is such a fascinating, wonderful post and look at an element (your hair) of your life and look that has changed so much over the years. I wish I had more snaps of my hair throughout my life so that I could follow your lead (thankfully, I've had plenty from last year, when I began posting outfit photos on a regular basis, so perhaps down the road I still can).

    I just have to say, you are - and have always been - such a terrifically beautiful woman, dear Denise, and that you're looked excellent in all of the hairstyles, colours, cuts, etc shown here.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Aww, thank you so much, that is so sweet.

      I hope you do find those snapshots of your hair and share those with us. I would love to see them.

  7. I love this post and it was so neat of you to share all the photos from the past. I loved them all!!! Loved it mama! xox

  8. What a fun post!! I love you in the 50's and 30's best of all! This is really cool that you can actually look back on different eras!


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