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.

{2010s}

Retro Gran 2010 decade of hairstyles


{2000s}

Retro Gran 2000 decade of hairstyles


{1990s}

Retro Gran 1990 decade of hairstyles


{1980s}

Retro Gran 1980 decade of hairstyles


{1970s}

Retro Gran 1970 decade of hairstyles


{1960s}

Retro Gran 1960 decade of hairstyles


and present day
{1960s}

Retro Gran 1960 decade of hairstyles


{1950s}

Retro Gran 1950 decade of hairstyles


{1940s}

Retro Gran 1940 decade of hairstyles


{1930s}

Retro Gran 1930 decade of hairstyles


{1920s}

Retro Gran 1920 decade of hairstyles



10 comments:

  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

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  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.

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  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:)

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

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

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    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.

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  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

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    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.

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  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

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  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!
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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