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Famous and Infamous Ladies Wearing Iconic Short Hairstyles from the Distant and Recent Past.

Short Hair Pioneers.Short Hair Pioneers.

For the majority of history, ladies wore their tresses longer. Only the last century saw the tide turn. Cultural observers of the 1920's saw flappers rise in popularity and infamy. "Flapper" was a derogatory term but those it was intended to offend adopted and ameliorated it. Louise Brooks (top left) was the pin-up girl for the movement and possessed all the qualities of flappers in spades. The silent film star and dancer wasn't averse to the odd scandal. Considered quite scurrilous in those austere times, she still reveled in it.

The Roaring Twenties proved to be a blip in the domination of lengthy locks until the Fifties. Marilyn Monroe was more famous for medium length voluminous blonde curls. She wore it short on occasion but often still blonde and curly. Her life was brief and her death controversial but she shone brighter and few have had such an impact on popular culture.

Another megastar from the Golden Age of Hollywood is Audrey Hepburn, her unmistakable elfin features recognized globally. She's considered the mother of the pixie. It's certain she was one of the first to wear her hair cropped close but modern pixie cuts display more shape. It's arguable that Jean Seberg was the first person in the public eye to wear what would pass as a modern pixie. Her original trademark being long blonde hair but she went short for the role of Joan of Arc.


Glammed Up Short Hairdos.Maverick Chopped Locks.

The Sixties, Seventies, and early Eighties were times of social upheaval, style fluidity, and massive fashion faux pas. The shackles of the post-war era were off and technology allowed experimentation in music, textiles, and hairdressing. Television ownership became widespread and media culture was born. Typical young adults had disposable incomes for the first time. Leisure wasn't the preserve of the rich. Mass media driven trends became widespread and the rate of change spiraled out of control.

Woodstock, Carnaby Street, Glam rock, the rise of Punk, and the excesses of the Eighties caused huge fashion swings. Culture bounced off itself then back-lashed in other directions in rapid succession. Eyes itched when subjected to the era's appalling fashion crimes. Yet, if you didn't appreciate the look du jour, a few months later something else would arrive.

Where there's change there's innovation. Some trends during the time are subject to deserved ridicule but plenty of wheat in the chaff could be found. Find derivatives of Twiggy and Mia Farrow's pixie cuts the world over. Today you won't find many Mullets like Jane Fonda's or elaborate flicked numbers like Princess Diana's. Yet where would we be without face-framing side bangs or quiffed undercuts?  


Nineties Grunge Hair.Grunge and Rebellion.

Iconic status isn't only related to popularity. Controversial, groundbreaking and memorable are suitable attributes too. Madonna is no shrinking violet and often all the above. She was more rebellious during her "Vogue" and "Erotica" periods, coinciding with her time as a platinum blonde. "True Blue" ushered in the new Madge, she lingered for a while and then vogued out in titanium pin-curls.

Sinead O'Connor, on the other hand, was born a rebel and doesn't show any sign of relenting 50 years later. Pictured here harbouring a quarter inch of fluff to prove it. Originally a defense mechanism to fend off the advances of media executives she's quoted as not feeling herself without a stubble head.

In the mid-nineties the spread of Grunge and Meg Ryan's choppy bob coincided sparking a revolution. Keri Russell got on the receiving end of a fans revolt when an amusing idea backfired. She had her trademark flowing curls chopped on the set of the second series of "Felicity" where she played the eponymous character. The drama then bombed, her curls grew back but viewers didn't. A perfect lesson in why you should try our makeover tool first, nobody wants a similar popularity decimation. 


Bobs from the Modern Era.Modern Classic Cropped Haircuts.

Until the turn of the millennium, a bob haircut was a simple affair, some had bangs others didn't, that was about it. Victoria Beckham arrived and we now see inverted, A-line, stacked, and many variations. Where would a list of hairstyles be without an entry from Rihanna?? This asymmetrical undercut is one of many we could've chosen.

Miley Cyrus put us through something of an image trauma a few years ago. Shoulder length ombre gave way to peroxide quiffed under-cuts, pixie crops, and twerking. Jennifer Lawrence provided another shock to the system by exchanging her length for that highlighted pixie with heavy bangs. In this picture, she added a little something by slicking it back.

Many of us see going short as a breakout in a new direction, a start of the next phase in life's rich tapestry. Carve a personal path through the assault course of the world of cosmetology and fashion.

Iconic doesn't need to be desirable, if we're honest some of the hairstyles in this group of sixteen are a bit rubbish it's the wearer's beauty and status that carry the day. They are iconic because they shocked or changed what everyone else was doing and stuck in everyone conscious.


Total Inspiration for Your Next Short Haircut.

Many stars, celebrities, and trendsetters in the public eye possess immaculate long tresses everyone wants to emulate. In reality, these people have armies of stylists at their disposal. Don't be a slave to lengthy locks, join the growing ranks of women wearing short haircuts.

You could be here for several reasons. Hair to your knees and diving in getting a sassy short hairstyle? A chequered hair history and determined to get it right this time? Already short but fancy a change to another cut? Another reason?

Choosing new short hairstyles can be tough, especially if you've opted for a drastic change. We're here making decisions as smooth as possible. There are a myriad of possibilities fitting into certain general categories;

Broad Short Hairstyle Categories.

  • Pixie. Cropped with choppy layers. Pioneered circa 1960 by foremost stylists and style icons, it enjoys peaks and troughs in popularity. Find many stars of stage and screen sporting pixie derivatives making it one of the most desirable cuts today.
  • Bobs The basic version involves cutting straight around often at chin level. Could include bangs/fringe. One of many positives of the bob is its versatility. Curled into soft waves, ruffled for texture, spiked, backcombed, or gelled, there's a bobbed haircut for everyone.
  • Voluminous curls. Remember Marilyn Monroe's coiffure? Now several decades ago but voluminous curls are alive and kicking particularly at special events.
  • Shaved crop. Not everyone can get away with an inch of fuzz. Natalie Portman and Demi Moore did for film roles. Women who prefer shaved craniums have many reasons. Some desire a drastic change, some freedom combining a lighter feeling.
  • Bangs or a Fringe. Longer bob? Wear sexy bangs. Aligned bangs, falling over the eyebrows look great on straight hair. Wavy? choose side-swept bangs, they're most endearing this season.
  • Spikes.. Exclusively for cropped hair, a few spikes give an edge and when teamed up with softer girlish accessories they make you feminine but bold. Heart shaped or longer faces will carry this look off very well. Get spiked, they're instant attention grabbers.
  • Choppy. If you're after a rebellious look, get your hair cropped at the back with chopped sides. These uneven asymmetrical cuts give an edgy demeanor adding volume. Already possess thick locks? You don't need to do much. If your hair is thinner then try protein mousse and hard styling gel.
  • Curves or curls. Most styles can curve inward or outward at the ends depending on the occasion. Inward curls better frame the face. Appearing rebellious and messy? Then outward curls would be your choice.