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We throw the word icon around rather loosely these days, draping it over those that takes are fancy. But there are few people who are actually synonymous with style, who epitomize the look of a specific era, and become essence of a particular movement. Bardot is one of the few. Her fashion sense has inspired decades of imitation and countless riffs and variations. This is true of her clothing, her makeup, and, most importantly, her hair. Her bouncy, tousled blonde tresses still inspire envy; they’ve also inspired many of the current trends. Click the notes to learn more. –– Laura Martin

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#1 Bedhead: The whole concept of messy hair being sexy is hers, and we can’t thank her enough.

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#2 Pigtails: Transforming pigtails from babyish to sultry was one of Bardot’s greatest accomplishments.

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#3 Center-Parted Bangs: She may not have been the first wear them, but she certainly made them her own. Her long, flicked to side bangs are still the go-to inspiration for modern fringes.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle  

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