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Debbie Harry, front woman of Blondie, wasn’t afraid to experiment with fashion. Her stage outfits ranged from t-shirt and leggings to futuristic bodysuits. She wore bold makeup, and oversized jewelry. Her hairstyles changed too, from blunt bobs to long layered styles that she’d wear sleek, teased, and coiled. She loved headbands, platinum blonde, and mussed styling. Get simple steps for creating a modern version of her groundbreaking look in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Cut: Debbie wore her hair in a variety of lengths from chin to past the shoulder, but she always had a blunt square outline. For longer looks she had a few subtle layers around the face, on shorter shapes she favored a crisp, unbroken edge. Heavy bangs gave all of her looks a bit of toughness; she wore them straight, brushed to the side, and wildly teased. To steal her shape, ask for a rounded blunt fringe.

Color: Platinum blonde was Debbie’s signature hue, although she occasionally experimented with neon washes and chunks of darker hues. To steal her look ask your colorist for an extra-pale blonde with a soft gold or vanilla tone.

Styling: Debbie’s hair was usually straightened, but when she started thrashing around on stage her style expanded with wave and volume. To get rock and roll texture without a stage performance start by misting hair all over with protective thickening lotion. Dry straight with a paddle brush, then spray refinish into roots. Mist ends lightly with hydro mist and scrunch gently to reveal just a touch of natural movement.

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

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