When Vidal Sassoon cut Mia Farrow’s long locks into a cropped pixie cut for Roman Polanski’s psychological horror movie, Rosemary’s Baby, it became the most famous haircut in history. Filmed for the world to see, it changed the perception of femininity. The short style was a shocker. It ushered in a new era for fashion and beauty.
Before the 1960s, women were conditioned to wear their hair longer; it was ‘set’ for hours at the salon, and the style was kept day after day. Going short meant liberation from the fetters of set styles, and from the preconceived ideas of beauty. Suddenly women were wearing short hair, A-line dresses, military-inspired suits, and other aspects of mod-inspired androgyny. Not only was it fashionable, the look fitted the lifestyle of a new generation of women who wanted to go to work, and play hard –– which left little time for roller-setting at the salon.
Seeing Mia, an alluring film star, lose all that length and expose her natural beauty –– wide eyes, angular cheekbones, elegant petiteness –– inspired a new beauty consciousness. Hair and fashion became intrinsically linked. Woman wanted to feel the power of transformation. Nowadays, individualism reigns, and women can wear any kind of cut, color, shape, or style. Yet it all began with that luxurious, eye-catching crop. Learn more about it below.
When it comes to men’s hair trends the looks are stronger and bolder than women’s styles. For ladies, wind blown texture provides a soft, ethereal finish. For men, wind-blown takes a different tone, with styles that are wildly tousled, as if thrown about by a hurricane. Learn to create this powerful texture in the style notes. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →
Second-day hair is sexy. Tousled volume and slightly irregular texture are just as pretty as a blowout, but infinitely cooler, with more left to the wild imagination of the admirer. Of course by day three, strands start looking a little too wild, and then you have to wash and start over. Sometimes it’s nice to have the shiny polish of just-washed hair, but often I find myself craving the slight roughness of second day texture. With a little professional expertise and experimentation I figured out how to create the look on freshly washed strands. Learn my tricks in the style notes. –– Laura Martin
Elegant and mysterious, James Bond was the original Don Draper, but better. Over the years each of the men who’ve taken on the role have brought a unique twist to the signature Bond look. Connery’s bond was charming and sported a classic Rat-Pack coif. Roger Moore tops his slick superhero vibe with a hairstyle reminiscent of Clark Kent. Pierce Brosnan’s sly, winking Bond has a slightly softer style. Daniel Craig’s tough, cool bond wears a shorter, leaner shape. Pick your Bond and channel your mysterious side with a dapper new cut. Learn more in the notes. –– Laura Martin