Popular Hair Styles in Pop Culture: Fad Haircuts From the Rachel to The Farrah
Throughout modern history society has emulated popular culture icons. There are university classes devoted to pop culture and an endless amount of books and articles published on the effects of popular culture on society. People have copied clothing, speech inflections, ways of life, and hairstyles. Here is a look at some of the hairstyles that became popular through television and popular icons of the time.
Farrah Hair – Farrah Fawcett was a 1970s blonde bombshell best known for her role in Charlie’s Angels. The “Farrah hair” was very popular in the ’70s and popped up in the disco scene as well. The style is below shoulder length, straight hair that is layered in the front and then blown back in a feathered look.
The Rachel – In the 1990s the television show Friends hit TV screens across the world, and so did a haircut now endearingly referred to as “The Rachel”. Jennifer Aniston played a character named Rachel Green who had hair to her shoulders with long, chunky layers throughout and many face-framing layers from the bottom of the jaw to the end of the hair. They layers were then blown forward.
Mullet – The mullet was not as much a hairstyle as it was a phenomenon. It’s short in the front and around the back it grows out as long as one wants it to be. Just doing a Google search for “mullet” comes up with millions of sites dedicated to what one website calls more than just a hair style. (“The mullet is a way of life, it’s a state of mind, it is every person who wears it.”) Billy Ray Cyrus made this hairstyle more mainstream in 1993 when his song, “Achy Breaky Heart”, became a hit with the line-dancing craze. Proponents of the mullet say it’s business in the front, party in the back.
The Messy Look – For men, it’s been popular to look like you just rolled out of bed perfectly coifed. However, according to askmen.com, this look is not as simple as just rolling out of bed. It takes a procedure and a truckload of products to achieve the look. The style can be spiked or, more recently, be worn down onto the face with longer tresses. This style was popular around early 2000 and continues to be popular today with celebrities like Zac Efron and Ryan Cabrera.
Flock of Seagulls – A Flock of Seagulls was a band most popular for their song I Ran (So Far Away). This style was mostly worn by men in the 1980s. The back and sides were combed up and hair sprayed into place and the front of the hair was combed down towards the side of the face, sort of like long, side swept bangs. Again, mass quantities of product are needed to achieve this classic look.
The Afro – Also known as the “fro”. The hairstyle most often associated with the African-American culture, the Afro came into the mainstream in the 1960s with groups like Sly and the Family Stone and shows like Shaft. The hairstyle works best with naturally curly hair. When the hair is teased up with a pick it gets immense volume and creates a ball-shaped hair mass all around the head. Other famous people with Afros are Beyonce Knowles as Foxy Cleopatra in Goldmember and Erykah Badu.