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Barrie Blogs: Vintage Haircuts for the Modern Day

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Much like fashion, hairstyles are also recycled as the decades go by. Here, I take a look at six of the best ‘dos from the 50s, 60s and 70s, detailing how they’ve been revived and updated on the heads of modern day celebrities.

The 1950s
For the boys: the Pompadour
Vintage inspiration: Elvis Presley
Contemporary inspiration: Alex Turner

Combed back, high volume and slathered in oil, the pompadour was all about reaching colossal heights in the front and a smooth appearance in the back. Famed by rock ‘n’ roll king Elvis Presley, the pompadour has recently been revived by Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, who updated the look by ‘messing up’ the quiff at the front, for an edgier appearance.

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For the girls: the Short Fringe
Vintage inspiration: Bettie Page
Contemporary inspiration: Katy Perry

Short fringes perhaps aren’t the most memorable 50s look. Nonetheless, they were popular with the pin-up girls of the era such as model Bettie Page, who was an ambassador of the short fringe. Pop princess Katy Perry recently took on the look when she donned a short blunt fringe alongside her electric blue locks, for a contemporary take on this classic.

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The 1960s
For the boys: The Side Sweep
Vintage inspiration: Frank Sinatra
Contemporary inspiration: Robbie Williams

The slicked back, side sweep was a key look in the swinging sixties, popularised by Rat Pack icon Frank Sinatra. 50 years later, Robbie Williams has revitalised the look, adding extra height to the front of the ‘do alongside a streak of bleached hair, for a modern twist.

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For the girls: The Pixie cut
Vintage inspiration: Twiggy
Contemporary inspiration: Jennifer Lawrence

Whilst most girls in the 60s were competing in the beehive stakes, others – such as model Twiggy – were coiffuring their locks into a neat, soft pixie cut. The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence recently renewed the look by adopting a choppier approach to the pixie, as well as maintaining a fringe over sweeping it sidewards.

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The 1970s
For the boys: The Shaggy
Vintage inspiration: Mick Jagger
Contemporary inspiration: Harry Styles

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has always been a fan of the mid-length shaggy ‘do – a look recently adopted by One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles. Whilst Jagger kept the look natural, Styles opted to add some oomph by quiffing the front for a different take on this style.

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For the girls: The Curly
Vintage Inspiration: Farrah Fawcett
Contemporary inspiration: Scarlett Johansson

70s female hair was all about curls and volume, as demonstrated here by 1970s poster girl Farrah Fawcett. Avengers Assemble star Scarlett Johansson reinvigorated the style by adopting the same curled style – albeit a toned down, elegant version of the Fawcett ‘do.

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