Some hairstyles are just pretty while some have the power to encapsulate an era. Think Jackie O, think Twiggy, think Farrah Fawcett, think Jennifer Aniston — each name conjures up images of a distinct ‘do that had everyone running to their salons.Starting in the 1950s and wrapping up in the 2000s, let’s cruise through the most unforgettable haircuts of decades past. It’s empowering to remember that a new style can change your appearance, your life, the world. Find out which iconic look was making waves the year you came into this world.
1950Recognize these doe eyes? It’s a young Angela Lansbury, with curls atop her head in pin-up girl fashion.
1951Check out Elizabeth Taylor’s jet black curls and matching brows — there’s a reason her beauty is so iconic.
1952German actress and singer Hildegard Knef showed the style of the times with her ultra-short bangs and flipped out bob.
1953Ava Gardner’s free-spirited curls were a big part of her glamorous Hollywood look.
1954Marilyn Monroe’s voluminous platinum curls are the definition of iconic. They are so playful and yet so elegant.
1955Audrey Hepburn’s boy cut and boy brows epitomize her sweet signature style — even more so than that updo and tiara from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
1956Grace Kelly’s smooth barely waved coiffure is exactly what we picture when we think of the actress turned princess.
1957Carole Lesley pulled a Marilyn in 1957 with this blonde wavy pixie cut.
1958Brigitte Bardot’s hair is as famous as she is — this updo with wispy bangs was perfect for a fancy evening out.
1959Agnès Laurent, AKA Mandy Moore’s doppelgänger, practically invented French Girl bangs. This ‘do would be just as darling today.
1960May Britt’s platinum bob and bangs are refreshingly modern. Take this pic to your hairdresser!
1961No one’s hairstyle is more iconic of the early ’60s than Jackie O’s voluminous ‘do.
1962One of the most charming ways to flaunt a bob in the ’60s was with a fabulous hat, as shown here by Italian actress Claudia Cardinale.
1963Brigitte Bardot appears on the list again, with her signature bangs, high ponytail and a cute bow.
1964Sandra Dee’s platinum bob was a major part of the flawless vintage look we think of today.
1965British model Jean Shrimpton really rocked the side-swept bangs and those mod layers, didn’t she?
1966A collection of iconic hairstyles would not be complete with Twiggy’s pixie cut.
1967Jane Birkin bangs and mid-length hair gave her that chic yet laid-back look we all aspire to achieve.
1968Singer Marsha Hunt’s afro showcases the powerful natural hair movement of black women in the ’60s.
1969German countess and fashion model Veruschka layered up on hair extensions for this lengthy look.
1970Actress Beba Loncar’s swept-back tresses were the epitome of Hollywood glamour at the time.