Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Retro Hairdos

Yesterday afternoon I stopped for a cup of tea at the local overpriced coffee joint. As I handed over the $3.00 it occurred to me that I could buy a whole box of Twinings tea bags for the same price. But I digress. The point of this story is that the woman who took my order looked familiar. I glanced at her name badge, which read "Diane". That wasn't it, I thought. I was sure I knew her. Then it hit me: she was Donna Reed. Well not exactly, I mean Donna Reed is long dead now, this woman just resembled Donna Reed. It was her hairdo. As I stood waiting for my $3 cup of tea, I wondered why this woman was still wearing a hairdo from the 1950's. Then I realized, retro hair styles are back in fashion! So I felt compelled to create this post around retro-hairdos (sorry about the long set up). Here are a number of retro "way back" styles I found interesting:
Above: "The Donna Reed Look"

Above: Smart, Confident and Stylish

Above: Innocent, Naive and and Gullible

Above: "Modern", Independent and Practical

Above: Dignified, Devoted and Doting

Above: Hip, Sassy and Whimsical

Above: "Femme Fatale", Glamorous and Drama Queen

Above: Tragically Geek and Square.
Which category was your Mom when you were growing up? Leave a comment, it's totally FREE today!
-Rick Rockhill

23 comments:

bunnygirl said...

I once tried a retro 'do for a luau. I was going for a sort of late '40s early '50s look, flower in the hair and all.

Unfortunately, I couldn't get my hair to hold the style. Oh, it looked fine as long as I didn't leave the apartment, but as soon as I stepped outside the Gulf Coast humidity had its way with it and down it all fell. No more poofs and curls. Even the flower wilted.

I have no idea how those women did it. Shellac, I guess.

Scott said...

My Mom was for sure the dignified, Devoted and Doting type of hairstyle, although nothing like Joan Crawford...we were allowed to ONLY use wire hangers and our steaks were always tough and overdone instead of raw and chewy.

Mags said...

I think the Innocent, naive and and gullible styles can be pulled off today by someone with the right face and fashion (Think Christina Aguilara) but the others should stay in the 50's where they belong.

My mom didn't fall into any of these. She's got very curly hair that was just...long. Every now and then she'd do the Cher thing and straighten it, but for the most part, we saw curls.

marlupe said...

My mom wore the Hip, Sassy and Whimsical type hair. She was such a riot growing up. Fun post today!

Steven said...

My mother was just about all of those, if not more. It was one thing I always "fancied in" when Mom would be getting ready to go out on the town. Never liked her beehive, though.

What a picture of Agnes Moorehead (Endora). Speaking of which, didn't someone from Bewitched just die recently? I thought I may have read that in a blog.

lime said...

put my mom soemwhere between whimsical and tragically square. i do remember the wig phase too. i used to steal her flowing blonde wig nad put it on my little brother. hahahha

Palm Springs Savant said...

Steven- You're thinking of ALice Ghostly who just passed away. She had a recurring rold on Bewitched for awhile as Esmerelda, the nanny witch.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

my mom??? sorry, it's me! i am old, remember? ha ha ha

i was the donna reed do for sure, and always loved it!

smiles, bee

Loganator's Mom said...

My mom went through so many phases... from the beehive, to the straight and turned up on the ends then to the curly perm. She now wears her hair simple, straight and turned under.

No matter the time period she has always been instyle.

Burfica said...

my mom was like sally fields in the movie Steel Magnolia's cept shorter hair. She kept that hair do for 40 years. Big brown football helmet. With about half a can of hair spray on it every day.

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

I hope the zoot suit comes back in style!

Desert Songbird said...

My mom had the helmet hair, too. Then again, it was a wig since she lost all her hair due to alopecia around age 40.

WAT said...

What hairdo did my Mommie Dearest (<-HAHA)wear? Shoot man, I saw a picture of her from the 1960s were she looked like one of those mod girls in a Beatles video or Austin Powers movies. That was way cool!

Sheila said...

Modern and independent was my mom's WWII style, much little the Joan Crawford down style. Me, I'd just like to figure out a style and stick to it. I'm always changing just like Hillary.

Biddie said...

I can't remember my Mum's hair, but from the photos that I have seen, she had a bee hive.
Yikes.

Jimmi said...

Nothing can beat the Endora! ;)

paisley said...

six count them... six photos of joan???? come now, darling... do fess up......

Palm Springs Savant said...

Paisley- You must be a new reader! Joan Crawford has been a long running focus on this blog. I'm a big fan~ Many thanks for stopping by.

J Morgetron said...

I DIDN'T KNOW DONNA REED DIED!

-J

P.L. Frederick said...

Are you still running your Free Comments special? I want to say something on getting hip and easy hairdos: Where there's wig there's a way. I even have one for Bald Tuesdays.

P.L. Frederick
SMALL & big

LouLou! said...

My mom started as Independent and Practical and morphed right into Edith Bunker.

Canadian flake said...

My mom looked more like Edith Bunker too than any of these...I always wished she was more like Samantha Stevens..lmao.

Tea N. Crumpet said...

My mom was always an Audrey Hepburn type up until she quit dying her hair-- portraits of her from the mid-1950's to the early 1990's evoked comments of, "She looks just like Audrey Hepburn!"

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