Movie Star Hairstyles
There's nothing quite like a celebrity hair style to make a certain cut or color take off in popularity. If you've got your eye on a certain famous look, try these tips for achieving that hair style for yourself.
Hollywood's red carpet has become THE place where hair and fashion trends resonate. Often the inspiration for these "new" looks derives from the movies and movie stars of the past, and are re-introduced with a new cast of characters. Movie star hairstyles are preserved for posterity in the films where they first appeared. All the movie titles mentioned in this article are available for purchase in DVD or VHS formats, making it possible to study or reprise the hairstyles that captivated a worldwide audience of followers decades ago.
Ringlets were first popularized in the movies by silent screen stars like Mary Pickford. Pickford was called "America's Sweetheart" and she and her ringlets starred in movies like "Sparrows" (1926) and "My Best Girl" (1927). But ringlets reached the height of their popularity thanks to Shirley Temple, who dominated the Hollywood screen for more than a decade during the 1930s and early 1940s. She single-handedly inspired the ringlet hairstyle all over the world, in movies like "Bright Eyes" (1934), "Curly Top" and "The Little Colonel" ( 1935), "Captain January" (1936), "Heidi" (1937), "Little Miss Broadway" (1938) and "Blue Bird" (1940). It was 1938 when Bette Davis wore ringlets in "Jezebel," and in 1939, Vivien Leigh starred as the ringlet-bedecked Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With The Wind." Ringlets were prominent again at the movies when Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson wore them in Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" (1995).
Waves were the look of the 1930s and the 1940s. Film fans remember Greta Garbo for her classic beauty and her medium-length hair with finger waves. Her look did not change essentially, but she did create styling with hats and scarves. She is immortalized in films like "Grand Hotel" (1932), Queen Christina (1933), "Camille" (1937), and "Ninotchka" (1939). During the 1940s, the distinctive star power of Veronica Lake lit up the silver screen. Her legacy is the deep side parting and long, cascading waves. Some of the films in which she starred include "This Gun For Hire" (1942) and "Blue Dahlia" ( 1946).
Audrey Hepburn won an Academy Award for her performance as a princess in "Roman Holiday" (1953), her first starring role. She also immortalized the pixie hairstyle in that film, which actually featured a sequence of her having a haircut. Hepburn went on to create hair and fashion trends throughout her film career, with sophisticated short and chic hairstyles that can be seen in her movies. Another 1954 classic, "Sabrina" showed Hepburn in Paris-fresh elegance, in a short, straight do. In other films that followed, namely "How To Steal A Million" (1966) and "Two For The Road" (1967), the short Hepburn hair look was softened with height at the crown and subtle curls at the sides. In her classic role as Holly Golightly in "Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961) Hepburn's long hair is swept back and up with lots of volume at the top.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Sandra Dee was a teenage idol whose short, curly blond hair in "A Summer Place" (1959) and her ponytail in "Gidget" (1963) were copied by millions of her adoring fans. She had a huge, worldwide following, just like Doris Day, whose musical and comedy hits made her a mega box office star. Day's short, straight, and sometimes curly blond hair always looked immaculate, in films like 1959's "Pillow Talk" for which she was nominated for an Oscar, "Lover Come Back" (1961), "The Thrill Of It All" (1963) and "Move Over Darling" (1964). Although a TV star rather than a movie star, Farrah Fawcett's long, blond, layered locks catapulted her to stardom in the 1976 season of "Charlie's Angels." The same year, Fawcett posed for "Life" magazine, and that photograph became the best-selling pinup poster of all time.
On and off the screen, redhead Nicole Kidman and brunette Catherine Zeta-Jones are among the actresses whose hairstyles and fashions reflect the glamor of true Hollywood stars. Kidman's hairstyles over the years, both in her films and on the red carpet, have ranged from short to long, straight to waves and even ringlets. Her range of films includes: "Far And Away" (1992), "Practical Magic" (1998), "Moulin Rouge" (2001), "Cold Mountain" (2003), "Bewitched" (2005) and "Australia" (2009). Catherine Zeta-Jones' long dark hair in versatile styles, features in red carpet triumphs and her films, "Catherine The Great" (1995), "Chicago" (2002), "Ocean's Twelve" (2004), "The Legend of Zorro" (2005) and "No Reservations" (2007).