Mood Swings Salon’s Iconic Female Hairstyles Throughout the Ages {Guest Post}

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Like an über-chic little black dress or a well-fitting suit, a new haircut can make you feel like a million dollars. In stark contrast, a disastrous cut from an inexperienced stylist can result in you having to hide away in an embarrassed daze for a week or two, depending on how bad it is. If this is the case, you will probably yearn for the ideal scenario where you strut your stuff in public and show off your new ‘do to the admiration of everyone nearby. A flattering haircut can mean the difference between feeling confident and empowered or instead feeling uneasy and insecure. Continue on to see Mood Swings Salon’s list of Iconic Female Hairstyles Throughout the Ages!


At times, a haircut possesses an entirely transformative power that alters your personality as a whole, enhancing your general mood and temperament. Certain hairstyles have become so long-lasting and iconic that they have never gone out of fashion and, in particular, numerous celebrity-inspired haircuts are now all-pervading mainstays of the fashion circuit. Here is a list highlighting some of the most popular, prominent and influential haircuts over the years. 

The pixie cut – 

Also referred to as both “The Crop” and “The Chop,” this short, uneven ‘do was introduced during the epoch of Twiggy and her fellow models during the sixties as well as Mia Farrow’s appearance in Rosemary’s Baby. A more grown-out and messy “bedhead” version of this pixie hairstyle was made famous by Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail during the late-90s. Victoria Beckham adopted this cut a few years after the Spice Girls split, and Madonna infamously rocked a tousled version in the early nineties during her Girlie Show World Tour days. Michelle Williams of Dawson’s Creek fame sported this haircut as recently as 2012. 

The bob – 

Introduced in Europe at the turn of the century before rising to prominence in the mid-twenties as the fashionable cut of choice, the bob was in clear opposition to the traditional way females wore their hair at the time, e.g. long and flowing. The bob challenged this aesthetic by going in the other direction and has ruled fashion circles all over the world, predominantly in the sixties and after the release of Quentin Tarantino’s seminal 1994 movie Pulp Fiction (via Uma Thurman’s gangster’s moll character Mia Wallace). The cut was later revived during the mid- to late-2000s by Madonna, Sienna Miller, Charlize Theron and Rihanna, and works well with both fair-haired and brunette coloring. 

Long hippylocks – 

A play on the well-known Goldilocks and the Three Bears fairytale, this hairstyle involves nothing more than growing out your hair and keeping it flat and long, much like the hippy generation of the sixties did. All the rage back in the day thanks to Joni Mitchell, this straight, center-parting hairstyle was made even more popular by Susan Dey’s appearances in The Partridge Family during the seventies, albeit in a slightly shorter form. 

The “Farrah Flip” – 

Starring as Jill Monroe in the acclaimed ratings-busting TV show Charlie’s Angels, Farrah Fawcett’s trademark feathered hairdo became heavily influential for the majority of teen girls living in North America during the summer of 1977. Often referred to as “Farrah Hair” or “hair wings,” Fawcett’s eponymous hair captured the nation’s attention and seemingly began a career of its own by inspiring global copycats. 

The beehive – 

Highly popular during the sixties thanks to The Ronettes and Audrey Hepburn’s iconic role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this eye-catching bouffant style was brought back by Amy Winehouse in the UK during the late-2000s. It was also made famous by Snooki from MTV’s US-based reality TV show Jersey Shore, although she would refer to it as “my poof hair.” 

The “Dido Flip” – 

More popular in her home country of Great Britain than anywhere else, solo singer Dido’s choppy yet layered cut was red-hot during her reign at the top of the album charts in 2001. Her look was highly prevalent throughout the UK and can still be spotted today. In fact, the style was deemed so culturally significant that it even has its own Wikipedia page! 

The “Rachel” – 

This straightened, layered shag ‘do became internationally well-known thanks to Jennifer Aniston’s character Rachel Green on Friends – especially during its first few seasons. A medium length cut that was eventually grown out as the show progressed, this bouncy cut became the hot to-wear hair-essential between 1994 and 1996. Ironically, Aniston did not like the cut at all, once stating in an interview with Allure magazine that “I think it was the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen. What I really want to know is, how did that thing have legs? Let’s just say I’m not a fan of short, layered cuts on me personally” (USAToday).

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With locations in both Scottsdale and Tempe, the qualified beauty specialists at Mood Swings Salon & Skin Spa are experts in hair coloring, spray tanning, skin treatments, eyelash extensions and brow tinting. To see our special offers, please visit us online at Mood Swings Salon or call us at 480-968-0268 to schedule an appointment with a member of our experienced staff.

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