February 29, 2008

She might not be smart, but she sure is crafty

Crafty?

Who, me?

I'm new to this craft thing. But, I've been inspired by Jill's great craft blog to share some of my projects with you.

And so, for your viewing enjoyment, here are pictures of some things I've made. Unfortunately most of these pictures were taken using my cell phone, so the quality is not very good.


Crochet

Hats and scarf:
I just finished this hat. It has a peak and a cute pattern:



This hat is made out of silk stuff that a friend gave me. I found it very hard to work with. This is my second attempt to make something out of it. My friend wanted a "spring hat". This is what I came up with:

Terrible picture of me.


Close up of flowers.


This one is my first hat. I think it turned out well:


Scarf (modeled reluctantly by Hubby):



The second hat I made:

Doesn't the black make my head look slimmer?


Toys:
I've made a bunny (for my nephew), an octopus (for my niece), a turtle (for monkey), an alien (for buddy), and a chick. I only have a picture of Alien so far.


Knitting


I haven't completed many knitting projects. I like crochet better. It's much faster and more satisfying.

Knit Bag:

Front


Back

Beanbags:
I've made several. Could only locate 2. The kids love to play with these.


Bead Work

Dragonflies:
I've made several of these, and given some away. They're made of glass beads and are meant to hang in the window to catch the light.




Jewelry:
I also have some earrings and a few more necklaces and bracelets. Some were given away. Some I can't quite locate... They must be in storage. I'm not very good at this yet, someday I'd like to take a class in jewelry making.



I have a really good time crocheting and I've been quite productive at it lately. My next project is a hat for my mother, and one for my mother-in-law. I'm also planning on attempting a child's sweater. Should be fun. Thanks with putting up with all the low quality pictures.

Do you have a favourite craft? What do you think of the knitting vs. crochet debate - is one better than the other?

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February 28, 2008

I'm just happy to be on the list

Monkey(while getting ready to go this morning): Bye horsey! Bye doggie! Bye Graymon! Bye tiger! Bye cars! Bye squishy ball!

Loooooooong pause

Bye Mommy!

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February 26, 2008

The Story of an Extraordinary Internet Diva

Have you heard of internet sensation Leslie Hall?

Photo Courtesy of Hefty Hideaway.com

Leslie Hall's climb to internet stardom began in 2000 with her collection of Gem Sweaters. Hall picked up her 1st gem sweater, from a bin at a used clothing store, to wear to a high school dance. She instantly fell in love with its sparkly glamour. As her collection grew, she decided to share her sweaters with the world so that people could, "view them in a natural setting" in order to save them from being, "neglected and forgotten." So she created a website in their honour. The website features a series of photos of Hall wearing the sweaters along with gold spandex pants, 80's style hair and makeup, and a blank facial expression. Each photo is labeled with the sweater's name, which was lovingly bestowed upon it by Hall at the time of its purchase.

Leslie Hall Wearing "Midnight Roller Coaster"
Photo courtesy of Hall's Gem Sweater Gallery


Hall found that many of the visitors to her Gem Sweaters website were commenting on her gold spandex pants more than on the sweaters themselves. Picking up on her pants' popularity, Hall decided to form a hip hop band, Leslie and the LYs, in order to further promote them. She cut an album, entitled Gold Pants, and sold it over the internet out of her bedroom/office. In 2004, Hall produced her first internet video, Gold Pants Lullaby, in which she tells the story of her rise to fame on the internet in her own words:




Leslie and the LYs have produced 3 albums to date, Gold Pants in 2005 , Door Man's Daughter in 2006, and CeWEBrity in 2008. Leslie and the LYs are currently on tour. You can check for concert dates at their website or at Leslie Hall's MySpace page.

Leslie and the LYs
Photo courtesy of the Leslie Hall Flickr group

Here's another of Hall's videos, from her CeWEBrity album, How We Go:




Hall is also touring with her Gem Sweater Museum:



Many of Hall's fans show up to her concerts wearing their own gem sweaters. You can too! All you need is a sweater and a Bedazzler with which to decorate it. Who wouldn't want a gem sweater? I know I do! For other great Leslie Hall memorabilia, check out her online store, Hefty Hideaway.com, where you can order her albums and other great Leslie Hall items. My two favourites are the Periodic Table of Gem Sweaters Pen (which features a pull out chart of the Gem Sweaters Gallery) and the truly fabulous Jezebel Lightning poster.

I love Leslie Hall for her humour, her guts, her creativity, and her drive. Lots of people do. Her video, How We Go, became one of the most watched on the internet. And if you don't love her, that's okay too. According to Hall, in a 2007 article at Wired.com, "Any response is fun, I have to say. Plus, I don't think they'd say it to my face. And if they don't get it, who needs 'em? I have 800,000 other internet friends, all virtually loving me."

What do you think of Leslie Hall? Who is your favourite internet celebrity?

Refs:
Leslie Hall.com
Bedazzled, May, 2005, Boston.com
Leslie Hall's Youtube site (especially her 1st television appearance, in 2004) on Unscrewed with Martin Sargeant)
Wired.com, 2007
Wikipedia
Flickr's Leslie Hall Group

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February 24, 2008

An Early Morning Conversation

Buddy: Mommy, I want to tell you a story.

Me: Okay.

Buddy: One day there was Mario and Awigi and Princess Peach. And sometimes Princess Peach got captured. Sometimes if Mario and Awigi weren't lookin' or were lookin' the wrong way or if Princess Peach was lookin' the wrong way, Princess Peach would get captured. One time Princess Peach was lookin' the wrong way and got captured.

And it was Dragor! And he put her in the the room at the top of his tallest tower. Mario and Awigi went to save Princess Peach. And on his way to the castle he dropped by at the cave to get Cabin to help him out.

Me: Who's Cabin?

Buddy: You know, Cabin.

Me: Cabin?

Buddy: No, CABIN!

Hubby: (clarifying and translating from the other room) Cavin from Gummi Bears.

Me: Oh! Okay, go on.

Buddy: Mario and Awigi went through the wrong door and that's where they found themselves standing at a dead end where there's a blue pipe that took them to a secret room. Then they found a bunny standing by a one-up, then they saw a six-up and they jumped at it. Then they found themselves going down a red pipe and they found it. Then the ogre came out.

Monkey: A ogre! Ha ha!

Buddy: The ogre attacked the tower and it started to shake and all kinds of turtles were glowing away.

Me: They were glowing away?

Buddy: NO! They were goin' aWAY. IN. A. WAY. Like aliens use. You know, piu, piu, piu (high pitched alien ray gun noise). Go in, not glowing. If they were glowing they'd be golden. But they were golden in the ray.

Me: Oh! They were going in a ray.

Buddy: Yeah. Then Princess Peach jumped out in a boat. It's good because the ray can't affect wood only water and brick. The turtles fell in the water and then they were normal again. Mario and Awigi were helped by a bunch of bunnies and Cabin was at the top of a hill fighting the ogre with a giant chicken leg and chicken balls.

Hubby: (drawn into the bedroom by the unfolding drama of Buddy's narrative) He had a plate of Chinese Food and he used the giant chicken leg like a bat to hit the chicken balls at the ogre.

Buddy: Yeah!

Hubby: And it hit the ogre in the eye.

Buddy: In both eyes!

Hubby: Ow! Ow! And then he couldn't open his eyes because the chicken balls were covered in sticky red sauce.

Buddy: Ha ha! Yeah! And Mario, Awigi and Princess Peach get away.

And then Awigi gets captured. Whoa! Because Awigi is like a prince or a king. Actually Mario is the king. The. End.

Buddy tells me that this story is based on a dream he had last night. I think, maybe, this dream was inspired by too much Super Mario Galaxy and too much TV.

Or, perhaps, by a lack of his usual Mario diet. He wasn't allowed to play video games yesterday. I took them away Friday evening, after he went through a particularly spectacular string of not listening ('not listening' is my greatest, most frequent, Buddy-related parenting issue). Buddy loves video games and usually spends some time on Saturday playing Mario and the new game he got for his birthday, Cosmic Family, so I expected a show of disappointment at having them banned for the day. But, when I told him, "No video games tomorrow," his response was, "I don't care. I don't need video games anyway."

Buddy, who turned 6 this month, is way ahead of his time. He's already adopting the attitude of a 13 year old.

But now I can see that he was right. He doesn't need video games. He'll get around my "no video games" rule. He'll simply dream about them instead of playing them. Outsmarted again! Woe is me.


My best laughing Buddy

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February 23, 2008

It's That Time Again

For some pictures!


Profile



Little Toes



Beach Buddy
There's something about the contrast of his orange hat and the sand that makes me like this shot.



A Newborn Monkey
2 Days Old



Found in the Playground

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A Poem


Morning sleeping headache

Tired
Eyes closed snap
Open
A woman's voice strident
Ringing
Filled with conviction
Humourless
A ferry ride, a duck's
Behind
Save me from
This
Early morning radio
Poetry

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February 22, 2008

Because Everybody Loves a Laughing Baby

Short post today because I am tIREd with a capital "IRE".

This never fails to cheer me up, though:



Just spreading the joy and the love.

What makes you smile?

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February 20, 2008

What About Discipline?

Tonight Monkey kicked lego under the stove in a fit of temper when asked to help clean them up. I sent him for a time out.

A few minutes later he put lego in his mouth, despite being told not to several times, and nearly choked on it. I was frightened by the nearly choking so I jumped up and yelled at him. He disappeared under the dining room table. I felt bad for being scary mommy.

The lego belongs to Buddy and it's his first small-sized lego. He got it for his 6th birthday. Unfortunately he's not going to be able to play with it when and where his brother can get into it because, apparently, Monkeys cannot be trusted.

Monkey went through some truly terrible terrible twos. For months he spent the day screaming, hitting and kicking. Usually at the same time. It was devastating, embarrassing and exhausting. Every time we had to go anywhere he'd throw a full-blown tantrum about having to leave, about getting dressed, about getting into his car seat, about getting out of his car seat, about arriving, about having to leave again, about getting back into his car seat, about getting back out of his car seat and about getting back out of his snowsuit. I spent most of the time in frustrated tears.

Thankfully he outgrew the tantrums. He's doing much better now, but he's still very strong-willed. What worked for "discipline" with his brother does not work with him. Buddy is a very laid back kind of guy. He basically just goes with the flow. Time outs always worked. He'd go for his time out, sit quietly and when we called him back we'd have him tell us why he was in time out. And he was always able and willing to tell us.

I don't use time out often. Only when I feel something has been done that is outside the realm of acceptable behaviour. If Monkey had only had a fit of temper and refused to clean up the lego, I would have insisted he help, but I would not have put him in a time out. But, deliberately kicking the toys under the stove, that's unacceptable. Nearly choking himself? Unacceptable. Right?

Anyway. When I tell Monkey to go for a time out, he usually refuses. Which puts me in a very difficult spot. Because, really? Time out is all I've got. Once I go there there's not really anything else I can do. So I count down. Counting down ("Ok, go for your time out right now! 3... 2... 1...") used to work wonders with his brother. It would always give me results, Buddy would inevitably give in by the time I reached 2. I didn't have to ponder what would happen when I finished counting down.

Doesn't work with Monkey. The kid is on to me big time. He looks at me and I can tell he's thinking, "Yeah, she's got nothing".

So here's what happens. I tell Monkey to go for time out. He yells, "NO!" I tell him again. "NO, mommy!!" I tell him, "Right now!" "No mommy! No time out! No!" I count down. He stares at me with a devilish grin and does nothing. I pick him up and carry him to his room, put him down and walk away. He screams for the entire time he's in there (at least he stays now, he used to follow me right back out). I call him out and ask him to tell me why he was in a time out. He says, with crocodile tears running down his adorable little cheeks, "Mommy, I sad."

Sigh.

So, what's to be done? What's a Mom to do? This kid is adorable. Completely and utterly. He's also amazingly strong-willed and he can be difficult and challenging.

During his tantrum phase, the best advice I was given was to ask him to help me. So instead of telling him it was time to leave, I'd pretend I'd lost the car and get him to show me where it was. Then I'd pretend I forgot which seat was his and get him to help me figure it out. Then he'd show me how to do up his seat belt. Then he'd show me how to get home. Then he'd show me how to get from the car to the apartment. Then he'd show me how to take off his snowsuit. It was following this advice and playing the mommy is completely helpless (and by that point I was - I had practically developed tantrum-related agoraphobia) game that got us through his tantrum phase.

Another great bit of advice that I find really works with a strong-willed little one is to offer a choice instead of asking a yes or no question. So ask, "Do you want Cheerios or Corn Bran for breakfast?" rather than, "What kind of cereal do you want?" Or, "Do you want to wear your sandals or your spider-man sneakers?" rather than, "Do you want to go outside?"

One more strategy I used during Monkey's tantrum phase was to use "Active Listening". I learned about active listening in a psychology course I was taking at the time. Basically, when he was flipping out over something I'd say, "I hear you saying you want a cookie but you can't have one until after supper." I don't know why this worked but it did. It hardly works with adults who, I think, must find it patronizing. But with Monkey it stopped the tantrums. Weird, hun?

I think the main problem I'm having is that this kid is way smarter than me. I can't get anything past him. I'm having to relearn how to parent. Buddy and Monkey are so completely different. I figured out the tantrum thing, but now we've moved past that into a complete refusal to give in. He's so stubborn. "NO!" is his favourite word.

He's pretty cute, though, eh?
Hey! It's a Monkey!

Do you have a strong-willed little one? What are your strategies for teaching right from wrong and enforcing rules (otherwise known as discipline)?

Kisses!

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February 19, 2008

You're not fat.

I don't get it. Why do women seem to feel that they have to be negative about their bodies?

Like at yoga on Sunday. My friend and I were talking about one of the exercises being particularly good for working our stomach muscles and she came out with, "I've been working on mine lately but they're still hidden under a layer of fat."

Ok. Except she's not fat. She's tall and slim and graceful and lovely. Fat? Compared to an 18 year old model maybe. Compared to normal people? Nope. Compared to me? Now that's just funny.

What's up with that?

So ladies, remember: You're not fat. You're fine. Go kiss your reflection in the mirror and be happy.

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February 18, 2008

My head is about to explode.

Stress? Yup.

So when did everything become my job?

I mean I know I'm responsible for the major research paper I have to write and for my exam. I know I need to do stuff for the kids. I know I should clean and wash dishes and do laundry.

But all that other stuff?

This week I have to:

Find us an apartment in a city that's 1100km away (that's 684 miles for our friends in the USA).

I have to write a major research paper and an exam.

I have to clean and do laundry. This takes up hours of my time everyday. And I hate it.

I have to get the groceries.... Driving to and from the store on icy roads, risking my life and the life of my children's mother (same person in case you didn't catch that).

I have to take care of the kids. Obviously. I think it's actually illegal not to.

I have to cook the meals. Or order take out anyway. Kidding. I see you glaring.

I have to volunteer at the library. This is new. I'm doing the academic stuff and the library volunteering because I want to apply for a Masters of Information Studies at some point and I need to upgrade my GPA and get some references and library experience. But it has me asking myself if there are enough hours in the day for me to improve my quality of life. Aren't I supposed to improve everybody else's first?

I have to go to the gym because I pay for a membership there and if I don't go I'm basically giving money away for free. And if I'm going to give money away I know of some people who could make much better use of it than my gym.

To top off the bucket of stress.... Hubby isn't going to be around this week at all. He's working on a major project at school. So he's gone all day, then every evening he's off working on the project. All week and all of next week... Then he goes away to Toronto to present the major project. So I'm on my own with a very full plate.

My head is going to explode any second now....

The only solution I can see is for me to get a few more husbands. Here's what I want:

I need a house-husband to do the housework.

I need a real-estate husband to find the apartment.

I need a bff husband to hang out and watch reality TV.

I need a masseuse husband for massages, natch.

I need Hubby because he's cute and I love him.

And I'll do the rest.

Ok. So I want 5 husbands. I don't mind if they're male or female, young or old..... whatever. As long as they do their jobs. Is that too much to ask? I. Don't. Think. So.

Isn't life crazy sometimes? Aren't I annoying with all this complaining? Are you stressed out too?
Thoughts? Comments?

Kisses!

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February 16, 2008

Dance Dance Revolution

I just got back from my brother's place, where we were playing Dance Dance Revolution on his Wii. Have you played this? You must. It is too fun. We couldn't do much with it past the beginner level, but we were getting better. Maybe someday we'll be as good as this kid:




Okay this kid is just 5 years old and he is totally my DDR hero.

I was talkin' game-related smack when I promised that next time my brother and I face off I'll be moving so fast he won't be able to see my feet. Just like the kid in the video. Obviously I'd better get to work. Practice makes perfect (practice creates unbeatable DDR force o' nature?).... Now I just need to buy the game and play it every waking hour... Not too much to ask...

Right?

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February 13, 2008

Popular Hairstyles of the 20th Century

1900-1920
VOLUME

In the Victorian era, leading up to turn of the 20th century, women's hairstyles were fairly confined, mainly consisting of pretty up-dos that were meant to follow the lines of their dresses. In the early days of the 1900s, hairstyles exploded outwards and upwards, gaining more and more volume.

Check out the impressive volume

Hair was worn swept up into huge pompadour styles. The women used special pompadour frames to form the base of the hair and brushed and styled the hair up and over the frame. When they needed a little extra volume, they even went so far as to add hair they had saved from their brushes and combs.

An example of a hair frame

Hair was curled using curling tongs which were heated up and, if overheated, could singe the hair, as in Louisa May Alcott's book Little Women when the two oldest girls are preparing to go to a New Years Eve party:
Meg wanted a few curls about her face, and Jo undertook to pinch the papered locks with a pair of hot tongs... She did take off the papers, but no cloud of ringlets appeared, for the hair came with the papers, and the horrified hairdresser laid a row of little scorched bundles on the bureau before her victim. 'Oh, oh, oh! What have you done? I'm spoilt! I can't go! My hair, oh, my hair!' wailed Meg, looking with dispair at the uneven frizzle on her forehead.
This time period also saw the introduction of perms. The first perms could take up to 12 hours to complete. Women had to sit with their heads attached to the permanent wave machine and covered with chemicals. This was not a process for the faint of heart.

An example of an early permanent wave machine

These elaborate hairstyles were popular as a result of the enormous, wide-brimmed hats that were en vogue at the time.


Later, in the second decade of the 20th century, the focus shifted to the vertical height of the hat rather than the width of the brim. Hats appeared to hover on the hair, but were actually held up by the elaborate hairstyle and the pompadour frame.


The hats were also heavily adorned with ribbons, flowers and feathers that were arranged to further emphasize the vertical lines that were considered so stylish.


Refs:
Alcott, L. M. Little Women. Middlesex, England: Puffin Classics, p.34-35.
ezinearticles.com

Fashion Era.com
With special thanks to Sensibility.com for the great pictures.
Victorianweb.org


1920-1930
The Bob

The bob hairstyle was first introduced in the mid 1910s when popular ballroom dancer Irene Castle bobbed her hair for convenience before being admitted to hospital for an appendectomy. The style appealed to women who, in the spirit of the roaring twenties wanted to escape the confines of the overly elaborate styles that were popular earlier in the century.

Irene Castle

The new bobbed cut took off with a bang. Women everywhere were invading barber shops, previously the domain of men, and demanding to have their hair cut off.

The bob was quickly adopted as the symbol of everything that was going wrong with society. Bobbed women smoked in public, drank and did any number of equally unseemly things. According to Michael Warner on the Hair Archives website, "Preachers warned parishioners that 'a bobbed woman is a disgraced woman.' Men divorced their wives over bobbed hair. One large department store fired all employees wearing bobbed hair."

Whether or not to bob their hair became the question of the decade for women. Often women who had their hair bobbed would keep the cut-off hair to hide their new style. Even the harbinger of the bob style, Irene Castle said, "I tried to cover up my clipped head by wearing, whenever I appeared in public, a tight turban or toque under which I tucked every spear of hair except some little square sideburns."

The bob style of the 1920s was cut bluntly to the length of the bottom of the ears and worn either with bangs or brushed to the side. As the 20s progressed the style grew even shorter and more boyish, with a shingled back (which according to wiki means the hair at the neck is razor cut very short in a v-shape).


By the end of the 1920s short hair for women had become much more acceptable to society at large, just in time for women to turn away from the boyish styles of the 20s and embrace their femininity with the longer, sexier styles of the 1930s.

Refs:
History Matters
Hair Archives.com
Photos courtesy of Wikipedia


1930-1960
Waves, Rolls and Curls

The Great Depression in the 1930s and WWII in the 1940s both had an effect on women's hairstyles. The styles were longer, smoother and more elegantly feminine.

During the Great Depression, because people were often unable to afford luxuries they were heavily invested in having their hair look perfect. Every lock in place.

1930s

Hair was generally worn around shoulder length, carefully curled and styled close to the head. According to Hairfinder.com, 1930s hair was all about waves and curls:
You would have seen diagonal waves in the back of a head, with small tiny flat curls above and below the waves. There would have been attractively set pin curls nestled around a wave and a cluster of rolls. Sometimes, you would have seen waves begin from the top of the ladies head and go all the way down until they are met with a cluster of pin curls.

1930s Waves and Curls

Women also started bleaching and tinting their hair during the 1930s, following the example of several of the popular film stars of the time, like Jean Harlow, who was known as "the blond bombshell".

In response to the rationing of clothing during the war, women's hairstyles in the 1940s became much more elaborate and complicated. Hair was also worn longer than in the 30s, with the popular length falling just past the shoulders.

The style that is probably most closely associated with the 1940s is victory rolls, in which the hair was rolled up and pinned in tubes on top of the head.

Victory Rolls

Another popular style of the 30s and 40s was the snood, which is sort of like a hammock for your hair worn at the back of your neck.

A snood. It matches her dress very stylishly.

Here's a cute video on how to create your own 1940s victory rolls in under 5 minutes:



Hair in the 1950s was worn short, smooth and soft.


Curls were popular and many women were willing to go to great lengths to achieve a "natural looking" curl. They would either sleep in curlers or pin rolls or they would resort to very uncomfortable and chemically-yucky perms. Hair was only worn straight in ponytails, which were brushed back, secured with unwrapped elastics and decorated with a scarf.

1959 Coton Casual Barbie. I want one.


Refs:
Hairfinder.com
1930s pictures from hairstyles.1930s-fashions.co.uk
1940s pictures from hairstyletwist.com
1950s picture from Fiftiesweb.com
Barbie picture from Highheelsnewsletter.com



1960-1970
Anything Goes
Hairstyles in the 1960s showed far more variety in length and cut than earlier in the 20th century. Hair ranged from beehives and bouffants, to short twiggy-style haircuts, to the long, loose, swinging hair favored by hippies.

Hippy hair at the Woodstock Festival, 1969

You can see some great examples of bouffants and beehives and big smooth curls in this trailer for Hairspray:



Short hair was revolutionized by Vidal Sassoon in the 1960s when he introduced his 5-point geometric bob. This style was hugely popular and was even sported by super-star model, Twiggy.

Vidal Sassoon, 5 point cut

Refs:
Woodstock picture from Alternative Film Guide (altf.com)
Vidal Sassoon picture from loti.com
Geocities.com


1970-1980
Au Naturel

The style for hair in the 1970s was for it to look as natural as possible. Hair was worn long for the most part. For the first time straight hair was stylish and girls and women would take turns carefully ironing each other's hair to get it stick-straight.

Some important and influential 1970s hair celebrities are Dorothy Hamill for short hair and Farrah Fawcett and Bo Derek for long hair.

Dorothy Hamill's hair was cut in a short wedge style when she won the gold at the 1976 Olympics. The style, which was invented at Vidal Sassoon by Trevor Sorbie in 1974, quickly became popular.



Bo Derek wore her hair in tight braids, called cornrows, in the 1979 movie, 10.

Farah Fawcett wore her hair in long, loose curls that flipped out at the ends. This is probably the most easily recognizable hair from the 1970s.


The 1970s also saw the birth of the punk subculture, which gave rise to many creative hairstyles, including the mohawk.


Refs:
Picture of Farah Fawcett from jamd.com
Picture of Bo Derek from imdb.com
Picture of Dorothy Hamill from achievement.org
hair.lovetoknow.com
hairboutique.com



1980-1990
The Big Frizz


You only need one word to describe hair in the 80s, and that word is 'big'. Hair in the 1980s was worn long, often permed with high, teased bangs. An extreme form of this style was "metal hair" worn by various heavy-metal bands and many of their fans.

Jon Bon Jovi's great metal hair

Crimping was popular to give hair a bumpy, wavy look without having to perm it. Other odd 80s hair trends include the rattail and the mullet, or as we call it in Canada, "Hockey Hair".

Hockey hair

Asymmetrical styles also became popular in the 80s. Three examples of how 80s hair rocked the asymmetrical style: Cutting one side of the hair shorter than the other, having one side shaved and the other long, or the side ponytail (an 80s favorite).

New wave also made itself known in the 80s with some very out-there hair. The band Flock of Seagulls was behind this trend. The lead singer, Mike Score's hair, with its flipped-up sides and triangle of bangs, was especially influential and has been referenced many times in pop culture since. You can witness this glorious creation for yourself in this Flock of Seagulls video:




Refs:
Pictures from 80srewind.net
liketotally80s.com
essortment.com



1990-2000

Celebrity Copy-Cat


Hair in the 1990s was all about shiny, smooth volume. The frizzy look that made the 80s was definitely out by the time the 90s rolled around. People were inspired more and more by the hairstyles they saw in the media, especially those worn by supermodels and actresses.

Probably the best-known and most fondly remembered 90s hair trend was The Rachel. Inspired by Jennifer Aniston's character on the hit TV sitcom Friends it was a shoulder length cut with layers and volume. You can enjoy The Rachel on this bloopers reel from season 2 of friends:



Other popular styles of the 90s include a short, messy shag, inspired by Meg Ryan and big, long, natural-looking bedroom hair as seen on many of the supermodels of the day.


Cindy Crawford and Her Amazing Bedroom Hair

Refs:
retrohairstyles.com
Picture of Cindy Crawford from voodoo.cz


Refs used in all sections:
lphouse.com
simpyhairstyles.com


Disclaimer: Due to time and space constraints, this look at hair is very narrowly focused and does not include a multi-ethnic or multi-gendered look at popular hairstyles.

That's it for now. Hope you liked it. Do you have a favorite 20th century hairstyle?

Any comments, queries or suggestions?
Thanks for reading! Kisses!



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