THE Swinging Sixties have really gone to our heads – after being voted the best decade for hairstyles.
By: Nathan Rao
The beehive, the bob and the Beatles-style mop top all helped to make the era a cut above the rest.
A third of people in a survey put the Sixties in No1 spot, while Marilyn Monroe’s blonde locks and the quiffs sported by Elvis Presley and James Dean took the 1950s into second place with 27 per cent of the vote.
As for the 1980s, famed for the ¬mullet, the backcomb and the tight perm, it’s clearly the decade the hair-conscious would rather forget, polling only one per cent.
One man told the survey: “I think I had both a mullet and a perm at different times in those 10 years. I thought I was really cool, but when I see photos of myself back in the 1980s I just cringe.”
In contrast, it is Audrey Hepburn’s iconic beehive, Twiggy’s pixie cut, Mary Quant’s Vidal Sassoon bob and the floppy rock star look from half a century ago which have captured the nation’s hearts.
Fittingly, there was even a hit musical called Hair back in those days.
The beehive has always dipped in and out of fashion trends but it has never disappeared
Marc Trinder of Charles Worthington Salons
A female voter said: “I absolutely adore the hairstyles of the 1950s and 60s – they have such a timeless element of style about them.
“That’s why you see them continuously coming back into fashion.”
Marc Trinder, art team director at Charles Worthington Salons, said: “The Sixties is such an iconic era, it’s all about the piled up hair.
“The beehive has always dipped in and out of fashion trends but it has never disappeared.”
Jennifer Aniston’s “Rachel from Friends” hairdo helped put the 1990s in third place in the NetVoucherCodes poll, followed by the 1970s epitomised by Farrah Fawcett’s “flick”.
The year 2000 saw the rise of “chav” hairstyles such as the Croydon Facelift... which made that decade ¬second only to the 1980s as the worst for hair in recent times.