70s Hairstyles - Let Your Hair Grow
The 70s hairstyles were different from anything that had appeared before, and even today, you can see how the styles continue to echo.
Whether you are someone who has a love for the interesting things that people do with their hair or you feel a strong affinity to the quickly changing times and exciting new music of the 70s, you'll find that one part of that social revolution was the way that people were wearing their hair!
There was a strong focus on natural hair for people of all races. Women who had embraced the teased bouffants of the fifties and sixties opted to let their hair grow out, often with a feathered look that gave the hair a wonderfully free and loose look. Long hair, typical for the 70s hairstyles, was often left uncurled and could fall to the waist or even lower.
Men who had kept their hair fairly short in previous decades were allowing their hair to grow out as well. Men often grew their hair to lengths that approached their chin, something that had not really been done in the previous decades.
Most of the people I use to hang with started to let their hair grow. The guys would let their hair grow to and below their shoulders; we also started growing beards. Lots of the girls in my area also let their hair get quite long; many had hair done to their waists. I loved long hair on these girls.
Black people also started to experiment with their hair, and the 70s saw the popularization of the Afro, where hair would be grown naturally and without the presence of relaxers or heat. This lead to hair that could be made into dreadlocks or left long and teased out to a puff.
This 70s hairstyle was very much a sign of the times, compared to the hairstyles that were seen in the 50s and 60s, and the musicians of the time lead the way, with notables like Jimi Hendrix sporting the natural hair that became so popular.
I wore my hair in the Afro style, kind of Hendrix like. I remember one of my friends saying once "you curly headed guys get all the girls" . Now I keep my beard trimmed to go with my bald head. You can see how I looked on this page.
By the middle part of the 70s, the punk movement was beginning to see widespread play, and with bands like the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Ramones leading the way, fashion and 70s hairstyles started to take a turn for the aggressively modern and atypical. For instance, the mohawk, which involves a head that is shaved except for a strip of hair down the middle, became quite popular, and that strip of hair might be wildly colored and spiked.
One common version of the mohawk was a Chelsea, which involved a head that was completely shaved except for a sheaf of feathered bangs above the forehead.
The punk hair cuts never really took hold in my circle of friends; of course we were always into Slade , Deep Purple and the like, not the punk scene. I kinda miss my longer hair. ROCK ON!
The pics on the My Story page give you a great idea of 70s hairstyles.