Are you one of those people who gets stuck in the never-ending cycle of short to long hair? Just about the time my hair gets past my shoulders, I start to get bored and long for a change. Pixie cuts, bobs, I’ve had them all, but there’s nothing quite as versatile as long hair. While short haircuts are often stylish and work well with certain facial structures, long hair can be styled again and again. It only takes a little bit of practice (and maybe some hairspray!) to create a different look every day.
Hairstyles, however, like fashion, are a reflection of culture. In the 1960s, big hair was everywhere. The style took several hours and often more than one salon appointment to perfect, so it was normal to see women running errands with rollers in their hair. How did they have the time and energy for such elaborate styles? Many were not working at the time, due to the era’s strict gender roles. They were kept out of the most lucrative professions for a number of reasons, including unequal pay, inequality in the workplace and lack of birth control. Getting married and having kids is simply what woman did, and visiting the salon was as much an outlet for socializing as it was an opportunity to freshen up their look.
Thankfully, women now have more autonomy than ever before. More women now graduate from college than men, a far cry from the days when women weren’t even allowed to enroll in Ivy League institutions. While we still fight for equal pay, we now have choice. Whether we decide to be homemakers, career women or both, it’s up to us. Either way, there’s not a whole lot of time left for sitting in salons waiting for hair to curl.
What we need today are hairstyles that are quick and simple, like this next tip from YouTuber Cute Girls Hairstyles. It might take a little practice, but this classy, yet casual updo is perfect for any occasion, so let your hair down and start styling!