Hair today, gone tomorrow
By Adam Tatelman, Staff Writer
Here’s the skinny: this is the decade of disco dancin’, roller-bootin’, and Saturday night fever. Our generation’s got a sense of style like no other, and our hottest stars are blazing fashion trails every day of the week! There are so many new and exciting ways to wear your hair, they’re almost impossible to count. But count them we did, and with these fashion tips, you too can hit the dance floor in the image of your favorite TV stars! From the ‘fro to the jheri curl, these hip hairstyles are sure to stand the test of time! Can you dig it?
Shag Style: The companion to Burt Reynolds ’staches across the nation, this simple style is the go-to choice for Donny Osmond fans across the nation. There’s no one way to do a shag—just make sure you’ve got bangs that cover your eyebrows and sweep that stuff to the side for an epic fringe. The best kind of shag is professional enough to take to your gig, but stylish enough to bring to the disco club you and your friends all bug out to after work. If you’ve got a little salt-and-pepper in your hair, this one’s for you. After all, it worked for Charles Bronson!
Jheri Curl: What do Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, and Michael Jackson all have in common? That’s right, they all wear the Jheri Curl! If your hair is naturally curly, get a perm to loosen up those curls and let them float free. How long you want your new curls to be is up to you. Some like it tall on the sides and flat in the middle, some like it short in the front and long at the back. The short-all-over jheri curl style is especially popular among standup comedians. Grow it out over time and decide how you want to style it.
Travolta Trim: This hairstyle is strictly for cool cats only. As it was written in the gospel according to Travolta, this look can only be achieved with an entire bottle of hair gel and at least an hour of combing, preferably with the Bee Gees playing in the background. The soundwaves help to achieve the right flare so your trim has body when you head out to dance the night away in cool city. White suit jacket and bell-bottom pants optional.
Afro: Take it to the max with this fab ’do! Once your hair reaches your feet after a few months of unfettered growth, get the smallest curlers possible and prepare for the ultimate perm! Groom it like a chia pet with a fine toothed comb, run a pick through it, and voila! You have the most glorious mane any brother in platform shoes and a white jumpsuit could ask for.
Hippy Locks: The ‘60s may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to cut your hair! Joni Mitchell is still a hippy fashion icon today, proving that tie-dye blouses and earth-goddess locks never go out of style, baby. If you want to capture that far-out flair, the method couldn’t be simpler—just throw out all your trimming tools and treat hair product like toxic waste. Which it probably is, earth-child. Remember, there’s no telling what The Man puts in there! Once you’ve purified your toiletries, all you have to do is wait until your hair grows long enough to be a cape. Then you’re officially funkadelic.
There are so many more styles to choose, from David Bowie’s epic Ziggy Stardust mullet to the incredible Bo Derek braids. Stars abound for you to emulate, but only the truly daring pioneers of fashion will dare to mix and match! Put a few braids in your shaggy afro, and who knows? You could be the next big thing! Catch you on the flipside!