Styling one’s hair is more than just an attempt to keep it out of the way; it’s a fashion statement, and can send a message about the owner’s personality, fashion sense, and social niche. Like any other grooming behavior, hair styles change and evolve over time, influenced by famous figures whom others wish to imitate.
Thus, several iconic hairstyles become eponymous; they’re named after the person who brought them into the spotlight. One of the most well-known eponymous cuts is The Rachel, after the Jennifer Aniston character on the sitcom Friends. But there are others, too, and you might not have heard of them yet. If your client sits down and tells you that he or she wants one of these cuts, you’ll know what they mean.
The Bo Derek
In 1979, a film called “10” was released, starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, and newcomer Bo Derek. While many may have forgotten the context for this Blake Edwards sex comedy, they likely remember the scene in which the gorgeous Derek suntans on a beach, wearing a yellow swimsuit and with her blonde hair pleated into cornrows. This look was immensely popular (so was Bo, whose posters adorned the bedrooms of boys all over the nation), and made tiny braids on Caucasian women into a full-blown fad.
This short, shaggy cut was made famous by Jane Fonda in the 1971 film Klute, in which she played a call girl and won an Academy Award for it. It was an extension of the choppy bobs of previous decades, though very layered and textured. Actress Keira Knightley recently wore the style, bringing it back into the spotlight once again.
Victoria Beckham, or “Posh Spice” skyrocketed into prominence as a member of the Spice Girls in the 1990s; even after their breakup, she remained in the spotlight as a fashion expert. Her angled, sleek bob continues to be one of the most iconic hairstyles for women, and consistently ranks in the top 5 most requested hairstyles.
The Dido Flip
Folk singer-songwriter Dido rose to prominence in the early 21st century; people loved her sensitive, intelligent music and low-key style. Ordinary women identified strongly with her, and strove to imitate the singer even more. Dido’s casual look was topped with a choppy hairstyle that ended just below her chin. It was easy enough to reproduce, and the singer once told an interviewer how disconcerting it was to show up at a concert and see rows and rows of people with her own haircut in the audience.