An Animated History Of 20th Century Hairstyles Shows How Far Hair Has Come

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Hairstyles can speak volumes about history. Over the course of the 20th century, looks ranged from dreamy to trendy, from intricate to just plain bizarre.

A new animated video from The Atlantic takes viewers on a 100-year hair journey. From mullets to pompadours, bobs and beyond, the 20th century saw more than a few iconic hairstyles. Some styles, like curtain hair, we’d love to see make a comeback. Others like the flat top — which originated in 1915! — we’re happy to see in the past.

Take an in-depth look at some of the most memorable ‘dos in the video above, and excuse us while we try to recreate the ‘Gibson Girl’ look from 1900.


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