Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The History Of Glam: Natural 1960's

The 1960's marked a very big transition between ladylike manner and looks of the 50's and the free-spirited glamour of the 60's. The sixties featured quite a number of diverse trends thorought the years. The decade broke many earlier fashion traditions. The early years brought mini-skirts, and the pillbox hat introduced by Jackie Kennedy. False eyelashes became a everday necessity. Hair styles were all different lengths and styles. Soon it would all change. People were dressing in psychedelic prints, neon colors, and mismatched patterns. The hippie movement brought drastic fashion changes including bell-bottom jeans, tye-dyes, paisley, and batik fabrics.

The hippie subculture was originally a youth movement that arose mind-60's in the US and soon spread to other countries around the world. The word "Hippie" was initally used to describe beatniks who had moved to San Franciso. These people created their own communities, listened to psychedelic rock, they embraced the sexual revolution. These people also used drugs very often and recreational to explore altered states of consciousness. Hippies rallied, protested against the Vietnam war, promoted sexual liberation for all and tried to open people up to a more natural, unmaterialistic life and drugs. lol. All they wanted was peace, love and personal freedom over political and social demands.The hippie fashion and values had a massive effect on culture even to this day.

The early 60's was all about the bouffant hairdo. Orginally sported by Jackie Kennedy but then went Hollywood in movies. Skilled hairstylists and almost the entire generation of glamorous girls wore this eye-catching hair style. By the middle of the sixties it reached it's peak by becoming a romantic evening do worn at star-studded events. But by the end of decade, the bouffant slowly began to fall out of the trendy bandwagon. With the new era of women in the workforce, the time and effort needed to create this style it became too much of a hassle. Women also had a lot of concerns with the amount of hair spray used to create this stylish hairdo. It became an annoyance to others that had to sit behind these women in events or movie-theaters because it blocked their view. Finally it got so irritating, people would openly express their hatred for the hairdo. During the hippie movement, men and women grew their hair long and tried to avoid fussing over hairstyles and hair products. Natural hair was in.But to contrary belief, hippies did wash their hair regularly. Braiding was very popular. Usually hair was parted in the middle and was bang-less. For men, long sideburns were very in. Fashion accessories like bandanas, scarves headbands, clips, flowers were very commonly seen in hippie hair. Also some styled their hair with a thin ribbion tied at the back of the head with hair easily flowing. This became a very iconic look throught the sixties.
Like the hairstyles of the hippie movement, The approach became low maintenance, so makeup was as natural looking as ever. Some wore a small pop of color on the lids with a thin layer of mascara sufficed the look. Most wore face paintings of peace signs, flowers, or hearts on their cheeks in protest or concert going.

I LOVE this style of fashion and makeup. I love how natural everything was. It wasn't about who had this or that but it was about embracing the beauty of yourself and others. These men and women had no problems with how they looked. I love the long flowy skirts, I have dozens that I wear during the spring and summer. I wish I could've been around for this decade. For my look I kept it as simple as possible. Skin toned eye shadow and mascara were the only eye makeup I used. I did a glowy foundation look and some face painting some wore to protests or concerts. Enjoy :]

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