Long hairstyles with short layers & a side fringe

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The 1970s radically transformed the way both men and women wore their hair. The hippie generation's desire for more natural hairstyles evolved into a craze for long hair with short layers and side fringe, which could be worn in many different ways. Both the shag hairstyle and feathered hair were popular long hairstyles worn during this period of time.


The 1950s and 1960s were eras of extreme hold and control with hairstyles. Women during this time period wore their hair pinned up or curled and held into place with hairspray. Shorter, cropped hair was also popular for young women entering the working world for the first time. Men also wore their hair short during this time period. The hippie movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s inspired more natural hairstyles, as both women and men began growing their hair longer. Once grown out, this hair could be cut into layers with side fringe to create different styles.

Feathered Hair

Feathered hair, featuring short layers and side fringe, became synonymous with Farrah Fawcett during her stint on the hit 1970s series "Charlie's Angels." Women with this hairstyle generally parted their long hair in the middle then used a hairbrush, curlers, curling irons and hair dryers to flip back the fringe and layers on the side. Though this look was more largely associated with women, many men also sported feathered hair during the 1970s. Through the use of mousse and other hairstyling products, this look was big and bold with lots of body.

The Shag

The shag hairstyles was created by stylist Paul McGregor in the 1970s. While styling Jane Fonda for the movie "Klute," he was asked by Fonda to transform her long blond tresses into something totally different. This he accomplished by cutting her long hair to short, fringed layers and dying it brown. With the opening of "Klute" in 1971, Fonda's Bree Daniels, a high-class prostitute and aspiring actress, inspired women -- and men -- to transform their long, even cuts into this new, edgy shag haircut. Throughout the 1970s the shag was worn by popular rock musicians and actors.

Famous Hairstyles

Long hairstyles with short layers and a side fringe have been worn by many celebrities from the 1970s to the present. Though Farrah Fawcett's Jill Monroe is most frequently associated with feathered hair, Don Johnson of the television series "Miami Vice" and Tim Brooke-Taylor of British comedy troupe The Goodies also sported feathered hair during the 1970s. The shag haircut is also associated with various celebrities, many of them 1970s rock icons and musicians, including Joan Jett, Rod Stewart, David Cassidy and Mick Jagger. Actress Meg Ryan resurrected the shag haircut during the early 2000s.

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