"There is only one cure for gray hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine." This is what Sir P.G. Wodehouse, English novelist, playwright and lyricist, once proclaimed of the never-ending concern for hair style. It may seem like an exaggeration, but to some the style of their hair is a matter of life and death.
Hair obsession, however, starts a long time before people started imitating Paris Hilton or Justin Bieber.
Hair Styles through the Ages
Ever changing cultural perceptions of what makes a good hair style have changed over time, like all fashion trends.
In Ancient Egypt, noblemen and women clipped their hair close to their head while in classical Greece, women's hairs was pulled back into a chignon. In ancient Rome, more ornate hairstyles were in as hair was tightly curled and then piled high on the head.
In ancient China unmarried Chinese girls were required to wear long and braided hair. In some Africa countries, hairstyles signified status; Masai warriors tied the front of their hair into sections of tiny braids with the hair grown to waist lengths. Some Native American Indian tribes, on the other hand, are famous for long braids adorned with feathers.
The Renaissance Period saw many women plucking their entire front hairline to get a higher forehead while wearing elaborate headdresses. This continued until the Victorian era when hair nets were used to keep curls clipped to the back of the head.
The roaring 1920s set the trend for short, bobbed and wavy hair. This signified the independent and free-spirited status women had rightfully achieved. It wasn't until the 1940s however, when masses, especially women, flocked to theaters to see their favourite movie icons and the imitation of "Hollywood Hair" began.
Hair Accessories and Hollywood Celebrities
Imitating Hollywood icons continues to be the trend today. Fashionable Hairstyles have become a vital aspect of a celebrity's look. For example, actresses like Emily Blunt and Zooey Deschanel love wearing hair clips to accentuate their long, brunette hair.
There are also celebrities who just love wearing headbands. Natalie Portman, Paris Hilton, Nicole Ritchie and Vanessa Hudgeons are almost always seen on red carpets wearing fashionable headbands (even) baby headbands) and other hair accessories.
There are even Hollywood celebrities who go all out. Take Sarah Jessica Parker for example. She has become famous for wearing over-the-top headdresses that are almost her height! Although sometimes she tones it down by wearing something as tiny as a wedding tiara, which would never be complete without the intricate Swarovski glitters!
Hairstyles in the Modern World
Hairstyles and hair accessories are like time, they're constantly changing. What was in before may be back today, and what was fashionable today may not necessarily be "in" tomorrow.
It's not necessarily a bad thing to imitate your favourite Hollywood icon's hair style but it's probably better to style your hair according to what's comfortable for you. In the end, what matters is how you feel about your look not necessarily how others see the similarities between you and Lady Gaga.