As hairdressers we know that one look can define a generation, no more so than when you put that cut in people’s living rooms every week. Since the invention of the small screen, iconic hairstyles have been pervading pop culture, leaving us either cringing or inspired.
While there are so many famous cuts that have featured on our TVs, these 7 are particularly remembered as defining a character, a show or an entire era. Which is your favourite?
1. Jill Munroe
When Farrah Fawcett first burst onto screen as Jill Monroe in Charlie’s Angels circa 1976, the world, or at least the world of hair, was changed forever. Despite starring for just the first season, Farrah’s feathered locks proved eternal.
2. Rachel Green
Worn by a young Jennifer Aniston, who famously hated the style, The Rachel (enough of a phenomenon to warrant its own title) was a key feature of Friends, which was in turn the epicentre of 90s pop culture.
3. Marge Simpson
Who in the world couldn’t describe Marge’s blue beehive? Animation aside, Marge’s famous tresses have been the focus of several story lines in The Simpsons‘ 26 year run, easily earning their place alongside ‘D’oh!’ and Duff Beer in the extensive Simpsons lexicon, and earning Marge her place on this list.
4. Lucille Ball
Known as a trademark redhead in a show shot in black and white, Lucille Ball’s rich red hue and ‘poodle’ curls dominated I Love Lucy, and the 1950s along with it.
Playing the titular character on Felicity in the late 90s, Keri Russell undertook a haircut so drastic some viewers may have never recovered. The chop to her famously wild curls was blamed for the show’s subsequent second season ratings decline, although whether that was just your standard sophomore slump or actual protest over the cut is still a matter of opinion.
6. B.A. (Bad Attitude) Baracus
Better known as Mr. T, the actor who made the character and the hairstyle so famous in The A-Team series, this iconic 1980s figures was renowned for two things. 1. Pitying fools and 2. This edgy mohawk.
7. Carrie Bradshaw
Worn short, long, curly and straight throughout six seasons and two movies of Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw was never more on point than with her famous curls. Love life woes and money troubles aside, at least she had a fabulous head of hair to complement her 400 designer shoes.