Cartoon character Marge Simpson’s blue beehive do has been voted one of the most iconic hairdos of the past 50 years. What is interesting, is that her famously tall hair came second only to late
Princess Diana’s soft delicate cut that is still one of the most popular hairstyles around the world.
Stylist Renee Malik feels that it is possible that people relate to Marge’s style because it is an exaggerated representation of frizzy, uncontrollable hair, that many women have, especially in the city. “With the humidity in Mumbai, frizz does become an issue and hair goes wild,” she says. Warada Bhide, a stylist with Nalini of Nalini & Yasmin salon, however, feels that there is nothing iconic about the towering ‘hairferno’ sported by Marge. “Hair just does not go anti-gravity to this extent, no matter how much time and energy you spend on it. It’s simply unrealistic,” she explains.
The late Rock ’n roll legend Elvis Presley’s quiff came in third in the survey. Warada says this is making a comeback with males and even celebrities like actor Saif Ali Khan have taken to slicking their hair back. Late actor James Dean was another star who made the quiff popular and iconic during his Hollywood career. Renee adds that men are also experimenting with hair tattoos to create their own funky hairstyle statement nowadays.
For women who choose to go short, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham’s graduated bob cut is very popular, says Renee. “Many of my 40-plus expat clients like to go really short, while it’s the younger Indian girls who are open to experimenting,” she adds.
Actress Dimple Kapadia’s wavy, layered, long hair look is popular with women who prefer an elegant and simple look adds Warada.
While some ladies are experimenting with their looks, professional protocol often deters many young corporate women while getting their hair styled. Sapna Tiwari (name changed) says, “My boss really didn’t like where I was going with my bold highlights, and after he dropped many subtle hints, I dyed them back to my original brown colour. I didn’t want my personal style statement affecting my professional growth.”