Loss of a Hair Icon

By Melissa Hill | 06/25/2009 2:36:00 PM


I wasn't alive in the 1970's to see firsthand the impact of the famous poster that rocketed her to stardom. I didn't see the thousands of women and girls who tried to imitate her style. But that poster and that amazing hair is a part of my pop cultural awareness anyway. She was the precursor to every version of the shag we've seen since. When I had "The Rachel" in 1995, I could ultimately thank "The Farrah."

When her poster was shot in 1976, Fawcett was a model who had bit parts when it came to acting. Photographer Bruce McBroom placed Fawcett in the Indian blanket-draped front seat of his 1937 Chevy and snapped away. Fawcett did her own hair -- a long, tousled cascade of blonde locks -- picked out the red bathing suit and chose the frame later used for the poster, according to a story in the Toronto Star. It sold a reported 12 million copies, and Fawcett became a household name.

Shortly after, Fawcett was asked to join the cast of "Charlie's Angels," where her long, flowing blond shag became the hair everyone wanted. According to friend and longtime hairstylist, Jose Eber - whose first celebrity client was Fawcett - "She was blessed with the most amazing hair anybody could have."

"Her hair had its own personality," he says, on People.com. "In my business, doing hair for so long now, very rarely do you see a person who has hair with such perfection. And it was all natural."

As recently as this spring, an updated version of the Farrah with less volume and more refined feathering, was being worn on stars like Eva Longoria and Charlizer Theron and touted on beauty blogs like BellaSugar.com.

Thanks for the style inspiration, Farrah. I may just have to flip my hair out tomorrow in your honor.

Shortly after we heard the news, we sent out a tweet asking our friends on Twitter to tell us about the impact they felt Farrah had on the hair industry. Here are some of the messages we got back, as well as postings from other Twitter users. To follow our conversations, go to Twitter.com/ModernSalon.

ARROJO Farrah is the originator of the “hairstyle named after a person” trend, and her fluffy flips certainly were her trademark. This style has been revisited and reinvented in almost every decade and is still today one of the most famous, if not the most famous hairstyle of all time. She is a timeless beauty and will be missed!

WLCO Every prepubescent teen had her poster & every female would have killed for THAT HAIR! FF was the Jen Aniston of her generation.

salontoday Growing up, watching Charlie's Angels was a family activity and my dad even had the FF poster.

VerveHair Farrah's hair has been so iconic! Everyone knows her hair. The resurgence of the look a few years ago proves it's status.

mjgrantz I love to rock Farrahs style from Charlie's Angels days when I wear my extensions!

proMensGrooming Anyone remember her shampoo from the mid-seventies? It had a color photograph of her with her "do" on the front & her signature.

tlezfemme My eyeliner & mascara done like Farrah has run down my cheeks. I don't feel like tossing my hair at all.

saucystaci Farrah Fawcett set the bar for so many women my age--for hair, for looks, for careers and now for her spirit of how she died. RIP Farrah.

darkangel522 The phrase "Farrah Hair" will forever live on. Homegirl had amazing hair! She was a great actress to boot.

FormallyYours Any girl of the 70's who wore "Farrah Hair" is mourning Farrah Fawcett's passing. We toast 2 her w/our bottle of hairspray!

BoHemianBird At 9, I feathered my hair, looked in mirror, saw flowing locks & brilliant smile instead of mousy brown & buck teeth. Love you Farrah! RIP!







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