The 50 Most Iconic Hairstyles of All Time

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Hair’s the thing. It’s featured in Greek myths, Biblical verse, fairy tales, and a Broadway musical. Framing the face, hair is a huge part of our appearance, an aspect to our look that we can adapt or shave off, but never truly eliminate. Changing our hair is one of the easiest ways to alter our image, but keeping it the same can cement a signature style.

Most of us have it, but few are satisfied with what we’ve got. We want it longer or shorter, straighter or curlier, and bouncier, shinier, and healthier! A barometer of good and bad days, hair misbehaves, is unmanageable, and must be tamed. Every year, American women spend billions ($30 billion on color, $22 billion on cut, $7 billion on product) trying to get it just so.

Here are 50 hairdos that got it done. Some of them made headlines while others made careers. Mohawks, mop tops, pixies, and shags, bald heads and redheads, and peek-a-boo bangs. Maybe your next look is on the list? Stick with it.