100 Years of Down-to-There Hair
- Next1 of 11Jane Seymour: Keystone/Getty Images
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- Previous Next3 of 11Veronica Lake: George Hurrell/John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images
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Great Lengths1 of 11
By Shannan Rouss
For centuries and across cultures, long hair has been associated with health and beauty, according to Nancy Etcoff, author of Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty. Glo takes a look back at some of the most memorable Rapunzel-esque manes of the past 100 years, and considers how the style has grown.
Gibson Gal2 of 11
Long before the super models of the '80s, Evelyn Nesbit was the first in-demand beauty, working as an artist's model in New York during the early 1900s. Posing for illustrator illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, Nesbit became known as a "Gibson Girl." Gibson's drawings of women—with their hair tumbling down their backs—represented the ideal of the time.
The Lake Effect3 of 11
Following the bobbed cuts of the '20s, glamorous manes prevailed in the '40s with Hollywood stars like Veronica Lake setting the trend. Lake's long blond hair was called a "trichological sensation" by Life magazine in 1941. The same article also included the precise measurements of Lake's hair: "The hair varies in length from 17 inches in the front to 24 inches in the back and falls 8 inches below her shoulders."
Mane Event4 of 11
In 1950, shorter curled and coiffed 'dos were the norm, but Metropolitan Opera singer Blanche Thebom made waves with her Lady Godiva-worthy hair, which was reportedly 5 feet 3 inches long.
Getting Centered5 of 11
With the late '60s came the defiantly long hair that characterized the hippie movement. In 1970, Cher epitomized the carefree look with her own straight, parted-down-the-center locks.
Brush with Greatness6 of 11
As the eldest of the Brady girls, Marcia had hair of gold (like her mother) that she brushed 100 times every night. (In one memorable scene from the hit show, middle sister Jan dreamed of cutting Marcia's iconic hair in a psychotic rage. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, indeed.)
Shine On7 of 11
English rose Jane Seymour became famous for her Bond girl role in Live and Let Die—and for her impossibly shiny, waist-length tresses. Today at 61, Seymour's hair is still her crowning glory, proof that long hair doesn't have an age limit.
Hall of Fame8 of 11
During the days of disco, model Jerry Hall rocked a mane that was long and lush, signaling a change in the trend from pin-straight hair to voluminous.
Riding the Wave9 of 11
Supreme diva Diana Ross embraced her natural curls in the '80s with long, billowy hair that would become her signature.
Two of a Kind10 of 11
At the 2007 Academy Awards, Beyoncé and Gwyneth Paltrow went head to head with complementary lengthy locks.
Boho Chic11 of 11
Ex-husband Lenny Kravitz may have shorn his his dreads, but Lisa Bonet continues to wear hers to the waist, an example of the variety of long styles today.