Walk into a barber or salon these days and you can choose from any one of thousands of hairstyles, most of them perfectly within the realm of “normal.” But, travel back in time 150 years (or even just a few decades) and you’ll find that wasn’t the case. Hairstyles have always expressed individuality, but there most certainly were standards that set the tone. These novel hairstyles garnered quite a bit of guff when they first were created. Have a look back with us at 6 hairstyles that were once considered scandalous!
6) Lunatic Fringe
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about how badly she wanted bangs when she was a teenager and how her mother flatly refused – even when Laura pointed out that another girl they knew had bangs. Before the ” dime sociable” of 1884, Laura finally convinces her Ma to let her cut delicate bangs, which she then curls using a heated lead pencil.
Laura’s parents both comment on the “lunatic fringe” and Ma seems to think cutting a woman’s hair to be an improper thing to do! It’s true that we rarely see bangs on women for most of the 1800s. During the 1890s, however, curled bangs began to make a big splash and became quite fashionable.