Our Sixties model sports a version of the Flip hairstyle which lasted
throughout the decade. Hairstyles of this nature were being invented by
boardroom designers, passed on to the fashion models, taken up by the
musical stars, and from there imitated by the fans. It was a generation
in which the family had enough disposal income that non-working members
like the high school students could visit hairstylists and adopt
innovative looks, if only for their annual High School photograph or the
annual prom. The look had to be good all year round -- good enough for
classes, the Yearbook, and in many cases, even the prom itself, though
for the latter event, it would be a new look for her. The Flip combined
the curl of the little girl, an influence borrowed from as far back as the
Flapper and Shirley Temple days. It usually had the high center that
was more a result of an increase in blow dryers and hairspray, and the
necessity from an advertising-driven society to buy more products to add
to one's beauty arsenal. Pity the poor student who's parents could not
compete. She had to avoid a stylish look by wearing her hair long and
straight or just rely upon her natural curls.
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