The following is a list of my top 10 Most Memorable Hairstyles on both the big and small screen. I need to impose that this is simply what left a lasting impression with myself, and that I know several key players such as Princess Leia, Jenny Hanley and Lola were left out.
The characters listed are from the past and even a couple from the present that I feel make an impact. There is also a bit of Canadiana thrown in there, so for those of you not from here you may not recognize it, but after seeing her you will not forget it.
Which hairstyles have been the most memorable for you in TV and movies? Please let me know in the comments below!
10. Rosemary Woodhouse
For me, when I think pixie cut, my mind will always wander back to Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse in Rosemary’s Baby. Mia Farrow owned this hairstyle in 1968 and the fact that this picture is still brought into the salons today as a reference says a lot of the impact of this particular look.
9. Daenerys Targaryen
This is a newer character into this mix, but I do feel that Emilia Clarke’s portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in the The Game of Thrones series will leave a lasting impression in TV land. This platinum beauty rocks the boho vibe with braids galore all while kicking some serious ass.
8. Kelly Kapowski
It is safe to say that I idolized everything about Tiffani Amber Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell. Whether it was a cropped jean acid wash jacket, a neon unitard or slouchy socks, it was always topped off by the oh so epic ‘Kapowsi Bang’. Copious amounts of hairspray and backcombing went into my childhood trying to achieve her height.
7. Jo Stockton
When it comes to memorable hair and Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is often brought up. But I feel that her as Jo Stockton in Funny Face showcased her natural beauty and brought the beatnik look to the forefront of mainstream. This hairstyle would still easily work today with everything from the super short fringe to the tidy pony.
6. Joan Holloway
Christina Hendricks oozes sex appeal, and with her bombshell role as Joan Holloway in Mad Men it doesn’t get any better. Although this is a current TV show, her entire look brings us back to the 50’s/60’s with great ease. Her ginger locks are always impeccably done in fantastic fashion, even after a romp in the sheets.
Initially I was going to put Uma Thurman from Pulp Fiction on this list, but the more I thought about it the more I had to put the master of the hairstyle on here instead, Louise Brooks. Her look as Lulu in Pandora’s box has influenced styles since 1929. She will always be the master of the bob with a bang.
4. Foxy Brown
Pam Grier is known as a woman who plays kick ass roles and Foxy Brown is no exception. Pam’s whole look as Foxy Brown is absolutely iconic. And although she has sported many styles throughout the years, her afro is hands down my favourite, as nobody can wear that style like Foxy Brown.
Daryl Hannah’s role as Pris in Blade Runner is one of my favourite styles from the 80’s. Pris as a “Basic Pleasure Model” replicant, showcased New Wave style with an amazing nest of shaggy blonde hair that was backcombed and teased to new heights. This look epitomized the 80’s take on the future.
Milla Jovovich plays a quirky humanoid woman named Leeloo in The Fifth Element. Her entire look is incredibly iconic and is still heavily used as a costume, mainly at Comic Cons. Her look would not be complete without her famous tangerine locks cut into the bob with bangs style. I even had her colour shortly after this film came out.
1. Christine “Spike” Nelson
This character is probably not that familiar to you if you are not Canadian, but if you are then she is most likely an icon. Amanda Stepto played Christine ‘Spike’ Nelson on Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High in the 80’s. She is also on the current Degrassi:The Next Generation, but sadly her spiked bleached hair did not follow. I can only imagine the amount of Dippity Do that went into this style over the years.