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PIX: Bollywood's ICONIC hairstyles, over the years

Last updated on: March 19, 2013 10:06 IST

Image: Top to bottom: Geeta Bali, Madhubala, Nargis
Sukanya Verma in Mumbai

If story, direction and performances are the mind of a film, music, songs, colours and fashion are its lustrous expressions.

Ultimately, significant or superficial, every tiny detail contributes in making a unique impression on its viewer.

For as long as one can remember, films have dictated the trends in style -- be it clothes or hair among both men and women with flourishing imagination.

Every decade of Hindi films bears a stamp of individuality and instant recognition because of these seemingly frivolous attributes.

Be it the timeless simplicity of the 1950s, dazzling flamboyance of the 1960s, free-spirited sleekness of the 1970s, kitschy excesses of the 1980s, exuberant vivacity of the 1990s or consciously chic approach of the 2000s and more, the imagery is copious, whimsical and super stylish.

Forget the clothes; hairstyle alone has undergone tremendous change from the vintage waves to statement braids.

Here's an extensive look at the changing hair trends of Bollywood actresses over the decades.

Keeping it short, wavy and classic

Blessed with intrinsic glamour, Hindi cinema's reigning beauties like Madhubala, Nargis and Geeta Bali didn't do many elaborate things for their hair to stand out.

Allowing their naturally wavy, medium-length tresses a slight curl or wave to render it a manageable look did sufficient to portray them as the liberated woman of the 1950s.


One fringe to beat them all

Image: Sadhana

Inspired by Audrey Hepburn's gorgeous fringe, Sadhana trimmed her front hair to create what would be known as the 'Sadhana' cut for the rest of our lives.

Several of her contemporaries tried to ape but none had the same effect as the star of Love in Simla, Ek Musafir Ek Haseena and Woh Kaun Thi.


Bouffant girls

Image: Sharmila Tagore, Waheeda Rehman, Saira Bano

There was huge craze for the puffed-up hairdo among the fashionistas of the sixties.

From the consistently elegant Sharmila Tagore to the unfussy Waheeda Rehman to the elfin Saira Banu, few could resist the bulky bouffant.


Getting wiggy with it

Image: Hema Malini, Mala SInha, Asha Parekh, Helen, Vyjayantimala

Heroines sported multiple looks in the same movie.

If in one scene, she boasted of Rapunzel's length, the next paid tribute to Marilyn Monroe.

How was this achieved? Simple, they wore wigs -- cute, wacky, tacky, flouncy, inventive wigs.

Whether it was dancing sensation Helen, classical beauties like Vyjyanthimala and Hema Malini or trendsetters like Asha Parekh and Babita, everybody embraced fake hairpieces like a sport.


The bun supremacy

Image: Mumtaz, Raakhee, Reena Roy
Some normalcy returned with the likes of Raakhee, Mumtaz and Reena Roy opting to go for neatly tied hair spruced up with prominent side curls to play the traditional girl-next-door to the hilt.

High rise hair!

Image: Yogeeta Bali, Kaajal Kiran, Moushmi Chatterji, Bindu

Big hair, bigger curls also made its presence felt among the aspiring and established like Yogeeta Bali, Kaajal Kiran, Moushmi Chatterji and Bindu.

In this typically 70s look, a mound of locks are tied high while the overwhelming remainder rests pretty on her frail shoulders.


Sleek and sexy!

Image: Shabana Azmi, Zeenat Aman, Poonam Dhillon, Parveen Babi

Through the 70s and 80s, the sleek straight hair with side flicks was endorsed by both the glam girls as well as the powerhouse performers ranging. 

From Zeenat Aman, Parveen Babi to Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil to Padmini Kolhapure, Poonam Dhillon and Anita Raj till, perhaps, Bhagyashree, the aforementioned hairstyle has enjoyed quite a run.


Pin-up girls!

Image: Tina Munim, Bindiya Goswami, Rati Agnihotri and Deepti Naval

A slight variation of the earlier look involved sporting a middle parting and clips on either side to give the star a younger, endearing appeal.

Don't you think Tina Munim, Bindiya Goswami, Rati Agnihotri and Deepti Naval look fabulous in this avatar?


Double plaits, singularly awesome

Image: Rekha and Neetu Singh

At the same time, the long-haired divas like Rekha and Neetu Singh were more than happy to keep it uncomplicated tying those famously silky tresses in tidy pigtails. 

It certainly boosted their youthful appeal even further.


Kaali teri chhoti hai

Image: Sridevi, Jaya Prada

The 1980s witnessed Southern sensations like Sridevi and Jaya Pradha take over Bollywood with a series of successes opposite Jeetendra and Rajesh Khanna. 

And often they played the Bhartiya nari stereotype with her seriously long mane tied in single plaits, frequently wrapped in mogras.


Step up!

Image: Madhuri Dixit, Meenakshi Sheshadri

The side-swept steps -- curled or blow dried hairstyle of Madhuri Dixit is a distinct trademark of the erstwhile numero uno.

She continues to endorse it till date.

And her once arch-rival Meenakshi Sheshadri sported the same look with equal elan in quite a few films.


Return of the fringe

Image: Juhi Chawla, Neelam Kothari

Meanwhile, the same decade (1980s) also accommodated the likes of chirpy Juhi Chawla and doll-faced Neelam. 

Though their hair texture is completely different, both sported a cute fringe, a la Sadhana, and made it hugely popular.


Perm and perky

Image: Pooja Bhatt, Raveena Tandon, Divya Bharti

Hairstyles got decidedly more hip in the 1990s after Pooja Bhatt debuted a frizzy perm in Daddy and Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi.

Her Pehla Nasha co-star Raveena Tandon looked equally ravishing in hers.

Ditto for the late Divya Bharti whom Raveena replaced in films like Mohra and Laadla after her sudden demise.


Gelled elegance

Image: Aishwarya Rai, Kajol

Back combed hair, preferably gelled, with a tight bun at the back accentuates big eyes and goes perfectly with an halter neck outfit. 

And who'd realise this better than two of the most beautiful women of Bollywood -- Aishwarya Rai and Kajol?


Lets get this straight

Image: Karisma Kapoor, Kajol

So popular was Karisma Kapoor's severely straightened hair look in Raja Hindustani, the actress decided to sport it in all her subsequent movies.

Though blessed with thicky, wavy hair Kajol too opted for the shiny, ironed locks in her comeback movies like Fanaa, My Name is Khan and We Are Family.


The big bangs theory

Image: Rani Mukerji, Lara Dutta, Prachi Desai

Wispy, feathered or blunt, nothing looks smarter than layered hair teamed with glamorous bangs. 

And popular since Rani Mukerji's swanky turn as Tina in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to its more playful versions sported by Lara Dutta and Prachi Desai, to name a few, layers are here to stay.


Bob, blunt and beautiful

Image: Preity Zinta, Urmila Matondkar, Vidya Balan, Manisha Koirala

Over the years, actresses have become adventurous about their hair and make-up.

Be it Manisha Koirala, Vidya Balan, Urmila Matondkar or Preity Zinta, neither has qualms about chopping off her velvety tresses for a short bob or nifty blunt cut.


The extension syndrome

Image: Priyanka Chopra and Bipasha Basu

Instead of awkward wigs, stars, nowadays, simply clip on a set of hair extensions to flaunt perfectly tousled/ highlighted/tinted hair in a jiffy.

Take a look at Priyanka Chopra or Bipasha Basu, can hardly tell the difference, right?


Unruly curls

Image: Kangna Ranaut, Suman Ranganathan

Bollywood hasn't been big on curly-haired hotties barring the briefly buzzing Suman Ranganathan (Fareb, Aa Ab Laut Chalein).

But Kangana Ranaut changed that perception with her furiously wiry locks since her breakthrough film, Gangster.



Image: Esha Gupta, Genelia D'Souza
While nowhere as intense as Ms Ranaut, the gently tousled and twisted hairstyle demonstrated by Genelia D'Souza and Esha Gupta too had quite a few fashion-forward fans rushing for the nearest hair curling hot rod. 

Ho ja rangeela re!

Image: Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif

Priyanka Chopra in Love Story 2050, Katrina Kaif in New York, Kareena Kapoor in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu -- all have one thing in common. Coloured hair.

From blonde to red, these girls have dyed their salon-like hair in shades of madness and marvel.


The Katniss!

Image: Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Asin

After Jennifer Aniston's historic 'Rachel,' the other Jennifer, Lawrence caught worldwide attention with her chic braid as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

Here's how it's influenced our desi girls from Deepika to Asin.


Au naturale

Image: Nutan, Meena Kumari, Jaya Bhaduri, Dimple Kapadia, Tabu, Sonam Kapoor

And there are some, who more often than not, chose to keep their striking mane, real and beautiful, highlighting its lustrous appeal by merely letting it loose. 

Meena Kumari, Nutan, Jaya Bhaduri, Dimple Kapadia, Tabu, Sonam Kapoor, the list like Rapunzel's hair is endless.