Retro hair: A cut above the rest

Published 1:12 PM ET, Wed December 18, 2013
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Betty Hoevel, the author's mother, in 1968 and 1970, achieved these hairstyles with wire brush rollers, gel, teasing and lots of hairspray. Click through the gallery to see more retro hairstyles. courtesy betty hoevel
iReporter Janie Lambert from Hughesville, Maryland, says good hair runs in the family. Her aunt was a hair stylist for years and her great aunt worked a beauty shop. She shared this image of her grandmother, right, and great aunt from "the mid '20s or early '30s," she said. "They were inspired by movie stars and celebrities, especially the flapper era, silent movie." janie lambert
A few years later, Lambert's grandmother and great aunt were wearing longer and looser curls, she said. janie lambert
iReporter Kathi Cordsen from Fullerton, California, sent in this photo of her own hair from the 1960s. "Big hair was pretty much the fad in the '60s where I grew up in California. The higher, the better," she said. KCRep
Cordsen shot this photo of her sister Judy in the late 1960s. She described her sister as a teenage "lowrider," adding that the car you rode in was just as important as your hair. KCRep
iReporter Denise Ramirez sent in this photo of herself from 1969, when she was a sophomore at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, California, she said. "Creating this do took a lot of work. The main thing was getting the Aquanet buildup." ozfan22
iReporter Marie Sager is thankful that her hair today does not require as much effort as it did in the 1960s and 1970s. "Things are easier nowadays, you get a haircut where you just wash and wear," she said. "It automatically gives me an extra hour in the day." marie sager