I was a bit worried about writing this post about the best hair in rock (in my opinion). I didn’t want to be dismissed as a silly fangirl who only likes classic rock because the musicians are hot, so I waited.
I think the time is right to write this post. I’ve been working on this blog for almost 4 years and I’ve gained a good reputation and following. People know I’m not shallow and they know I love classic rock. I keep it professional on this blog.
It’s hard to be a female classic rock fan, especially if you’re a millennial. People assume that you’re into classic rock because of your boyfriend/husband or that he’s dragging you to concerts. When you buy records, sometimes judgemental staff assume it’s a gift for your dad and look puzzled because “how can a young person know about all of this?”. I’ve heard many stories from fellow women who love classic rock who get quizzed by older guys whenever they go to concerts or wear band shirts.
Also doesn’t help when the radio stations try way too hard to have that macho image. It’s cheesy and alienating. Babe of the week, babe of the month? Here’s a better idea: Humans of Classic Rock – like Humans of New York, do listener vox pops and have the listeners tell their stories.
The truth is, female fans are very loyal and are hardcore about their love of classic rock too. All we want is to be seen as equals.
A lot has changed this year. One of the biggest changes was my hair. I began the year with my signature 60s hairstyle, long, straight (but gets wavy because of the rain), with thick blunt fringe.
Now my hair looks more 70s, simple long straight centre part. There was an awkward transition in between and it took strength to not go to the hairdresser and trim my fringe. It helped that my bank account was telling me no.
And I had a bad experience at a hairdresser – basically took off too much length and I didn’t want to go back to the hair salon. So I bought hair scissors and cut split ends as I saw them.
My hair journey
First phase of growing out your fringe is going with either an emo side fringe or a Paul Weller curtain fringe moment. I’ve rocked the Paul Weller moment quite a few times because it would be a few weeks until my hair appointment.
Second phase is awkwardly blowdrying it away from your face or pinning it back. I tried to blow dry it back, but humidity always ruins my plans. I constantly lose bobby pins and my hair is a bit thick so also not much of a solution.
Finally, we get to phase three, being able to tuck it behind your ears if you want to see or having it in your face if you wanna look more rock and roll.
I don’t regret ditching the fringe because it’s a pain. I always had to carry a comb or brush with me everywhere and it didn’t always co-operate. Saving money is nice too. Maybe it will make its return, maybe not. We’ll see.
Classic Rock #HairGoals…
In this section, I’ll be first sharing my top five hair inspirations.
Cher: Throughout the 60s and 70s, she was hair goals – from her long black hair with a full fringe in the 60s to her waist length hair in the 70s, perfection. I naturally have black hair, like Cher. She makes me want to go back to my natural hair colour, but I’m worried I’ll look like a corpse because I’m pale. I dressed up as Cher for Halloween this year. Definitely one of my favourite Halloween moments.
Crystal Gayle: I think she’s got the longest hair of any mainstream musician in the 70s. Sure she’s not a classic rocker, but she’s from the era. With nearly floor length hair, how can you not say it’s hair goals? I don’t think my hair will ever get that long, but I can dream. However, it comes at a price, hair has weight and she has said her Rapunzel hair has given her headaches. In an interview she acknowledges the struggles, but loves her hair so much she won’t cut it. To this day, she still rocks that trademark look.
Jane Asher: I know, she’s not a classic rocker, but she dated Paul McCartney. Anyway, her hair was more of an inspiration when I was around 18-19. Wore my hair with fringe and dyed it strawberry blonde. I spent a lot of money on hair dye back then and maintaining my long bob. Nowadays it’s harder to maintain that reddish blonde colour because I’m growing my hair longer, so I’m now looking more auburn or even brunette. Still, she has gorgeous hair.
Rick Wakeman: Yes! There’s men on this list too. I remember watching videos of live performances from Yes and he stood out. Tall, long blonde hair, capes, he looks like a wizard. I was really into Yes when I was 18-19 years old and had shorter hair. He made me want to grow it out, but it took years to get to where I am now. Sadly, Rick didn’t maintain this hairstyle for that long. He cut his hair in the late 70s.
Scott Gorham: Last, but certainly not least – my ultimate hair inspiration. Hair so fabulous that women are jealous, including me. I saw straight guys on forums saying that they’re even confused when they look at him. If you like Rick Wakeman’s hair, but you prefer brown hair, this is what you’ve been looking for. I’ve seen a lot of pictures of rock stars, and I think Scott Gorham has the longest hair of any male rock star of the 70s (correct me if I’m wrong). He cut his hair in 1980 to a shoulder length long bob with fringe, at least he didn’t have any bad hair moments that decade, unlike a lot of rock stars.
Jane Birkin: One of the best compliments I ever got was that I looked like Jane Birkin. I remember when I was 14 I saw a picture of Jane Birkin and I thought she was so pretty. Never would I imagine that someone would compare me to her. My favourite hairstyle of hers is her hair in the late 60s.
Joni Mitchell: Long and blonde with fringe. I was thinking of going this route with my hair.
June and Jean Millington: Almost all of Fanny had waist length hair. The band also look great with curls.
Pattie Boyd: One of the prettiest Beatle wives/girlfriends. I wanted to have blonde hair like hers, but it’s not in the cards for me. She’s gorgeous and had so many great hair moments.
Or hair that looks badass
Now, I’m going to share some amazing diverse hair from classic rock – all textures and hair colours. I can’t get hair like this, but I appreciate its beauty.
Billy Preston: He had a huge afro. It looked epic. The pictures speak for themselves.
Jimi Hendrix: Definitely the first guy you think of when you think of rock stars with afros. I love when he’d put a headband around his head. Very hippie!
Michael Jackson: He was so adorable in the Jackson 5 and through the late 70s. My favourite era for him was the 70s, easily.
Phil Lynott: Love his hair. I’d have to say overall, had some of the best hair in classic rock. Huge inspiration to me in many ways. My brother has an afro, maybe my brother and I cosplay as half of Thin Lizzy?
Prince: Inspirational in so many ways to me. He didn’t really wear an afro much, but when he did, he looked great. Iconic.
Ray Dorset: The face of Mungo Jerry. Rocked the afro and sideburns.
Agnetha Fältskog: Can’t forget Agnetha from ABBA!
Alex Lifeson: Beautiful long blonde hair – for that androgynous 70s prog rock look.
Brian Connolly: Platinum blonde and I’m pretty sure it was natural? While in school, his nickname was Snowball. If I tried dying my hair that light, I wouldn’t have any left. His hairstyle wasn’t really my thing, but that hair colour looks cool.
David Bowie: While he wasn’t always blonde, my favourite era of his was the early 70s, when he looked super feminine.
John Entwistle: You’re probably wondering why he’s on this list. Believe it or not, his hair was naturally blonde! He dyed it black so Roger Daltrey could stand out. In the photos below, you can see that his eyebrows don’t match his hair. In later pictures you can see his eyebrows more clearly – so he either dyed them or used a pencil.
Robert Plant: He could have gone into the curly hair section, but that section has a lot of rock stars in it. I naturally have hair like his, but darker obviously.
Roger Taylor: How can we forget him? He had beautiful long blonde androgynous looking hair. In drag he looked super feminine. No wonder it was his idea to do drag in the “I Want to Break Free” music video.
Bob Dylan: My husband used to have hair kind of like his. Long for 60s standards, but not so much for 70s standards. Still looks great.
Brian May: His big, dark, curly hair is beautiful. He used to straighten it in the early 70s because straight hair was the style then. Love how he kept the same hair since the 70s. It’s got to be natural because perms take a toll on your hair.
Jimmy Page: Kinda curly, kinda wavy. Really depends on the day. Led Zeppelin had cool hair generally.
Marc Bolan: Love his corkscrew curls. He stood out, as not a lot of glam rockers had curly hair.
Roger Daltrey: I couldn’t take my eyes off his hair in Tommy.
So many bands had this look in the 60s – here are just a few.
George Harrison: Mid to late 60s George is my favourite George era.
Ian Gillan: Incredible voice and incredible hair to go along with it.
Jim Morrison: My husband said that Jim Morrison was his hair goals and asked me if Jim Morrison will be mentioned. The answer is yes.
Rory Gallagher: Had beautiful wavy brown hair
Stevie Nicks: I’m not sure if her 70s hair counts as wavy, but it looked really nice. Very witchy.
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