If fashion is to be believed, very few features of an actress in Bollywood are as reflective of the times and style as her hair. With the attraction to beautiful women, there automatically comes the attraction to beautiful hair. With a 100 years of Bollywood, rest assured that every diva has made her mark in her era with not only her movies but also with her hairstyle.
Contrary to the assumption that long hair worn traditionally was the choice ofthe season, actresses as early as Nalini Jaywant had closely cropped curls. The way they fell over her face made her look more beautiful on camera. Vyjayanthimala was not only the pretty village belle with her huge eyes and flowing skirts, her side-locks glued to her cheeks made for a statement too.
Over to the 60s, actress Sadhna's fringe made all the young girls go for exactly that cut, and in no time it was famous as the 'Sadhna cut'. Even today, hairdressers recognise and oblige that one hairstyle as the same- 'Sadhna cut'! Sharmila Tagore's Bouffant in most of her movies, famously in 'An Evening in Paris' is still vivid in style memory.
Along with the 70s, came bolder, and more conspicuous hairstyles- some that made the women look seductive, and some that made them look demure. Jaya Bachchan's long, thick plaits and tresses gave her the timid, yet beautiful girl's look. Another memorable hair-icon was Parveen Babbi whose poker-straight hair and fringe were quite stunning!
Style in the 80s was rules by the diva of all times, Rekha. Her wavy, long hair in Silsila was every woman's envy. Later in the 80s came her woman-centric thriller Khoon Bhari Maang, in which she wore her hair in something between a mohawk and a punk. A mo-Punk, maybe?
The 90s saw a change in trend again, with Madhuri Dixit and Kajol ruling the roost for their hair. Madhuri's bouncing curls in Hum Aapke hai Kaun emphasized on her smiling face, and in Kuch Kuch Hota hai, the young, college going Kajol donned a mushroom cut- one that outlasted any of the hairstyles of that decade.
Post-2000s saw a change in trends- this time, not only in style but also in the kind of films that we saw on screen. The new leading ladies of the 2000's brought along hairstyles that defined fashion for now. Genelia's girl-next-door look in Jaane tu ya jaane na, Deepika's long, straight tresses in Chandni Chowk to China and Priyanka's semi-corporate feather cut were some styles that girls still ask for at hairdressers'.
It isn't just the movies that leaves behind a mark- it's also the things that make it and its actresses stand out individually. And hairstyles, sure make for a huge impact!