My memories of HippiesWhen I was about ten years old my aunt took me on a two week trip to London, it was the farthest I had ever been away from home. I can vividly remember seeing hippies everywhere but especially around Piccadilly Circus and Carnaby Street.
They were very colourful, had long hair and headbands around their head and wore long Afghan coats trimmed with fur. The men usually had beards and moustaches. I was a bit scared of these people at first as there were so many of them but my aunt told me as they professed peace and love they were okay. Some had flowers painted on their faces and wore flowers in their hair. I remember being handed a flower by one and another gave me lovebeads, I guess they though I was cute, I thought having a flower in my hair and lovebeads around my neck made me a hippie.
Carnaby street was the one place I wanted to see, never mind Buck house. All the stylish people and pop stars shopped there. When I arrived it was very busy and noisy but exciting as well. I could hardly believe I was in the famous Carnaby Street. I bought postcards with the street name on them and put them up on my bedroom wall at home. After my holiday my friends all wanted to know if I had been to Carnaby street and saw the hippies. The Beatles who were the most popular group at that time even ditched their suits, grew moustaches and wore their hair much longer. They wore hippy clothes and John Lennon had "love ins" with Yoko Ono. Peace, love and flower power became the words of the day.
This was me in London in 1967, The summer of love.
|At London Zoo in my home made dress and plastic bangle.|
In the early seventies in my first and second year at secondary school the feathered haircut was what we all wanted. Our mothers were horrified as it entailed chopping your hair to bits and leaving feathery bits of hair like rats tail down the back of your neck.It was cut short on top a bit like a mullet cut and we thought we were the bee's knees! If you read my post on F is for Follyfoot you'll have noticed that Dora had her hair feathered, it looked like this.
In 1976 Charlie's Angles gave us a new type of TV programme with three feisty girls as the stars. It encouraged a popular hairstyle for girls with long hair called The Farrah Fawcett cut. Long and curly, girls could toss their curls over their shoulders and pretend to be her.
In the same year the new cut for shorter hair was the Purdy Cut. This came about when Joanna Lumley joined The New Avengers on TV and became who every girl wanted to be so we had our hair cut like her. Sad to say it still didn't make us look like her, she was so beautiful and still is today.
|Did you have your hair feathered? Maybe you had a Purdy or Farrah Fawcett style?|