Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Brief History of......

In today's list, we will be moving into some deeply, deeply shallow territory.....hair trends in gymnastics. Mostly because there have been definite fads over the years in a sport where the best-kept hair during competition is hair kept out of the way- but also
because, over the years, along with some winning coiffures, there have been some highly dubious choices- something I think we should all celebrate together!





We have seen team trends....
Does anyone else think the US women's team are spending a little too much time together? Especially considering they are all sporting exactly the same bumpy-fringe do in varying degrees?





And does anyone else think they may have been heavily influenced by this particular film?!











The Chinese girls seem to share a passion for heavy hair pin artillery...


















Though they are not the only ones. Australia's Chloe Sim's liked hers to match her hardware.
















Also, in the effort to keep the hair off the face, out of the chalk and away from the apparatus, the last couple of years has seen a whole lot of forehead.....
































But then there have been the rebels who found a compromise between looking good and spotting the vault coming at them... cute little bangs.





















Of course, at the other, more frightening end of the bangs spectrum is the way-too-much-hairspray-fringe- the fringe that I like to think of as a product of Eastern Europe being left flailing in the dark ages of fashion.... long after everybody else's hair had marched briskly out of the eighties.......























I'm not sure what Australian Monique Allen's excuse was though...










There are those who opted for sensible, no fuss hair.....


























Though they (sometimes thankfully) changed their minds....






















And lets not forget the nineties, that wonderful era where copious amounts of sequins discovered the previously unchartered terrain of leotards, when glitter spray was practically considered a cosmetic...... and best of all..... the giant Scrunchee ruled supreme....



















Then there were those who dared to different with their dreadlocks, with their beehives and their platinum jobs....






















And of course, then there was those who weren't afraid to ask for help....


7 comments:

  1. I have to say, I loved this post, as superficial as the topic is. You really hit the nail on the head, er, hair on all counts.

    I too had noticed the matching hairstyles of the US team. Nastia was in the movie Stick It; perhaps that's where she picked it up!

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  2. Great blog! You missed one though the era in American history of the corn rows/braids, I believe started by the Parkettes Club. That club definitely had something with hair.

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  3. Forehead hair loss is a steroid indicator (not making a specific accusation...just this is a well known issue from other sports.)

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  4. I suspect the chinese love of clips has more to do with thick/superslippery hair than aesthetics (I've got the same texture to my hair, and it's impossible to deal with sometimes)

    Loved the post. We'd noticed the, as one of my friends put it, goofy poof too

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  5. The quiff ponytail that the US team is always sporting is really popular current fashion. I'm pretty sure they didn't get it from a movie that came out (and that they were doubtlessly well aware of) three years ago and then only JUST started doing it.

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  6. I love your posts.

    What about the plain ole ponytails with bangs?


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  7. Oh and you forgot a very important member of the forehead club.... CHELLSIE MEMMEL xD

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