Friday, 12 February 2010

Hair History... Gwen Stefani

Ok so this is going to be another of my 'regular' topics. A hair history on someone famous, charting their hair journey, the good, the bad, and even the ugly!

To start this off, a lady most of us know, Gwen Stefani.

Bouncing onto the scene in the early 90's, her hair in the video for 'Don't Speak' was pretty simple, middle parted, blonde, and mid length. The promo shots for Tragic Kingdom, showed beautiful finger waves, slightly slicked away from the face flowing into tight curls around the longer length. Girly, but with an air of punk about her. The experimentation grew, Gwen changed from the blonde to Blue, and shocking Pink for the release of the bands album
'Return of Saturn'

Gwen went for long and sleek in 2001, I personally think her face is too small for this amount of hair, it swamps her. The parting is still on the side and the front of the hair hasn't changed too much over the years.

One look that Gwen made her own and I think most people think of when they think of her is the quiff. Any size & shape, this look was featured heavily in most of the 'Rock Steady' promo (2001)
Along with the trademark Red lipstick and perfect abs. The long hair was still there, but scraped back into a ponytail.

She reworked the quiff in 2006, adding a 40's element. I think this is a beautiful look for her, showing off her features perfectly.

One fail safe style shown overtime has always been 40's styling, pin curls, finger waves & loose barrel curls, often pinned away from the face. These came back into favour with Gwen around 2006/7 after a short dalliance with a heavy fringe to promote her solo album 'Love. Angel. Music. Baby'. Which whilst suiting her didn't stay for long and the side fringe returned.

And to the present, Gwen really rocks curls. Her hair is still Blonde, I don't think that'll ever change (sources say she's not been her natural colour since 9th grade - how old is that American followers?!)
Most upto date picture of Gwen is her appearance at NY Fashion week. And how amazing does her hair look. She's toyed with curls on and off through the years but I think she's got it right this time. Great length and amazing volume.

Any celebs you'd like to see, past hair and present?
And do you think Gwen has reached her hair peak?


  1. What a great post, Kel! The 40's waves look so good on her but I did think those little plaits she wore on "Don't Speak" were super-cute.
    Lets see some Madonna next - she's completely transformed her look over the years!

  2. Love Gwen's hair/style. Definately think she rocks the Quiff the best!
    I think Madonna or Victoria Beckham should be next - looking forward to it!
    Have a good weekend!
    Claire xx

  3. Great post Kel, can't wait to see the next in the series. I love Gwen's hair in the last photo but the 40's style quiff is just fabulous. Can't think of many people who could carry it off as well as she does.

    Drew Barrymore maybe? She's changed styles and colours a fair amount.

  4. She's a girl who knows her style, right? Great feature!

  5. Total hair envy. I love Gwen - I did the quiff on a daily basis after the Blow Your Mind video with Eve! I might go for this shade of platinum blonde next time - what do you think, oh hair guru? xx

  6. I so loved "Don't Speak" such a cool song. I think this album is still great. Gwen Stefani is absolutely ingenious

  7. Lovely blog! :D

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  8. Thanks guy, I really enjoyed doing this kind of post - love a bit of research. Geek!! :)
    Madonna next then!

    Jen, do it, but may I suggest, maybe just the longer lengths, couple of foils through the front? thick or even in the underneath to show through in flashes? I think with the recent red lippie you were rocking we'd have a mini Stefani blogger! :)

    X x

  9. she's definitely one of the best people who can rock platinum blonde!



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