It was Mia Farrow’s hairstyles that made her an icon. Sure, Rosemary’s Baby and Hannah and Her Sisters earned the trendy actress a decent reputation some decades ago, but that legacy is fading. Could you have told us Farrow played Rosemary and Hannah before you read the last sentence? That’s what we thought. However, if we’d asked you what a pixie cut was, you would have been all over it. Well, Mia Farrow invented the pixie cut and every other blonde beauty hairstyle other than the Marilyn Monroe coif. For Farrow, it seemed hairstyles were a unique symbol of empowerment. Whether she was growing out her tresses as a young actress or wearing a pixie cut to spite ex-husband Frank Sinatra, Mia made every one of her diverse hairstyles count. Vintage lover or not, anyone can learn from this iconic woman’s style expertise.
Farrow first charmed the world with her intense eyes and gentle hair as a recurring character on this 60s soap opera. With vintage bangs and well-kept strands, she was one of the first girls to tame the long hair of Hippie culture for a more conservative audience.
As she grew into her role as actress and style icon, Farrow left her youthful bangs behind for a more refined part. Remember this little hairstyling tip. If you want to take a few years off your look, take that part and comb it playful down your forehead.
By 21, Farrow had a solid reputation as an up-and-coming actress. That’s when Frank Sinatra asked her to marry him. This relationship temporarily ended her acting career when Sinatra requested she let it go. Instead, Farrow returned to her youthful bangs and tried her hand at modeling. This mod 60s look will fit right in with your 70s chic wardrobe. Let loose and give your hair some freedom.
THE PIXIE CUT
Mia Farrow didn’t remain the girlish housewife Sinatra wanted her to be for long. After trying to find fulfillment as a model for two years, she left that life and dove back into the world of Hollywood in 1968. It was this renewed commitment to her career that inspired the first memorable pixie cut. Though the look became synonymous with Farrow’s films ’68 films, this look was really the actress’s own personal stance against being boxed in.
The most famous of Mia Farrow’s hairstyles didn’t debut in Rosemary’s Baby, but due to the film’s iconic status that’s how most people remember it. What’s more important is how you wear this famous haircut. Use it to top off your vintage garb or try it for a striking addition to your semi-formal and formal wardrobe. A pixie cut can be both futuristic and retro, a combination that is definitely worth exploring in 2017.
After Rosemary’s Baby, Farrow really took on the mod 60s and donned a long brunette wig with blunt bangs. This is one of the looks where the finer details of her hairstyling shine through. While Mia’s Peyton Place bangs hung freely and curled up slightly at the ends, her 1968 wig was an artificial product of the sexual revolution. If you play the game right, it turns out hair can indeed by sensual.
After those dark locks, Mia began to explore with more decadent hairstyles. She grew out her hair in the back to balance those blunt mod 60s bangs and create a sort of mullet for 1972’s Scoundrel in White, but ultimately it was the gorgeous curls from her turn in The Great Gatsby that caught on. Inspiring one of the first vintage style crazes, curls really took off for both Farrow and the early 80s.
Curls are where Mia Farrow ended her hairstyle prowess. It wasn’t a fall from the spotlight. She simply found the look she wanted to stick with. To this day, she plays with various levels of frizzy locks and wavy tresses while going about her work as an activist and actress. 1982 is where those curls were at their most iconic, in the fields of Woody Allen’s A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy.
If you want to top your contemporary 70s chic with a perfect balance of youth and style, Mia Farrow’s hairstyles hold the key. Let her be your hairstyling muse. When a woman can spite Frank Sinatra and starts a beauty trend in the process, you can be pretty sure she knows what she’s doing.
— Timothy Vest