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  • <b>Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes</b><br><br />
Marilyn Monroe’s character in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes turned her into the ultimate blonde bombshell who dominated the Old Hollywood era. Her light strands continue to inspire trends today. “The color really takes this look to the next level,” according to Ryan.
  • <b>Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), Breakfast at Tiffany’s</b><br><br />
According to Ryan, “This classic, timeless updo is the epitome of grace and beauty. The world was lucky enough to have a woman such as Audrey Hepburn, who displayed class and elegance to the highest degree.” Her role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was beloved, but it was her infamous updo that continues to be emulated today.
  • <b>Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor), Cleopatra</b><br><br />
“The sleek severity of this cut was seriously sharp and fierce,” Ryan says. “It was a very confident image.” The late Elizabeth Taylor left her mark in Hollywood cinema and impacted the beauty world with a style that continues to inspire modern cuts.
  • <b>Carol Brady (Florence Henderson), The Brady Bunch</b><br><br />
Florence Henderson’s Carol Brady knew how to balance domestic life as a mother of six while looking so put-together. The blonde shag, coupled with the occasional hair flips, became a popular style for both working women and stay-at-home moms. “This cut was short and sassy…the look of an independent woman,” Ryan says
  • <b>Mary Richard (Mary Tyler Moore), The Mary Tyler Moore Show</b><br><br />
Mary Tyler Moore displayed class and sophistication—she was the ideal woman for a new generation. “This perfectly styled hairstyle was iconic for the career women of the ‘60s,” Ryan notes. “It was sharp, pulled-together and professional, but still pretty.”
  • <b>Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett), Charlie’s Angels</b><br><br />
Farrah Fawcett’s tousled, feathered hairstyle is one of the most popular looks in entertainment. “Sexy and voluminous, this iconic look was a soft and feminine transition into the ‘70s,” Ryan explains. Many starlets have given their own modern interpretation, but the ‘do will always be associated with this Charlie’s Angels beauty.
  • <b>Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad), The Cosby Show</b><br><br />
Phylicia Rashad’s The Cosby Show character, Clair Huxtable, was the epitome of perfection. Her hairstyle appeared effortless. “Her chic and stylish cut offered a great option in hairstyles for the modern woman,” Ryan states.
  • <b>Peg Bundy (Katey Sagal), Married with Children</b><br><br />
Married with Children’s Peg Bundy flaunted bright red, sky-high locks that perfectly matched her big personality.  “It was a total ‘80s hairdo with a ton of height and hairspray! This was a fun look during that decade. Very ‘go big or go home!’” Ryan recalls.
  • <b>Dylan McKay (Luke Perry), Beverly Hills, 90210 </b><br><br />
Ladies swooned over Beverly Hills, 90210 bad boy, Dylan McKay, who strutted around campus with a casual but edgy attitude and the slick hair and sideburns to match. “A modern interpretation of a ‘50s style, this was a tough guy, ‘too cool to care’ look that boomed in the ‘90s,” Ryan explains.
  • <b>Molly Jensen (Demi Moore), Ghost </b><br><br />
Bucking the popular big hair trend of the 1980s, Demi Moore’s character in the 1990 film Ghost introduced an ultra-short blunt pixie cut. The hair was trimmed at the sides, with the crown portion cut in angled layers, which added both height and volume to the style.
  • <b>Will Smith (Will Smith), Fresh Prince of Bel Air</b><br><br />
Will Smith’s flat top was one of the most buzzed-about looks during the ‘90s. The fade became popular after he debuted the laid-back look on the TV hit show Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Ryan comments, “Reminiscent of the days of Kid-n-Play, this style had a bad, edgy vibe. For the times, this was the cool look to have.
  • <b>Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) , Pulp Fiction</b><br><br />
The short bob exemplified a powerful and strong woman, and Uma Thurman’s character in 1994’s Pulp Fiction showed us who was boss. “An edgy style derived from a simple cut made this look an easy yet fashion‐worthy option,” Ryan says.
  • <b>Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Friends</b><br><br />
“The Rachel,” created by hairstylist Chris McMillan, became a staple in the beauty world after its 1994 debut on Friends. Aniston’s mid-length, layered bob became one of the most requested looks in salons across the country as America fell deeper in love with this adorable friend. “This was a very attainable “girl next door” style,” says celebrity hairstylist Ryan Nickulas. “Everyone wanted to look like her.”
  • <b>Felicity Porter (Keri Russell), Felicity</b><br><br />
The ‘90s hit show Felicity gave curly girls a character to be proud of – and straight-haired girls a look to crave. The perm became a new fan favorite for those daring enough to try something completely out of the box and became relatable to those who already had them. “Keri wore tight spirals that curly-haired girls could connect to,” Ryan says.
  • <b>Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Sex and the City</b><br><br />
Sex & the City’s Carrie Bradshaw was the premier “It” girl, possessing a wardrobe to die for and attention-grabbing curls. “Women all over aspired to have these soft and romantic waves,” says Ryan. “They looked effortless and beautiful. Her often-visible roots added to the casual vibe.”<br />
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Reel to Reality

Celebrities play a pivotal role in setting trends in beauty and fashion, not only as they walk the red carpet but also through the roles they play on tv and in the movies. Many of the most popular styles of the past several decades have been taken directly from iconic on-screen characters, with women and men across the country requesting to look like their favorite stars.

We talked to NYC-based stylist and salon owner Ryan Nickulas, whose stellar resume includes editorial work with publications such as Cosmopolitan, Nylon and Glamour, to create a retrospective of actors and actresses whose hair-raising statements left a mark in the beauty world. – Anne Rivera

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