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For women, stylists, Fawcett's style was groundbreaking

Lioness. Beach girl. Bombshell. All of these labels could easily refer to one of Farrah Fawcett's most distinctive attributes . . . her hair. That dark blonde feathered mane, just messy enough to imply a bedroom romp, indelibly changed hair fashion. Fawcett's signature 'do was created by Los Angeles stylist Allen Edwards, who still owns two salons in the area. He recalled being introduced to Fawcett by Jane Brolin, then the wife of James Brolin (now married to Barbra Streisand). Fawcett wanted her long, one-length hair to look fuller, said Edwards in a recent interview. "I invented a way to do it without rollers," he said. The famously layered cut with the swept-back sides helped launch the era of blow drying. "I used a roller brush, dried her hair 85 percent and clipped it away from her face," said Edwards. "Run your fingers through it after it dries and there's the Farrah." It changed his career. "I had women lined up 10-deep outside the salon to get Farrah hair," he said. "The hair became more famous than her and in the end, she started resenting it." With millions of women copying the wing-back style, hairdressers on Long Island felt the impact. "We made a ton of money with Farrah Fawcett's hair," said Richard Calcasola, owner of Maximus salons in Westbury and Merrick. "It caused a dramatic change in the industry," he said. "We gave up rollers. In one day we pulled out 25 of those old-fashioned hair dryers and replaced them with blow dryers and curling irons." The style was popular, said Calcasola, because it flattered so many women. "It was tousled, bedroomy looking, beachy," he said, adding that it also "drove women into the color department to go blond." And more than 30 years later, he and others think the style is returning. "It keeps coming back," said Edwards, pointing to Madonna's layered style. Months before Fawcett's death, nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset developed a new advertising campaign for spring described by stylist Jamie Mazzei as "a modern-age Farrah Fawcett, medium length, loose waves and very new, but she was part of the inspiration for it." Sayid Mazzei, "Her haircut defined an era. It took hair from stiff to free, out of rollers and gave women coming out of the '70s a new sense of freedom. For my generation and forward, that probably was the most important haircut ever." Maximus' Calcasola summed it up. "It was the haircut seen 'round the world, and maybe the sexiest haircut of all time."


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