Latoya Grindley, Staff Reporter
Women's love affair with hair is something that spans centuries. Hairstyles portray the personality and flair of a woman and is seen as a reflection of how much care she invests in her appearance.
There are certain hairstyles that are very popular today, but, according to 25-year veteran stylist Imogene Todd-Watson, today's trends were prominent decades ago.
Todd-Watson, who operates La Femme Jolie, told Flair that many of the hairstyles that are now popular are just neater versions of older styles. "Before they were not so keen on the finishing and so now you find that the styles are more refined and neater," she said
She explains that the more refined versions of today's styles are due to the advances in the hair product industry and the tools now being used.
"Before, if you wanted your hair relaxed, you couldn't style it on the same day. So if you had a function to attend, you would probably have to go a week before to the salon because the strength of the product on the hair would break so many bonds. Now you can relax and style and even colour on the same day. We have really moved to using more hair-friendly products."
As it relates to scalp and hair moisturising products, petroleum-based products were very popular. These came as pomades. But because of the petroleum, Todd-Watson noted, this was unhealthy for the scalp and as such there is shift in the use of pomades. "These would clog the scalp, not allowing it to breathe. So a lot of manufacturers are now going into natural and organic oils."
Oils such as coconut and soy are very popular in hair products today and are much lighter and better suited for the scalp.
Todd-Watson is a veteran in the hair industry, and has served as president of the National Association of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists. As we look back over the last 50 years, Todd-Watson and her team shows off variations of hairstyle trends that have transcended from the 60s to influence modern styles.
Hairstylists: Imogene Todd-WatsonWinsome McLeodNatoya CampbellLa Femme Jolie is located at 14 Dunrobin Plaza Kingston 10. Telephone: firstname.lastname@example.org