In honor of Women’s History Month, we look to the women of our past and present who are making herstory through their actions and their incredible style. Read on and get inspired by these remarkable women who have broken barriers and redefined what it means to be a woman! Plus, get insider tips on how to recreate their styles by ColorProof’s Director of Education, Erica Conan.
Kamala Harris (1964 - )
We all saw the clip of the 49th vice president of the United States standing on a grassy lawn (still in her workout gear), on the phone with President Joe Biden laughing with tired happiness… “We did it. We did it, Joe.” No matter which party you voted for, the world could not deny that this Senator from California broke barriers, becoming the first female vice president and the first African American, Asian American Vice President. A few weeks later, with dignity, grace and an undeniable human touch, she accepted her new role at our country’s capital. With her fabulous blowout, Kamala makes a statement that how she wears her hair is HER choice and every woman can embrace the right to style their own – natural, in braids, blown out, or smooth and straight.
Get Kamala’s Look:
Textured hair holds less moisture than straighter hair patterns, so the first thing you need to incorporate to get that shine and smoothness is a product to lock in moisture. CrazySmooth Extreme Shine Treatment Oil is perfect for achieving Kamala’s sleek look because it can be used on both wet and dry hair. For added lift, control and bounce, try mixing a few drops with ControlCraze Styling Crème. Apply to damp hair and blow dry smooth, with a natural bristle brush to help grab and smooth sections. Focus on warming up the hair as you control the texture pattern, drying completely and cooling before releasing hair from the brush.
Lucille Ball (1911 – 1989)
“Lucy, I’m home….” accompanied by an endless laugh track could be heard in living rooms across the country for decades following I Love Lucy’s debut in 1951. The show centered around Desi and Lucy's marriage, threw American actress Lucille Ball into the limelight. As a comedian, entertainer and businesswoman, Lucille broke barriers for women in the entertainment business, becoming the first woman to own a major studio. Lucy is one of history’s most iconic redheads, and her famous hairstyle was coined “the Poodle,” inspiring women worldwide.
Modernize Lucy’s Look:
Modernize Lucy’s iconic poodle style by embracing your naturally curly texture or adding some iron curls to expand volume. Sweep hair up into 3-4, loose, mohawk style buns, starting at the back curve of your head and ending with one on the top, front of your head for a faux fringe. Shape and pin buns into place to create one unified section. Spray into place with AllAround Color Protect Working Hairspray for long-lasting hold and shine. Add your own flare and throwback to Lucy with a hair accessory like a headband, scarf or brooch. Keep your signature color as eye-catching as Lucy’s red with ColorProof’s color-preserving products for always-fresh, vibrant and shiny hair color.
Reece Witherspoon (1976 - )
Reece stole our hearts as a young teen in her debut in The Man in the Moon and then quickly rose to fame as the lead in films like Cruel Intentions, Sweet Home Alabama and her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, to name a few. Besides pumping out movies and TV shows regularly, Reece owns a clothing company, Draper James, is a mother, producer, and co-founded the media firm Hello Sunshine, which focuses on female-led stories. Her book club alone has over 1.9M followers on Instagram. Over the years, rocking her signature blonde locks, she has kept us endlessly entertained while changing the narrative for women in the modern world.
Get Reece’s Look:
The perfect balance of bombshell and girl-next-door, Reese tends to wear youthful yet luscious waves in her smooth locks. To steal her look, start with a prep product that has memory and soft hold like HeatProof Anti-Frizz Blow Dry Crème to get a shiny, long-lasting finish. Working in sections and using a round style brush, blow dry hair smooth and add a twist to the hair as you release. Let the hair cool completely before running your fingers through it. After hair is fully dry, use a curling iron or flat iron to enhance waves throughout.
Jane Fonda (1937 - )
Jane Fonda started her career as a fashion model and actress; however, her role as a political activist and environmentalist has had the most significant impact on society. Fun fact: in the 1980s, she produced her world-famous Jane Fonda Workout to fund her husband’s organization, the Campaign for Economic Democracy. She has valiantly participated in some of the biggest activist movements of the last half-century. Though she is best known for her controversial connection with the Vietnam War, she has extended her efforts to several other movements, including fighting for civil, women’s and environmental rights.
Get Jane’s Look:
Jane Fonda’s hair story is one of embracing trends, taking risks and true expression. As a hair icon through the decades, she has sported many styles; however, one thing remains consistent: she rocks volume and a fringe like none other! Her go-to airy-volume and side-swept fringe are universally flattering and an easy way to change up your look without affecting your length. LiftIt Color Protect Root Boost Mousse provides the lightweight structure needed to achieve this on your own hair. Spray into damp hair at the root and massage in before using a round brush to blow dry. Lift hair off your scalp in the opposite direction you want it to fall and direct the air of your dryer at the root to encourage volume. Let hair cool and set before releasing to lock in shape.
Meghan Markle (1981 - )
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has intrigued the world since her engagement to Prince Harry, becoming an American member of the British royal family. Mother, former actress and style icon Meghan and husband Prince Harry, defied tradition by stepping down as senior members of the royal family and moving to Southern California to pursue their dreams of supporting philanthropic and creative media ventures. Meghan is committed to an impressive number of charitable causes. She is a former advocate for UN Women, and she has participated with the HeForShe Gender Equality Campaign. In 2016, she became a global ambassador for World Vision Canada and travelled to Rwanda for their Clean Water campaign. Meghan continues to fascinate while tackling her many roles as a woman.
Get Meghan’s Look:
Meghan is famous for her classic, perfectly imperfect hairstyle, whether it’s pulled back into a loose bun or left soft in waves around her face. Expect to see many Meghan-inspired hair trends this spring and summer, especially for bridal looks and upstyles. For a classic bun, spray PowderFix Instant Volume Texture Powder Spray at the roots to create a natural, lived-in texture and avoid looking ‘too-sleek.” Add a center part. Then, pull hair back and pin into a low bun. Leave a few stray tendrils around your face to perfectly match Meghan’s no-fuss image.