American Hustle Hair: A Glam Guide to '70s Hairstyles

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Anyone who's seen American Hustle can't really argue over the identity of the movie's real star. True, the performances are amazing —and surely Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence are headed for the Oscar acceptance platform. But, outside of Bradley Cooper's magical man-perm, the best performance in that film? Amy Adams' hair.
That mane of magical goodness took on so many personalities we're sure it had to be medicated post filming, as she and Bale planned, schemed, and pretty much threw down the '70s style to award-winning perfection. We're not denying that her sick wardrobe isn't worthy of an accolade here, but there's no denying that her hair is the breakaway star of the film. See also: Why is there no Oscar for hair? Sorry, digressing.
Adams' dazzling 'dos were like a greatest hits' montage of the '70s most iconic hairstyles, which started the wheels turning of all the hair icons of that bygone era and sparked so many amazing looks that hair mavens still turn to them as references today. And, trust us, it pays to go retro. Because, let's face it: When you want to show up somewhere making sure you're wearing a look that nobody else is wearing, go vintage. Stylists know this trick for the red carpet, and it's even more fun on us real folks in real life.
We called on celebrity hairstylist and colorist Harry Josh, to help us make sense of these historical manes and how to get those styles today."The '70s were really all about four distinct personalities," says Josh. "It was either chic bohemian straight, punk, sex bomb, or disco." We've pulled some of our favorite icons from all those styles, so let's steal a bit of their mojo for today. Whether you go hippie straight like Cher, punk like Debbie Harry, or all foxy like Pam Grier, it's time to get your hair hustle on.
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Photo: Courtesy of Chrysalis Records.
Debbie Harry
Let's start with the princess of punk. Blondie's front woman famously got her name from her two-tone platinum mane, which was brown in back because she couldn't reach that part of her hair. "All the breakage is what makes it look cool," says Josh. "Most girls with platinum hair can attest to the chemical haircut: It creates a halo of rock 'n' roll layers that are broken and torn."
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Photo: Barneys New York.
We really, really don't recommend chemically baking your hair to get Harry's layers; haircuts are so much easier in the long run. Along with tons of varied layers in your cut, get your hands on volumizing spray. Aim it directly at the roots, then use your fingers to tousle your hair into Harry's amped-up CBGB-approved coiff.
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Photo: Ernest Allen/Associated /REX USA.
Diana Ross
Known as "The Boss," the former Supreme rocked a multitude of looks throughout the era, but we're captivated by the curls in this photo, which could evolve into a better hair day for over a week. "Since this type of hair never gets oily, you could go up to 10 full days without messing with it," he says. "The style would just evolve as the curls loosened and the shape evolved every day." A style that gets better over a week? Sold.
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Small-barrel curling irons like this one can be used to either create a volume-packed curly style such as Diana's, or to perfect the curls of an already-coiled coiff. Josh advises drying hair with a diffuser to keep natural volume at the roots, then to use the curling iron on 1/2" to 1" sections, winding each piece tightly around the barrel. Next, slide the barrel out to keep the curl in tact. Repeat until your entire head is done, then shape the style with your fingers — no finishing spray needed.
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Jerry Hall
The Texan supermodel had a legendary mane powerful enough to ensnare a few rock stars and tons of magazine covers. "She was famous for never cutting layers into her hair," says Josh. Yep, folks, that shape is all regular end trims, no advanced techniques necessary. Let us feast upon its magnificent glow.
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Photo: Harry Josh Pro Tools.
In order to get Hall's halo of hallowed strands, you'll need a loving hair-care routine and a hair dryer with enough chutzpah to kick up the volume. This powerful dryer can give you sleek strands or serious lift with just a flick of its ion switch. It's worth the money, trust.

Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000, $250, available at Hair Envy.
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Photo: Rex USA.
Farrah Fawcett
People, THIS is the '70s style that launched a million posters and inspired a decade of copycats. The Charlie's Angels star's flipped-out style was made even more marvelous by her own natural texture. "Her hair was actually curly, and the look was achieved by this very thick, layered cut coupled with blowing and curling her hair away from her face," says Josh.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sephora.
The key to getting Fawcett's sexy '70s volume is adding as much air to the root as possible and keeping it there. In order to get the-higher-the-hair-the-closer-to-God lift, go for this mousse that can help those roots reach for the sky. Farrah's voluminous curls were such a success because her hair was naturally curly. Blow your hair out with a round brush, then bump the hair from midlengths to ends with a large-barrel curling iron or ribbon curl your strands with a flat iron. Just be sure to curl away from the face: It's the key to this sex-bomb style.
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The TV singing-and-comedy sensation's hair was famously achieved by rather drastic measures. "She used to actually iron her hair on an ironing board to get it that straight and smooth," Josh says. Luckily, now we have, you know, flat irons for that, but talk about dedication...
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Photo: Courtesy of John Frieda.
Clearly, in the age of blowouts and flat irons, we know how to achieve smooth Cher hair, but the trick is keeping it that way. Josh advises giving your 'do a shot of a heat-activated straightening spray. "The spray is activated by the heat of the flat iron to actually seal in the straight style," advises Josh. Three days of sleek strands? Um, yes, please.
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Photo: Moviestore Collection/REX USA.
Pam Grierr
One of the most influential actresses of her time, the '70s action star brought Black Power to the cinema and further punctuated women's claim to their own unrelaxed, natural beauty. Right on, right on.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sephora.
"The key is in the haircut," advises Josh. "With unrelaxed, completely natural hair, you want a cut that's completely round with no angles so you can pull it out into a rounded shape." Girls with natural curls also know hydration is key to maintaining a perfectly foxy texture, which is easily achieved with a moisturizing hair oil to keep hair supple and healthy.
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Photo: Paul Fievez/Associated N/REX USA.
Bianca Jagger
Another one who stopped Mick Jagger in his tracks, Nicaraguan beauty became a jet-setting style icon, remaining famous even after her famous Stone had rolled on. The woman rode into her Studio 54 birthday party on a white horse like Lady Godiva; we still wanna be her.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sephora.
If your hair wants its own Studio 54 nightlife look, go for ample volume at the roots and a gorgeous blown-back blowout for hair with moves like Jagger's. "Bianca's hair was always very styled, very glamorous. A good volumizing product sprayed into the hair will prep the look, then blow the hair backward with a round brush for weightless body," advises Josh.
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Photo: Courtesy of Casablanca Records.
Donna Summer
The disco queen had hair for days, and the original "Bad Girl" owes her gorgeous mane to layers of nighttime-lovin' lift. "Curly girls can add lots of layers around their face to get this style, so the curls stack in a different way [rather] than just straight out or vertically," advises Josh.
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Photo: Courtesy of Moroccanoil.
In order to boogie down without worrying that your curls look busted, be sure to hydrate your coiled style with a curl cream that loads them with hydrating goodness while it seals in the shape. This one should do the trick.
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