Are you aspiring to come up with an empowering up-do like the US first lady hairstyles? Here’s a breakdown of the hair history of ALL the US first ladies we look up to from then ’til now.
US First Ladies were known to be the voices of women throughout history. They’ve engaged themselves in empowering not just their persona but the people around them, too. This is one of the reasons why many people look up to them. But aside from being the epitome of courage among women, US first ladies were also admired because of their preferences in style. And speaking of style, their iconic hairstyles are something worthy to talk about as well.
–This post was originally written in Hair Style Mania and shared with permission–
First lady hairstyles show class and empowerment. What I love most about the US First Ladies is that they’ve broken women stereotypes the best way possible. Sarah Polk was known as the writer behind all of James Polk’s inspiring speeches. Edith Wilson took over his husband’s presidency Woodrow Wilson when he suffered a stroke during his term. (She was disliked for it but she kept on going) Hillary Clinton directed policies, became the head of Task Force on National Healthcare, was part of Barack Obama’s Secretary of state, and is now running for the presidency herself. Talk about serious #goals, am I right?
You might be thinking they did all of that with exposed dark eye circles, untucked shirts, and knotted hair. NOT AT ALL. Despite their busy schedule, they kept their beauty in check–which makes me love them even more! They have remained powerful, both as first ladies and style icons.
Now it’s time to see which hairstyle they sported throughout their reign. Check out this cool infographic that shows First Lady hairstyles from Martha Washington, all the way to Michelle Obama:
1. Martha Washington
Hair accessories were all the rage when Martha Washington was first lady. The lilac color matches her eyes perfectly.
2. Abigail Adams
It’s highly possible that Abigail Adams started the loose up-do trend among first lady hairstyles. This swept-back hairstyle frames her face really well.
3. Martha Jefferson
Martha Jefferson continued the trend of first lady hairstyles with curls.
4. Dolley Madison
This up-do is chic and neat, but it still shows off Dolley Madison’s curls perfectly.
5. Elizabeth Monroe
Obsessed with the cloth headband trend? Take inspiration from Elizabeth Monroe.
6. Louisa C. Adams
Louisa Adams took the hair accessory to a whole new level with this lavish, feathery hairstyle.
7. Rachel Jackson
Rachel Jackson opted for dainty lace to go with her hairstyle.
8. Hannah Van Buren
Taking inspiration from previous first lady hairstyles, Hannah Van Buren goes for a classic up-do with short, curly bangs.
9. Anna Harrison
Not to be left behind in the accessories department, Anna Harrison finished off her up-do with a feminine red ribbon.
10. Letitia Tyler
Letitia Tyler marked the start of clean up-dos for first lady hairstyles. Her center part and high up-do was on-trend at the time.
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