Since ancient times, women have used flowers to adorn their hair, and to signal their “availability” to marry. (In Polynesia, for example, a woman shows she’s single by wearing flower behind her left ear. A flower worn behind the right ear means that you’re married or engaged.) In recent years, the neo-hippie crowd that frequent music festivals like Coachella have taken to wearing crowns of flowers in their hair — think Vanessa Hudgens for example, who frequently embraces a “Boho” look.
Here’s a look at some famous blooming flower hairstyles the “trend” that refuses to go away …
1. Frida Kahlo’s Glorious Floral Headpiece
Frida Kahlo made the floral headpiece her signature look. In photograph after photograph, she’s shown wearing a variety of interpretations. Today, the look has been copied by the likes of Kate Moss, Karlie Kloss and Beyonce, one of the biggest trend setters of modern times.
2. The Flower Child
During much of the 60’s and into the early 70’s, the hippie scene embraced the idea of the flower child. Women wore flowers in their hair as a symbol of “flower power”, the slogan of the times that used flowers to represent the concept of peace and love in the era of the hugely unpopular Vietnam War.
3. The Classic Hawaiian Haku (Crown of Flowers)
Hawaiian natives wore beautiful crowns of native flowers in their hair called hakus. The haku was particularly striking against the sleek dark hair of native Hawaiian women, who often wore them along with classic leis. It wasn’t only women who wore hakus — little girls frequently wore them as well. The tradition goes on today at performances of the traditional “hula” dance and at festivals throughout the Hawaiian Islands, as well as being extremely popular with Hawaiian brides.
Floral “crown” flower hairstyles are still popular today, especially among brides and their wedding parties. But you don’t have to be a bride or a bridesmaid to wear flowers in your hair. A simple flower behind the ear, tiny blooms woven into a braid or an updo or even a not-too-flashy floral crown are entirely appropriate for any fancy dress-up occasion!