If there’s one thing all US first ladies have, aside from being strong women, is that they’ve all done amazing things in style. That includes the iconic hairstyles they’ve had throughout hair history. Now we break down all first lady hairstyles for you. After all, they’re women we look up to. Read on for a complete hair history of first lady hairstyles.
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?
A Complete History Of First Lady Hairstyles
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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:
Keep scrolling to take a closer look at each of these first lady hairstyles:
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.
11. Julia Tyler
Julia Tyler opted for a dainty hair accessory to match the rest of her jewelry.
12. Sarah Polk
Barrel curls and a center part were trendy hairstyles when Sarah Polk was first lady.
13. Margaret Taylor
Center-parted hairstyles were go-to first lady hairstyles, even for Margaret Taylor.
14. Abigail Fillmore
First lady hairstyles were all about bonnets during Abigail Fillmore’s time. Hers had feminine flowers and a soft, shiny bow.
15. Jane M. Pierce
A curled up-do and a stylish bonnet gave Jane M. Pierce an all-American hairstyle.
16. Mary Todd Lincoln
Could this be the predecessor of the flower crown? Considering that first lady hairstyles were super stylish, it’s possible.
17. Eliza Johnson
Eliza Johnson probably look inspiration from Rachel Jackson’s lace bonnet. She paired it with a wavy up-do and a center part, staple elements of first lady hairstyles during the time.
18. Julia Grant
Julia Grant skipped the cloth bonnets and accessories so she could show off the intricate details of her up-do.
19. Lucy Webb Hayes
Lucy Hayes upgraded her up-do with not just one, but two buns!
20. Lucretia Garfield
Lucretia Garfield continues the string of first lady hairstyles with intricate details. She’s got cropped, curly bangs and barrel curls in her up-do.
21. Ellen Arthur
Ellen Arthur goes for a more casual yet girly look with a braided bun.
22. Frances Cleveland
Like any woman, Frances Cleveland loved to dress up. Her formal up-do was perfect for hosting parties at the White House.
23. Caroline Harrison
Caroline Harrison broke away from the tight, up-do first lady hairstyles with more relaxed, loose curls.
24. Ida McKinley
Frizzy hair can be beautiful, too! Ida McKinley’s frizzy up-do has an effortless feel.
25. Edith Roosevelt
One thing we’ve learned from first lady hairstyles? Up-dos, like this one on Edith Roosevelt, were meant for show-stopping accessories.
26. Helen Taft
Helen Taft brought lots of volume to her up-do.
27. Ellen Wilson
Like Helen Taft, Ellen Wilson also went for a voluminous up-do.
28. Edith Wilson
While first lady hairstyles before hers went for dainty white accessories, Edith Wilson chose a chic black fascinator to go with her up-do.
29. Florence Harding
Florence Harding was the epitome of 1920s glamour with this wavy up-do.
30. Grace Coolidge
Grace Coolidge had a more laid-back version of Florence Harding’s hairstyle, but with the same amount of glamour.
31. Lou Hoover
Lou Hoover’s center part and tousled up-do was definitely a homage to many first lady hairstyles before her time.
32. Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt kept the trending center part, but emphasized her gorgeous curls even more.
33. Bess Truman
Bess Truman’s barrel curls kept her hairstyle youthful and stylish.
34. Mamie Eisenhower
Another example of youthful first lady hairstyles, Mamie Eisenhower went for curls and pinned back buns.
35. Jacqueline O. Kennedy
First lady Jacqueline Kennedy was arguably one of the most influential style icons not only among first ladies, but of her time. When she wasn’t sporting her iconic bob, she experimented with different looks and hairstyles like this one she wore for a Vogue photo shoot.
36. Lady Bird Johnson
By the time Lady Bird Johnson was first lady, up-dos were replaced by short, voluminous bobs.
37. Pat Nixon
Pat Nixon added a curly twist to big hair trends of the late ’60s and ’70s.
38. Betty Ford
Not a single strand of hair was out of place in Betty Ford’s picture-perfect hairstyle.
39. Rosalynn Carter
Rosalynn Carter added some length to the first lady hairstyles before hers. The result was a classy short hairstyle.
40. Nancy Reagan
Nancy Reagan was an all-around glamor girl known for her elegant sense of style. Did you know that she redecorated the White House and started the “Just Say No” drug awareness campaign? The American actress and first lady opted for an even shorter hairstyle, which made her look young and fresh.
41. Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush worked for family literacy, raised funds for the White House, and wrote a children’s book. Like past first lady hairstyles, Barbara Bush kept her hair big and voluminous, but short and neat.
42. Hillary Clinton
Hilary was a First Lady who took public policy matters in her own hands. Like a true boss, Hilary Clinton ushered in the new millennium with a chic boy cut. She’s grown her hair a bit longer since then, but like other modern first ladies, she’s always kept it short.
43. Laura Bush
Laura Bush prioritized education and child development and became an honorary ambassador for the United Nations’ Decade of Literacy. She went for an updated version of Barbara Bush’s hair. She looked modern and chic, but still American classic.
44. Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama was a lawyer, writer, and the first African-American First Lady in history. She spread woman empowerment like confetti and worked towards a healthier and better lifestyle for everyone in America. (I mean, look at those arms.) She has one of the longest first lady hairstyles we’ve seen in years. Her shoulder-length hair has luxurious waves and trendy side swept bangs.
Now that you’ve seen the hairstyles of first ladies, this video by Modern Mom lets you in on their fashion and beauty:
First ladies are powerful, strong, and beautiful women who used their position to do great things. On top of that, they were also trendsetters when it came to hairstyles. Which of these first lady hairstyles was your favorite?
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