The Blonde “Surfer Girl” Hairstyle
The Beach Boys immortalized her in their 1963 hit, “Surfer Girl,” and in my high school at least, this was the style to aspire to. Long and straight, with or without sideswept bangs, many of us adopted the carefree look of salt- and sun-drenched locks. From Clairol’s “Summer Blonde” ad campaign of the 60s featuring actress-model Andrea Dromm (who starred in the movie, “The Russians are Coming”), young Sue Lyon of “Lolita,” fame, all the way up to Malibu Barbie in 1971, this was one of the most popular looks of the decade (and beyond).
With the advent of the hippies in the latter half of the 60s, many young women chose to lose the “sun-bleached” look in favor of their natural color, albeit with the long straight styles continuing up until the 1970s. This look will always remain with me as the symbol of my first years living on the West Coast.