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Huffington Post- Gina Rivera ‘Cinema’ Season

The past is a great place to find something new.

Take a seat in my salon and let’s play “cinema time machine.”

We’re headed back to the ’90s. Meg Ryan has already made it big in box office bonanzas When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. Then, in 1997, she did one of my favorites, Addicted to Love.

Let me clarify. I am a chronic hair watcher and I loved Ryan’s pixie in that pic and make no apologies for the predictable storyline which, truth be told, I also loved. She was great in these romantic comedy dramas but let us not digress.

The hair’s the thing, and the point is this: Ryan’s hair style in this movie was great and could easily be the next thing we see again in pixies. When this came out we were emerging from the longer, bigger hair of the ’80s. Ryan’s cut was edgy with some pretty sharp color transitions, and it was piecey and shattered. Really strong and feminine.

The other point: hair styles never die. They go away for a while like Michelle Pfeiffer’s in Dangerous Minds. By this time, 1995, Pfeiffer had already scored big in Scarface, Dangerous Liaisons and as Catwoman in Batman Returns. In Dangerous Minds she played a tough Marine-turned-teacher determined to reach these bright kids in a disadvantaged school … NOT a great movie but, remember, we’re talking about hair. She had a classy, soft, layered bob, probably used a big-barrel curling iron to get this look with the wave at the ends.

We could almost wear that cut anytime and anywhere: perfect for the board room, elegant for a gown with spaghetti straps, easy to pull back in a ponytail with bangs for a workout, timelessly natural coloring.

One more! Then I want to hear your favorite hairstyles in movies. Add to comments below. Help me write this. Think “90s” and we’ll do other decades in other columns.

Ashley Judd had a lot of great looks in the ’90s, from her more geometric bobs in Double Jeopardy, Kiss the Girl and Heat all the way down to a short pixie in High Crimes, 2002 (venturing just beyond the ’90s). And she looks great in mocha brown and caramel blondes. That was more than one hairstyle. I Love Ashley Judd acting and hair.

We’re currently in a trend of natural colors with soft transitions, lots of waves and curls but also a broad spectrum of pixie styles. That was then and this is now, but all of these hairstyles would look great on the street today. The past is a great place to find something ‘new’ and the movies provide a great resource for searching.

As always, be open to change!