A trip through 25 years of Hair

Detour Salon is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 5th annual Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show, which will showcase 25 years of diverse and unique fashions of local retailers. To put a hair perspective on this fun filled night, I went to the main Detour Salon in Encinitas to find a hair historian. What I found at Detour Encinitas was a hair historian and more in Jeff Albert. I would describe Jeff as somewhat of a hair guru, to be exact. He has been in the industry for 25 years, starting out in the early 1980s in New Jersey. So he would be perfect to guide us on our journey through 25 years of hair history.

Jeff began by scaring me and telling me that the 80s were back. My mind was instantly filled with visions of women with bangs so high they would need building permits, huge spiral perms, and beauty supply stores filled with cans of Aqua Net. Jeff must have seen the look of horror in my face. He soothed me by explaining that the 80s were back in the sense that volume in hair was back. I was greatly relieved to hear that! He went on to say that curly hair was also quite the thing to have as well. A product that he was styling his client’s with again was mousse. The only difference between mousse in the 80s and mousse now is it is more moisturizing. It doesn’t leave the hair feeling crunchy.

From the 1980s big hair, we moved into the 90s where things took on a whole different look. The early 1990s were defined by asymmetrical cuts at first. Then came the dawn of the glamazons, the supermodels took the scene. Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer all came on to the scene and with them came some serious hair. Those women had lush, luxurious locks cascading everywhere. It wasn’t curly hair, but straight, thick, and very healthy.

After the supermodels, Jeff told me, came Kate Moss and with her “heroin chic”. This doesn’t seem to be the best time in hair history according to Jeff, due to the fact that well, it does look like what Kate Moss needed to do to her hair was to wash it!

So Jeff and I moved our journey through hair history on to the 2000s. Upon entering the early 2000s, Jeff told me he found that time very non-descriptive, as if society was trying to find its collective identity. As the 2000s progressed, Jeff watched as people wanted to restrict their hair, especially with harsh straighteners like the Brazilian straightening treatments. Now that these straightening treatments have been found to be highly toxic, so many people have embraced their natural hair type and their natural color.

As for the current styles, Jeff made me laugh when he described it as “pirate hair”. When I asked him to elaborate on what “pirate hair” was. He told me that he sees a lot of girls and women with little twists or side braids in their hair and he said that would be what pirates would wear in their hair. Now this blogger isn’t sure about that, but I’m going to give him credit for a great imagination and for being an excellent tour guide through 25 years of hair.

If you are looking for a fun filled night and a great way to support your community, then the Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show is for you. Here is all the information you need:

What: 5th Annual Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show

When: Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Where: Encinitas Community & Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

Tickets: $25 GA or $40 Reserved Seat, Drink & Swag Bag


Detour Salon

594 S. Coast Hwy 101,

Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone. 760.634.1999

Fax. 760.634.2299



142 University Ave Suite B,

San Diego, CA 92103

Phone. (619) 297-9000