Top 10 Iconic Hair Looks of the Decade

Mon, 31 October 2011 8:00AM

2011 is Brad Ngata Hair Direction’s tenth anniversary and I wanted to mark this milestone in our company by throwing a really cool event for our clients and partners. Over the past decade we have amassed a loyal following and really the celebration is for them – without the support of my clients I wouldn’t still be in business!

Brad Ngata

So on Saturday 8th October, we opened the doors of The Standard in Surry Hills, a cool New York loft style venue, with guests greeted by bar staff (styled in my signature Ray Bans and bowtie) to have drinks on us to celebrate. The whole room was styled with metallic ‘10’ balloons and a 6x4m projection screen looping a showreel of my work over the years – it was very Warhol’s Factory.

I re-created an iconic moment from a Hair Expo performance with the help of burlesque dancers, Michael Boyd and Ame Delves, but the night was all about music and I was honoured to have Sneaky Sound System as my special guests, who flew straight from a gig in Melbourne to perform for an hour. We also had an amazing line-up of DJs including The Faders and Marc Thilbault (after Sneaky played, I hit the decks myself to play my favourite 80’s electronica) and one of my old staff members treated us to her rock chick band, Cooper Read, who played Gaga covers for us.

Brad Ngata

Ten years is an amazing thing to celebrate with my team and of course the love of my life, Glenn Chaplin, the powerhouse of our company. Dreams really do come true!

So let’s look back on the past decade of hair and see who’s worthy of a mention in my Top 10 Iconic Hair Looks:

The beginning of the tone-on-tone colour trend that Beyonce rocked out when she went solo

Britney Spears, the all-American blonde teenager made hair extensions famous – ‘til she very publicly shaved them off… Oh no she didn’t… Oh yes she did!

J-Lo showed Latin American sass by doing tonal block colour in chocolate and caramel. Her ever changing styling brought back high octane glamour

The Olsen twins have very cool textured hair with fantastic balayage work and sparked a global trend by not brushing their hair

Julia Roberts looked stunning at the Academy Awards, where she not only won an Oscar, but her fabulous chocolate brown hair became the most requested shade

Angelina – one word. HOT.

Victoria Beckham sparked a global trend, bringing back the graduated bob – coined the ‘Pob’

Nicole Richie made the boho deluxe hairstyle a fave for the beauty and fashion crowd

Kim Kardashian is famous for her big butt and her locks. She inspired the big blowout and is the sex kitten of reality TV

Lady Gaga – the hair god made avant-garde mainstream

What’s your favourite hair looks for the decade?

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  • Posted by: zoeeangelaa Master Fan // Mon, 31 October 2011 08:38am

    That sounds like a great way to celebrate a tenth anniversary :)

    I love Megan Gale’s hair, its just perfect!

    I also think Blake Lively’s blonde hair is fabulous, not so keen on her red hair. Leighton Meester’s brunette hair always looks has lovely. Can’t tell I’ve been watching Gossip Girl, can you?

  • Posted by: zoeeangelaa Master Fan // Mon, 31 October 2011 08:39am

    *looks lovely.

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Mon, 31 October 2011 09:10am

    I always like JLo’s hair – it always looks healthy with lots of volume – she’s got the hair I want!

  • Posted by: emilylauren Devotee // Mon, 31 October 2011 09:44am

    I honestly cant go past Victoria Beckham, I have always loved her hair! I’m currently loving J-Lo’s hair. Their my two picks :)

  • Posted by: tegania11 Master Fan // Mon, 31 October 2011 10:19am

    ahhh the Pob. Memories

  • Posted by: Becca Master Fan // Mon, 31 October 2011 10:36am

    This sounds like such a fun event!
    Congrats on the big 10!

  • Posted by: Christina @ Hair Romance // Mon, 31 October 2011 11:44am

    Excellent top 10 celeb hair moments! Congrats on a decade of creating fabulous hair x

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Mon, 31 October 2011 03:27pm

    Love Kim K’s smooth strands. I agree with zoeeangelaa, Megan Gale’s hair, especially in the Loreal 5 Repair treatment was fantastic.

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Mon, 31 October 2011 05:11pm

    You can’t go past Jennifer Anniston’s styles over the past decade, very influencial.. Great pics, except gaga (she’s too weird for me)

  • Posted by: sprinkles37 Master Fan // Tue, 1 November 2011 02:20pm

    I love Blake Lively’s hair…its flawless.

    I love Nicole Richie and Ashlee simpsons hair as they both change it all the time and arent afraid of different colours. Even though the cut/colour might not look as great as their usual colour they both have a lot of guts to try something drastic.

    I think Jennifer Anistons hair is lovely but very boring. She plays it very safe. How about a different colour.

  • Posted by: looksrdeceiving Master Fan // Tue, 1 November 2011 05:20pm

    Julia inspired chocolate brown :)

  • Posted by: Louise-1295043242 Master Fan // Wed, 2 November 2011 02:01pm

    I like Jen Anistons hair -her highlights are amazing and very natural looking (at least, they were for most of the last 10 years)… for the record I’m not mentioning her darn “Rachel” look -it’s certainly not my favourite look from the last decade!

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Thu, 3 November 2011 05:39am

    agree with sprinkles, blake lively’s hair is my fav! it always so effortlessly perfect!

  • Posted by: prudielou Enthusiast // Thu, 3 November 2011 12:05pm

    Loving Victoria Beckhams ‘pob’ such a versatile style that suited almost anyone AND way better than those extensions she was rocking!

  • Posted by: Karen-1298334769 Master Fan // Tue, 8 November 2011 02:02pm

    I’m a big fan of anything that Blake Lively does to her hair. So gorgeous!

  • Posted by: sommy7 Enthusiast // Thu, 10 November 2011 09:47pm

    Loved Nicole Richi’s Boho style, it really suited her and made a statement

  • Posted by: every_pretty86 Supporter // Mon, 21 May 2012 01:59pm

    Victoria Beckham – Fabulous hair since the Spice Girls!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 21 April 2013 02:54pm

    kim’s hair always looks great

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 6 March 2015 11:17am

    Nicole Richie and Lady Gaga have some wonderful hair colours and styles. They always look good.


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