—suzy buckley woodward
photography by manny hernandez (starr); ron galella/wireimage.com (vanilla ice); steve granitz/wireimage.com(madonna, lopez, hilton)
| January 7, 2013 | Style & Beauty The Latest
TRULY LOCO: This layered hair fiasco was Ricky Martin’s way of coping with the death of waistlong ’80s manes.
NATURAL LOOK: Before the hair-extension craze inspired three-foot-long tresses, Paris Hilton looked like the girl next door.
PERMANENT WAVE: Jennifer Lopez once wore loud, proud curls.
THINGS REMEMBERED: Vanilla Ice was a high-top fade pioneer, complete with head engraving.
ORANGE YOU GLAD IT'S NOT THE ’90s? Brenda K. Starr shows off an early spray tan—while wearing a white Barbarella-inspired ensemble.
MILLENNIUM STYLE MUSCLES: Madonna wrestled with finding a happy bicep medium.
The thing about beauty trends from the last two decades is they aren’t ancient enough to be retro, yet they’re old enough to be humorously outdated. Although we can ask, “What were we thinking?” the horror is we actually remember.
For example, we can lambast poor Vanilla Ice for his high-top fade, but almost every guy who watched the exploits of Kid ’n Play in the House Party movies mutilated his hair. And remember when everything was millennium this and Y2K that? Garish makeup combinations and frightfully orange spray tans became prevalent as women hoped for a pop of color while wearing all those shiny, silvery fashions that just screamed faux-future.
Since the ’90s and ’00s, spray tan technology has vastly improved, as have hair extensions and keratin treatments. Even Madonna’s veiny, muscular Ray of Light arms went the way of the beeper. As she said at last year’s Golden Globes, “I’m not really doing Pilates anymore. I’m just dancing.”