Cyberpunk Fashion #1: Hair

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When you look at most american made cyberpunk films, even with Blade Runner made in 1982, the hairstyles in them have this edgy, retro, pinup feel to them with a twist. Though the men always had that perfect, won’t move even if the wind blows stereotypical comb over, (that I’m sure you have seen in the day to day suit and tie atmosphere), the women have hair that is not your classical dinner every night at seven kind of mom. In the picture below, Sean Young, the woman who played Rachael in Blade Runner,’s hair is pulled back in a futuristic/1940’s/Victorian pinup, squaring her jaw, and giving her over all appearance a very sharp structure found in a lot of neo-noir, futuristic films. Most of the characters depicted in cyberpunk only hold such sharp edged clean styles in the big corporations though.

Sean Young, as Rachael, in Blade Runner.
Sean Young, as Rachael, in Blade Runner.

Her hair was actually pretty long, which is surprising for me how they managed to roll up the bang that way. The bang is curled under and parted in a half moon a the crown of her head, about a fourth of the way back starting at the hairline in the middle of the forehead, making that high-top bump framing her hairline from temple to temple. There is another part another fourth of the way back where the first part ends, which is split down the middle making two square blocks that get rolled up toward the crowd of the head and safety-pinned down, with the rest of the hair behind the last part pulled back with a hair-tie into a lose loop that folds under, keeping all the hair in the hairline and away from the sides and neck. The picture below is a behind the scenes Polaroid of Sean Young’s hair in Blade Runner showing a front and side view of the hairstyle to give you a better look.

Behind the scenes Polaroids of Sean Young in Blade Runner.
Behind the scenes Polaroids of Sean Young in Blade Runner.

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