How to Distinguish Purdey from Pageboy

Purdey and pageboy are two different hairstyles, often confused, both popular in the 1970s-80s epoch. Now they are being reintroduced as a new modern and sophisticated look on classic haircut.

Purdey became widely popular in the 1980s and it is now known as one of the Princess Diana hairstyles. She wore it before her engagement to Prince Charles. Purdey is another take on bob cut but it also resembles bowl cut to some extent. The difference lies in the side cutting line, which is angled to the back, making the hair in the back slightly longer. Classic purdey is curled inwards to give the hairstyle a sleek look.

Purdey is sometimes confused with pageboy, a similar haircut, only longer in the back, usually shoulder length or a little shorter. Pageboy is relatively simple and not too over-layered. On both sides pageboy is typically cut below ear. Both purdey and pageboy are usually accompanied by heavy, straight across bangs. As it requires minimum layering and do not need extra styling for volume, pageboy works best with straight hair, although it can be reproduced on curly hair with small changes. Inverted pageboy is made with endings curling outward, instead of inward. One of the most widely recognized pageboy hairstyles would be the famous Uma Thurman wig hairstyle from the film “Pulp Fiction”.

Although purdey and pageboy well made up and popularized during 1950s (pageboy) and 60s (purdey) both hairstyles have a very strong 70s feel about them. Combing to the back to unveil the layers in the front was a popular technique of adding volume to the purdey and pageboy hairstyles in the 1980-1990 decade. Modern look on both haircuts is usually styled differently, with short fringe or long, delicately angled one. Different hair colors and tones are usually blended together to add more dimension to the hairstyle.

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