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Princess Diana voted most iconic hairstyle of the last 50 years

'Shy Di' look is top of the crops

Princess Diana’s shaggy, early 1980s hairstyle has been voted the most iconic of the last fifty years. In a survey conducted by professional hair care retailer, Fabriah.com, over a quarter said that Diana’s hairstyle defined the last half century.

Known as the “Shy Di”, there’s no denying the influence Lady Diana had on women’s hair– the shaggy, sloaney cut was a much-copied style during the early 1980s, asked for in hair salons across Britain. One of the survey’s participants commented: “I don’t think you can describe the impact Diana’s hair had on a generation of young women. In fact people were still copying that look right up until the late nineties.”

Other hairstyles that, ahem, made the cut include Marilyn Monroe’s blonde curls, Twiggy’s super short crop and Jennifer Aniston’s layered ‘Rachel’ style, which defined the mid-nineties.

But there were some surprising inclusions on the list (Marge Simpson’s blue beehive and Margaret Thatcher’s soft, bouffant hairstyle), and some notable omissions – where was Meg Ryan’s shag, Kylie Minogue’s perm, and Mary Quant's asymmetric cop?

See all top ten hairstyles in the gallery below – and let us know what you think of the choices on twitter @Stylistmagazine.

Want more? See OUR most iconic hairstyles of all time.

Picture credits: Rex Features

  • Princess Diana

    Princess Diana

    The shaggy, layered Shy Di style was a sensation… More details

    Princess Diana

    Princess Diana

    The shaggy, layered Shy Di style was a sensation in the early 1980s.

  • 2. Marge Simpson

    2. Marge Simpson

    From Maggie and Bart's spikes to Aunt Pattie and… More details

    2. Marge Simpson

    2. Marge Simpson

    From Maggie and Bart's spikes to Aunt Pattie and Selma, The Simpson family all have unusual hair-dos, but Marge's blue beehive is the standout.

  • 3. Elvis Presley

    3. Elvis Presley

    Slicked up to within an inch of its life, Elvis'… More details

    3. Elvis Presley

    3. Elvis Presley

    Slicked up to within an inch of its life, Elvis' quiff became his signature look, copied by men wishing to emulate the rock and roll star when he shot to fame in the 1950s. His quiff (chopped off when the singer went into the army) was even sold at auction for $15,000 in 2009.

  • 4. Jennifer Aniston

    4. Jennifer Aniston

    The 'Rachel' style inspired countless 90s girls… More details

    4. Jennifer Aniston

    4. Jennifer Aniston

    The 'Rachel' style inspired countless 90s girls to get layers cut into their hair.

  • 5. Margaret Thatcher

    5. Margaret Thatcher

    Margaret Thatcher's bouffant style (which she was… More details

    5. Margaret Thatcher

    5. Margaret Thatcher

    Margaret Thatcher's bouffant style (which she was advised to get to give her a 'softer' appearance) was certainly memorable, and defined the Iron lady's look.

  • 6. Jackie Kennedy

    6. Jackie Kennedy

    Like her pearls, skirt suits and elegant shift… More details

    6. Jackie Kennedy

    6. Jackie Kennedy

    Like her pearls, skirt suits and elegant shift dresses, Jackie Kennedy's bouncy bob was much-copied in the 1960s.

  • 7. Twiggy

    7. Twiggy

    Think of a super-short crop, and you think of… More details

    7. Twiggy

    7. Twiggy

    Think of a super-short crop, and you think of Twiggy - the model's angular Vidal Sassoon cut was all part of her 1960s look.

  • 8. Marilyn Monroe

    8. Marilyn Monroe

    We're surprised how low down Marilyn is on this… More details

    8. Marilyn Monroe

    8. Marilyn Monroe

    We're surprised how low down Marilyn is on this list - a true beauty icon, her peroxide blonde curls have spawned thousands of imitators.

  • 9. David Bowie

    9. David Bowie

    David Bowie's bright red mullet during his Ziggy… More details

    9. David Bowie

    9. David Bowie

    David Bowie's bright red mullet during his Ziggy Stardust days was a defining look of the 1970s.

  • 10. Grace Jones

    10. Grace Jones

    Edgy and iconic, Grace Jones always pushed the… More details

    10. Grace Jones

    10. Grace Jones

    Edgy and iconic, Grace Jones always pushed the boundaries with her style - hair included.

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