National Women Equality Day was yesterday.... So we're going to keep the appreciation going!

Let's talk about some iconic women and their movement towards women's equality. We should look up to them... and their hair.

What better way to appreciate strong, iconic women than talking about the most iconic hairstyles they've rocked over the years?

Read to discover these iconic hairstyles...



As Beyoncé once said; "Who runs the world?"

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And it's true.

So, what's National Women Equality Day? Let's get into some history... August 26th is known as National Women's Equality Day to commemorate  the day in 1920 when American women were granted the constitutional right to vote - a huge deal. Although it originates from 1920, the first year of celebration was in the year 1973 after Congresswoman Bella Abzug of New York fought to mark August 26 as National Women Equality Day. Go, Bella. We have been celebrating this day, ever since!

Now that you know the history behind this amazing day, we feel its only necessary to appreciate iconic women... and their iconic hairstyles.


1. Michelle Obama

The first African-American First Lady; she was all about women's equality, confidence, and not being afraid to speak her mind. If that's not empowerment, we don't know what is.

"Finding balance has been the struggle of my life and my marriage, in being a woman, being a professional, being a mother. What women have the power to do, through our own experiences, is to push that balance out into the culture."

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama represents the "independent-strong woman" of today; one of the first campaigns she introduced was “Let Girls Learn". This campaign's sole mission is  "to address the range of challenges preventing adolescent girls from attaining a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential.”  This is just one of the many movements Michelle Obama made towards women's rights.

Michelle's Signature Hairstyle: The Bob

We always saw Michelle rock the bob; whether it be a messy bob, a straight bob, or a curly bob - she always worked the bob. The former First Lady was on trend before us! But she added an Obama touch to the bob: side-swept bangs. Style your bob, First-Lady-style. 

Michelle Obama's hair stylist, Johnny Wright, shares that what makes her hair so shiny and luminous is by using a deep reconstructing treatment. Try Joico's K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor; a powerful five-minute reconstructor that rebuilds and strengthens hair!


2. Angelina Jolie

This woman might as well be the face of every cause and organization; she supports them all. Not only is she gorgeous, inside and out, and a mother of six children, she's a a humanitarian spokesperson. Having donated millions of dollars to countless charities, Angelina is also an activist when it comes to Women's Rights. She claims that women's education and health are the first to suffer.

"This is not about progress for women at the expense of men, but about finding an equal balance that benefits everyone."

Angelina Jolie

She's goals.

Angelina Jolie's Signature Hairstyle: Long & Wavy

Angelina's go-to hairstyle is keeping her hair long and wavy - just the way we like it. It suits her face structure perfectly and adds elegance to any makeup and wardrobe look. What's her secret? Volume spray.

Angelina's natural hair is fine and flat - and she loves big hair. Use Hair Treats' Volume Spray - very Mrs. Smith.


3. Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, is a longtime advocate for women's rights; she even spoke about gender equality at UN Women - if you haven't yet seen it, watch here! Identifying herself as a feminist, Meghan has never shied away from speaking publicly about women equality. In 2016, Meghan had traveled to Rwanda as a Global Ambassador for World Vision. It was this experience that inspired her to bring awareness to girls’ lack of access to education.

"Women need a seat at the table, they need an invitation to be seated there and in some cases, where this isn't available, well then you know what, then they need to create their own table."

Meghan Markle

You go, girl. 

Meghan Markle's Signature Hairstyle: Straight & Sleek

Ever since becoming a Royal, she's been rocking the 'Old Hollywood' waves often, but her original signature look is still our favorite: straight and sleek. Meghan struggles with frizzy hair so she admits to using smoothing lotion frequently; a must-have hair product for the Duchess of Sussex. 

To get the same smooth finish as Meghan, try Hair Treats' Smoothing Lotion; a soothing blend of oak bark and dogwood rose that seals and smooths cuticles for frizz-free hair.

Read our other blog post on how to get other Meghan Markle looks!


4. Emma Watson

Expelliarmus! Emma Watson has come a long way since her Hogwarts days; since then she has become an activist for gender equality and a UN Goodwill Ambassador. With this, she launched the UN HeForShe campaign in 2014, a campaign with the mission of encouraging men to join the feminist movement. In 2016, she then began a feminist book club on Goodreads - is there anything she can't do?  We think not.

"Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom. It’s about liberation. It’s about equality."

Emma Watson

We couldn't of said it better ourselves, Emma!

Emma Watson's Signature Hairstyle: Textured Up-Do

Emma is known for her wide variety of up-dos; she has always gone for a 'hair up, strong brow game' look and we're here for it. Emma manages to make a messy hairstyle so clean and sophisticated; she really is a wizard. Emma dished that she's been more into hair oils lately, specifically Argan Oil and Coconut Oil! These oils can do wonders to your hair - seriously.

To get the same soft, textured hair as Emma, we suggest you apply Lakme's BioArgan Oil to towel-dried hair before blow-drying. 


5. Reese Witherspoon

As Glamour's Woman of The Year, Reese had prepared a speech in which she claimed that the word 'ambition' for women, cannot be a 'dirty' word. And she's right - ambition is not a dirty word. Reese has now taken on feminist film-making, beginning with Big Little Lies! She really is the real-life Elle Woods; the feminist hero we deserve.

"I encourage women to step up. Don’t wait for somebody to ask you."

Reese Witherspoon

What, like it's hard?

Reese Witherspoon's Signature Hairstyle: Side-Swept Bangs

We don't know about you, but every time we picture Reese Witherspoon, we always picture her with her classic side-swept bangs. She's the only person who can pull this look off THIS well! What's great about side-swept bangs is that it can suit any hair length; Reese has rocked these bangs with long, wavy hair all the way to a short bob. The Legally Blonde actress is known for her fabulously smooth tresses - just think about how jealous you were of Elle Woods' hair.

Reese's hair stylist reveals that the secret to her smooth finish is by using an ionic hair dryer - that's right! Investing in one, like Hair Forensic's Dryology Ionic Hair Dryer, is something you should serioulsy consider; if you want more information on what the deal is with ionic hair dryers, read here


All these women have helped make the world a better place and continue to pave a road for women equality.

Of course, these are to just name a few; there are SO MANY strong, beautiful women that have helped women get to where we are today - INCLUDING YOU!

Happy National Women Equality Day, beauties.


Because, at Beauty Route, everyday is women's day.