Yesha Callahan

Watch: 100 Years Of Black Women Hairstyles and Makeup In 60 Seconds

In a new video entitled “100 Years of Beauty: Marshay,” — Cut Video  showcases a time-lapse of popular Black women hairstyles and makeup looks from 1910 to 2010 in less than 60 seconds. “100 Years of Beauty: Marshay,” which features TCM Model Marshay Mitchell, is a follow-up video of “100 Years of Beauty” –in which a white model showcases 100 years of hair and makeup trends.

Cut Video Director Mike Gaston spoke exclusively to Yahoo Beauty about why they decided to recreate the video series to celebrate Black women and our beauty.

“What made the first piece so easy is that white standards of beauty are never complicated by race,” director Mike Gaston told Yahoo Beauty. “This is one of those things I knew intellectually but had never really internalized as a white, straight, man—until I found myself making this video. “After all, who are we ( to decide what an authentic representation of beauty is for Black women?” says Gaston. “I can’t say we made the right decisions, but I’m happy we didn’t let the fear of failing to do this well prevent us from doing it at all. If we took the easy way, we’d be submitting to our privilege—to not confront those things that make us uncomfortable. And by doing that, consciously accept our role in institutional racism.”

Check out the comparison/side-by-side of Part I and Part II below.  Also, check out our gallery to see GIF’s of each hairstyle highlighted in the video.

  1. January 19, 2015 - Reply

    [Natural girls stay out]
    You gonna tell me, that video spanned 100 years without anyone using a pressing comb? Nah.

    • January 19, 2015 - Reply


      It’s a good thing the stylists for the Black girl were White. Too many black people would have worried about straightening her hair, instead of simply focusing on the concept of the video.


      natural girl who is glad I’m not stuck in a box

  2. January 20, 2015 - Reply

    This is a very interesting video. Also, people can be inspired by the video to do their own research about the evolution of hairstyles. We, as human beings, are very curious and we have every right to explore history, culture, and other aspects of our existence. Regardless if a Sister wears her hair natural or if she wears some weaves, her humanity is still the same. There should be no caste system in our community. We are all one people.

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