The much-discussed Rio Olympics are just around the corner, and there's a ton of excitement surrounding this year's women's U.S. Olympic gymnastics team. They're going to kick ass while they break barriers (for the first time ever, half the team are women of color)—and they just might do it in metallic scrunchies. Here, a look at the hair and makeup history that led up to this very sparkly, spandex-y, historic moment.More
The first nationally televised gymnastics team debuted during the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin (shortly after Hitler took power in Germany). The women's team exhibited dominant '30s trends in their television debut, with short hair still reigning. Most of the athletes styled their hair into pin curls and even accessorized with a headband or bow to hold the hair in place.
The '60s of course brought us big hair in the form of bouffants and beehives, and the gymnastics team of 1964 somehow maintained that volume through their routines. This feat deserved a medal in its own right, but the team (competing in Tokyo) unfortunately ended up in 8th place all-around.