Margaret Thatcher's Iconic Look

As Thatcher passes away age 87, we remember her famous style

Margaret Thatcher presented a steely image to the world. Her hair was one of the ways she conveyed that this lady was not for turning.

As Britain’s first female Prime Minister, hers was an unprecedented path – and call it trivial, but the Iron Lady’s image was deeply considered. She was well aware that every nuance would be put under the microscope. In 1978, ahead of a trip to Iran, she wrote to the British Ambassador requesting ‘a good local hairdresser’ who ‘should bring Carmen rollers’.


Style-wise, she showed unwavering dedication to a few key staples – the power suit, the boxy bag and the pussy bow blouse –and she showed similar support for her heavily Elnett-ed ‘do. It was tweaked over the years - the colour from blonde to brunette to platinum, the length altered, but the ‘set’ never wavered.

Daniel Galvin, Hair Colourist, said:

‘I met a rather scary Margaret Thatcher when she was leader of the opposition and began her transformation from a ‘barmaid blonde’ to a more demure shade so that she would be taken more seriously. She was a rather terrifying force to be reckoned with and wanted everything done yesterday so she wasn’t best pleased when I informed her that her colour correction would have to be done in stages!’


Richard Ward, Hairstylist, said:

'Our stand out leaders throughout the years have always had a strong sense of personal identity from David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill and indeed Margaret Thatcher. He iconic hair let her contemporaries know she meant business, and her no nonsense approach was echoed in choice of style. Set, back-combed, teased and sprayed into place, her hair became a signature look for the first woman in such a position of ministerial duty. Love or loath her politics, when you think of this lady its always with every single hair in its place.'

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