To paraphrase: "those whose fail to learn the lessons of history . . . may find themselves wearing bell-bottoms again."
The wide pants are making a strong return in 1989, as are tie-dyes in psychedelic colors and vests with fringes.Not surprisingly, so are 1960 - and even some 1930 - hair styles.
Barbra Streisand's classic "Funny Girl" hairdo - the A-line pageboy - is making a return performance. So are Greta Garbo's finger waves.
That's the word of national and international hair stylists whose designs were featured on center stage during the West Coast Spring Style and Beauty Show this week.
The 42nd annual extravaganza attracted more than 25,000 hair stylists from around the world to the San Francisco Civic Center, including hundreds from Utah.
During the two-day professional beauty industry exposition, salon owners, licensed cosmetologists, nail artists, barbers, stylists and students from Alaska to Florida to Hawaii sharpened their equipment, knowledge and skills.
They learned from the best.
Dozens of renowned American stylists, including Gary Gerard of Gary Gerard International Academy; Yost, the 1989 Stylist of the Year, and John Paul Mitchell created head-turning fashion looks. The well-defined impression of England's hair artists also seemed to set the pace of hair fashion at the spectacular show.
Smooth, shiny, chic, sleek, soft and sensual describe their designs for 1989.
According to the trend-setters, hair styles this year will be looser, softer, more tailored and touchable. The tight "poke your eye out look with hair spray" is out the door.
Short hair is in.
"I haven't seen this much short hair since (Vidal) Sasson in 1959 and 1960," said Utah's Diane McNair, owner of the Salon of Green Valley in St. George.
"The hardest thing will be convincing people to cut their hair. People with long hair are really tied to it. To most people it's a security blanket. So it will be hard to get them to cut it."
But, like it or not, the bubble cuts and beehive looks of the early '60s are back in vogue (but back-combing and teasing are out). More geometrical haircut shapes, with soft, wispy, textured lines sculpted into place with liquid styling tools and finishing products, are in, according to David Brady, a representative of John Paul Mitchell Systems.
So are strong, dramatic bangs, volume in the crown, and more fullness against the cheeks.
For women with long hair, it's '60 styles with a new twist. Yes, that means a return of pageboys and flips.
"Long hair of 1989 is more smooth, sleek against the face, not the big explosion hair," said stylist Nancy Landvat-ter, of Greg's of Salt Lake. "Nice healthy, shiny hair with translucent coloring that shows off the cut is in."
Mahogany is the "in' hair color for 1989.
Lanvatter said long frizzy hair is out. But the untidy, unbrushed look obtained by permanent waving with spiral curlers is hot.
Tapestry knots give a new, different look this year for women with long hair.
For men and women who want more hair (and can afford $450 to $500 for a full head), 100 percent human hair extensions are available.
Attached to the scalp with a thermal bonding wax adhesive, the extensions can be both colored and permed and need retouching only every three to four months.
Extremely popular among men whose hair is thinning, the extensions are also in demand among cancer patients.
What's hot and what's not for men?
"Men and boys will be wearing their hair longer on the top, as opposed to the real short flat tops that were popular a few years ago," Lanvatter said. "The pretty-boy (wedged) look is in. The weird, way-out ugly look is passe."
As in years past, "individuality" is key to a successful hair design.
"The client's needs come first," McNair said. "A stylist needs to know the client's lifestyle, kind of work she does - whether she's active or needs to be conservative."
Lanvatter added, "We're successful as stylists if we can give new design to our clients' hair, while keeping it simple enough that they can manage it themselves. In today's busy world, no one has a lot of time to spend on his/her hair.
"But they still want to look `way hot.' "