Women’s Hairstyles of the 50’s and 60’s
Posted by Kevin on 6/24/2009
During the 50s women kept their hair fairly short. For example, the pixie haircut was very popular. This was worn by many actresses of the time, including Audrey Hepburn. Pixie
- Audrey Hepburn sporting an adorable pixie hairdo
are very short and combed back close to the head. From the front it can
appear that your hair is pulled back into a ponytail. This was perfect
because ponytails were very much in style at the time. Pixie hairdos
kept their femininity by having short bangs that were loosely curled.
A similar hairstyle was the poodle cut.
This was fairly short as well, but tended to have a little extra length
to make sure you could curl your hair. It was a cute 50s fashionable
hairdo for both younger girls as well as the more mature women.
Hair lengths were kept fairly short even when you didn’t have a pixie
or poodle hairdo. Women at the time, never wore their hair straight.
So, when it was curled it would either fall on the shoulders or above.
Most women didn’t have much longer hair than that.
Some of the hairdos from the 1950s were prolonged during the 1960s,
but for the most part the 60s fashion hairdos turned into the bigger the
hair the better.
this time period, more saloons started coming out with new ways to make
hair big and hold the height longer. They would do such things as
ratting. This is when you pull up your hair, and with a comb and scrunch
the hair so that when you lay it back down there is still a lot of
volume and lift. This is also known as back combing or teasing your
Curls were still in during the 60s. Women spent a lot of time placing
their curlers in at night and sleeping on them. This also helped with
adding extra volume to the girl’s hair. Some girls even went out and got
perms if they found they didn’t want to put curlers in every night.
Girls would also flip out the ends of their hair. This is a trend
that has come back since that time. They would still backcomb their hair
all the way around so there was a lot of body, and then they would flip
out the ends.
We wouldn’t do the 60s hairstyles justice if we didn’t mention it’s
most popular do, the beehive hair. I remember looking through yearbooks
of my mother and laughing when I saw pictures of her beehive hair. She
insisted that all the girls were wearing it. Come to find out, she was
right. This was a highly popular do. The beehive was the epitome of the
high or big hairstyle. To achieve this hairdo you have to backcomb your
hair so that it looks like a beehive. You can make it large or small.
Another version of the beehive is putting a ponytail on the top of the
head and rap it around and then pin it into place for a smaller beehive.