When it comes to fashion and style, the 1960’s were a time of change. The decade gave us mini skirts, mod designs, psychedelic color schemes, hippie simplicity, and iconic hairstyles to match. At the start of the 60s, big hair was still all the rage.
Wash. Set. Tease. Spray!
The defining hairdo of the 1960s, the Bouffant, actually surfaced in the late 1950s. The bouffant started a whole new trend of styling; it was all about width and height. Today we think of it as “helmet hair” but back in the 1960s, the bouffant was thought to be ideal because it looked elegant and glamorous. Hair was rolled onto large hair curlers, then brushed, teased and held in place with lots of hairspray. The ends were curled and flipped over or under, and the front was styled into short bangs or a side sweep. The bouffant could be combined with a number of hairdo’s such as bobs, cascades, and falls for added drama and height.
The Bigger the Better
The Beehive was basically the Bouffant without the width. Hair was piled into a sky-high updo; the higher, the better. Many women used padding along with hairpieces for added height. For such a tedious hairstyle, the beehive was actually a time saver, women could sleep in scarves, smooth the loose strands in the morning, et voilà, they were ready to go.
By the mid 1960’s, both the beehive and the bouffant began to fall in popularity as women embraced the idea of ‘wash and wear’ hair.
Jimi Hendrix, guitarist, singer, songwriter…style icon.
(November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)
Known as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in music history, his flair for fashion is also worth mentioning. He embodied the spirit of the 60’s without being costumey. His antique military uniforms, layered with vests, scarves, and contrasting prints, gave him a unique look that was all his own. It was a look that seemed entirely effortless - Hendrix was cool without even trying to be.