Throwback styles: Swinging ’60s hairstyles we still obsess over

'60s hairstyles: The looks we just can't let go.  

Are you looking for a retro hairdo that still looks as good today as it did way back when? Look no further than the swinging ’60s, which brought us some fantastic ’60s hairstyles that we still love today!

From pixies to “the bombshell”, the revolutionary 1960s delivered some fantastic hairstyles that are still some of the most loved and replicated looks in 2017. So, we’ve turned to our favourite A-list stars and fashion week shows to bring you 5 inspiring 1960 hairstyles you need to try, right now.

5 retro ’60s hairstyles that are still oh-so chic


Mia Farrow wearing her blonde hair in pixie style in 1960s hairstyle
Mia Farrow was the poster girl for pixie styles. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Pixie styles

Looking for ’60s hairstyles for short hair? Dubbed the new pixie, this hairstyle became one of the most iconic looks of the decade with Rosemary’s Baby actress Mia Farrow being the poster girl for the short style.

Choose to keep your tresses soft around the edges for a boyish look, or even opt for a longer, smooth fringe style for a Twiggy-inspired ‘do! Either way, you’ll effortlessly emulate one of the most prominent 1960s hairstyles.

dark haired model on catwalk with hair in bouffant style with white ribbon headband
Bouffant hairstyles oozed 1960s glamour. Credit:

2. Bouffants

To bouffant or not to bouffant? The answer: always bouffant.

First popularised in the 1950s, bouffant hairstyles continued to dominate throughout the ’60s, varying in height and volume. Characterised by it’s backcombed hair-raising style, bouffant styles were (and still are!) the perfect party look for a night out on the town.

Editor’s tip: To help create volume, spray the Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray onto your roots, focusing on the areas just behind your headband for beautifully bouncy and moisturised hair.

Lynne Redgrave with medium brown hair in mid length style with flipped ends
We would love to see this flipped ends hairstyle come back. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Flicked ends

Whether it was on a Mary Quant-inspired bob or Lynne Redgraves’ medium-length hair, flicked ends were one of the most popular ’60s hairstyles for short hair – and we can see why.

Tip: Keep the crown of your hair teased for a slight bouffant finish.

model with black hair in side parting beehive hairstyle on the catwalk
Chic beehives are the ultimate 1960s hairstyle. Credit:

4. Beehives

Beehive hairstyles were, without a doubt, one of the most iconic ’60s hairstyles for long hair. Much like the bouffant, it is all about creating height, but this time with a much more dishevelled finish.

Working from the front, hair gradually gets bigger and higher until you reach a cone-shaped beehive style – think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Editor’s tip: To help ensure your hair doesn’t fall flat throughout the day or night, give your mane a healthy dose of the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray. Trust us, it’s out go-to product for creating sky-high styles!

Blonde model on catwalk with long tousled hair
Looking for a hairstyle which knocks all other styles out of the water? Credit:

5. The bombshell

When considering ’60 hairstyles for long hair, the bombshell is right up there on the list. But what is the bombshell, we hear you ask?

Think a cross between Briggite Bardot‘s tresses and boho-chic locks. With face framing layers and grown-out bangs, we always call upon this retro style when we want to rock a more effortless ‘do.

Editor’s tip: Get this catwalk wavy finish by using the TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Wave Creating Sea Foam, which will make creating light waves a total breeze.


Loving all these hot-to-rock retro hairstyles and now want more inpso? Then head on over to our Vintage Hairstyles page where you’ll find looks from your favourite decades, plus hair how-tos on how to get them.

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