19 Swinging ’60s hairstyles We Still Talk About

Some things never go out of style and '60s hairstyles are one of them...

From the first moon landing to the Etch-A-Sketch, the 1960s proved to be an era of innovation and change. And while a lot of things have moved on since then, some things have left a lasting legacy on the world – in particular, ‘60s hairstyles.

From structured, sky-high beehives and backcombed looks to edgy, androgynous bob cuts, many 1960s hairstyles are just as on-trend today as they were back in the day. Don’t believe us? Well, we’ve created an edit of the best retro styles from the era to prove our point – take a look.

Classic beehive

60s hairstyles: Woman at the Betty's salon at Goodwood Revival with a French twist beehive updo
The beehive is the most iconic 60s hairstyle of all! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If someone were to ask you about 1960s hairstyles, we can almost guarantee that the beehive would be the first to spring to mind.

Aptly named, the beehive is easily recognisable thanks to its conical shape and resemblance to (surprise, surprise) actual beehives. This look is also one of the most iconic ’60s hairstyles for long hair, in large due to Audrey Hepburn and her role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Editor’s tip: Fancy trying your hand at a beehive? Begin by prepping your strands with a texturising spray or dry shampoo, such as the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo.

This will help to soak up any oils (which may be weighing down your locks) and provide masses of volume to take your look to mega new heights!

Pixie Cut

60s hairstyles: brunette model on the catwalk with a short pixie cut hairstyle
Pixie cuts are still just as on-trend now as they was in the ’60s. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Looking for ’60s hairstyles for short hair? Take inspiration from ’60s sirens like Twiggy and give a pixie cut a try.

While this super short look has become synonymous with refined chicness, back in the ’60s it was considered to be extremely daring! But nowadays, with stars like Katy Perry and Cara Delevingne rocking the cropped ‘do, it tops the style charts year after year.

Half-up Bouffant

60s hairstyles: 3 girls in the Betty's salon at Goodwood Revival with half-up sixties bouffant hairstyles
Channel your inner Bardot with this glam style! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

French actress Brigitte Bardot is often touted as the poster girl for 1960s hairstyles – in particular her trademark half-up, half-down bouffant. Combining a bumped-up, backcombed crown with flowing lengths, this look is stunning on women of all ages!

Pageboy Cut

brunette model with short dramatic pageboy haircut
Take a standard bob to new levels with a bold pageboy cut. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Androgynous pageboy cuts first became popular in the 1950s and ’60s, is a real departure from the ultra-feminine styles that had come before them.

To give the look a contemporary update, pair it with a choppy fringe (like the model above) and you’ll have a style that’s both vintage and modern rolled into one.

Backcombed Barnets

model gigi hadid on the catwalk in a houndstooth jacket with backcombed 60s hair and a headband
Va-va-volume! Credit: indigitalimages.com

1960s hairstyles were all about volume, volume, volume – and backcombing was key to creating these sky-high styles!

Ideal if you’re lacking in natural volume, backcombing can help to give the illusion of not only fuller locks, but also added boost at the roots for limp locks. It’s no wonder this technique is still widely used today!

Editor’s tip: Traditional backcombing methods aren’t the best for your hair, which is why we’re big fans of the VO5 Dry Backcomb Spray. Essentially a teasing comb in a can, it gives your tresses a long-lasting, plumped-up effect, without causing any long-term damage. Phew!

Baby Beehive

brunette model with a mini beehive updo hairstyle
After something on the subtle side? Look no further… Credit: indigitalimages.com

While we love a good beehive, we know that they aren’t always the most practical style for everyday. So if you’re looking for an easier, low-maintenance way to rock ’60s hairstyles for the office, we recommend giving the toned-down baby beehive a try, instead.

Still incorporating the style’s instantly recognisable shape, it’s simply a more pared-back, wearable take on the trend.

Teased Ponytail

brunette model on the catwalk with a teased bouffant ponytail
A ’60s twist on a timeless classic! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Now, you might not think that ponytails are particularly exciting but have you ever tried giving your pony a ’60s twist?

All you need to do is make sure to position it low at the nape of your neck, as this will ensure that all of the focus is on the volume at the crown, turning this practical style into something much more stylish!

Editor’s tip: Finish your beautiful updo with a quick all-over spritz of the TRESemmé Ultimate Shine Hold Hairsprayto ensure your half-up hairstyle lasts all day.

Peekaboo Braids

model wearing a 60s inspired outfit with hidden braids in her hair
You have to give hidden braids a try! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Boho braids, like the hidden braid style, were extremely popular at the time, offering a more casual alternative to the strict, structured ’60s hairstyles for long hair. Ideal for festivals, this laid back look is timeless. Peace and love, baby!

’60s Headband

issey miyake model wearing a 60s inspired headband in her brunette hair
Headbands are the ultimate solution to a bad hair day! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Headbands may be having a bit of a resurgence as of late, but did you know that they were also very popular ’60s hairstyles for short hair?

You didn’t need flowing locks to pull off this style, so head scarves became a popular option. And funnily enough, they’ve just been confirmed to be one of Pinterest’s most popular hair trends, too. What goes around comes around!

Mod Bob

brunette model with a mod bob hairstyle
2017 is the year of the bob! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Providing an alternative to the soft, bedhead styles of the decade, the mod bob was the ultimate act of rebellion. All about the angles, this look was harsh, dramatic and sure to turn heads.

For a softer, modern-day version, try working in parted Bardot bangs (like the model above) for a more flattering, face-framing effect.

Flicked Ends

60s hairstyles: 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

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.

The Bombshell

60s hairstyles: Blonde model on catwalk with long tousled hair
Looking for a hairstyle which knocks all other styles out of the water? Credit: indigitalimages.com

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 Brigitte 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.


60s hairstyles: dark haired model on catwalk with hair in bouffant style with white ribbon headband
Bouffant hairstyles oozed 1960s glamour. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

Brigitte Bardot Hair

60s hairstyles: Brigitte Bardot light blonde medium length hair styled in a backcombed beehive with soft bardot bangs in black and white photo
Our love for Brigitte Bardot knows no bounds. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Of course, we had to start with Brigitte Bardot. The French actress is the reason we have been seeing curtain style bangs all over our Instagram feed. Her undone wispy tresses are replicated time and time again, and after seeing her most iconic hairstyles, you can see why Brigitte is one of the main hair icons of her time.

Jean Shrimpton Hair

60s hairstyles: Jean Shrimpton in black and white image with brown medium length straight hair styled in a side parting with a sweeping side fringe
Blowout fans will love Jean Shrimpton’s locks. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

With her Brit-girl blowout, this English model and actress was one of the poster girls for the swinging ’60s. Her beautiful tousled blowout has left it’s mark, as it’s a look we now associate with the likes of Suki Waterhouse and Alexa Chung.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis Hair

60s hairstyles: Jackie Kennedy shoulder length brown bob with flicked out ends wearing a white hat in black and white image
Who can ever forget Jackie Kennedy? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Jackie Kennedy Onassis was the First Lady of hair in our eyes. Known for her grace and elegance and of course, her array of stylish outfits, Jackie achieved international fashion icon status around the world. Her medium brown shoulder-length tresses became her signature look and her endless collection of hats made her look even more striking.

Catherine Deneuve Hair

60s hairstyles: Catherine Deneuve shoulder length blonde straight hair with flicked out ends styled in a half up ponytail worn with a pink ribbon bow
The French actress knows a thing about fashionable hairstyles. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The Belle de Jour actress never strays far away from her shoulder-length blonde locks (even to this day), but what makes her look iconic? We’d say it’s her love of ribbon hair bows – no hairstyle was complete without Catherine adding one to her prim updos.

Nancy Sinatra Hair

60s hairstyles: Nancy Sinatra with shoulder length blonde hair with backcombed roots, bangs and flicked out ends holding a flower in black and white image
Nancy Sinatra had the good hair gene. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

It wasn’t only musical talent that Nancy got from her father Frank Sinatra, it was his good hair too. The These Boots are Made for Walkin’ singer went for the more is more approach with her blonde locks. Big hair was huge in the ’60s and to create looks like Nancy’s you’d need to load up on hairspray for extra va-va-voom.

Jane Fonda Hair

60s hairstyles: Jane Fonda laying down wearing a black lace and sheer outfit with hair styled in bouncy curls on medium long brown hair
Look at bounce on those curls! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Yes, Jane Fonda was once a brunette – shocking, right? Showing off her glossy light caramel hue with breathtaking bouncy waves, Jane looks every inch the megastar actress.

Psst! All Things Hair are going to be at Goodwood Revival at Betty’s Salon, so don’t forget to come say hello!

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