Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn with this eternally chic, retro look.
Ever since beehive hair first appeared in the 1960s, it quickly became the look to be seen with. After being spotted on the heads of some of the biggest style icons of the era – including Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot – the conical ‘do firmly sealed its fate as one of the most recognisable hairstyles of all time.
This style is a great option for when I go out with friends at the weekend! – Snowy
Now, many of you might think that this gravity-defying style is one best left to the past, right? Wrong! Thanks to stars like Adele and Amy Winehouse, the beehive hairdo is just as sought after today. And while the look can seem tricky to create, in reality, it couldn’t be easier to get beehive hair at home.
If you’re ready to give this ’60s staple a modern revamp, follow our step-by-step tutorial below and watch the video above to see the look come to life…
How to create ’60s beehive hair
Section your hair.
The first two sections should start from the top of the ear go over to the middle parting, these will hang in front of your face.
The third and fourth sections should be divided horizontally across the back of the head and clipped at the nape of the neck.
Use a dry shampoo.
Then gently run your fingers through the hair, concentrating at the scalp. This will add shape and volume to your beehive, so it has a solid base.
Tease the hair.
Take your time with this step as the more volume you add, the bigger your beehive will be! Use a mirror to double check all you’ve styled the entire section and have no areas that aren’t lifted at the root.
If you’ve backcombed properly, your hair should now be standing up on its own.
Brush the hair into place.
Be sure not to put too much pressure on the brush as this will flatten the volume you’ve just worked so hard to create!
Gather the hair into a bun.
Take the tips of your tresses (these should not have been backcombed) and roll them under the hair so it looks like a neat bun style with no loose ends. Secure into place using bobby pins.
Pin the lower section of the hair up.
Pin this into place and make sure all the hair from the back sections is tucked into your updo.
Style your tendrils.
Hold the look in place.
Work from the front section of your hair backwards, concentrating on your beehive.
How to create half-up half-down beehive hair
If the original beehive hair look is a bit much for you, don’t let it put you off the style completely. There are a number of ways to rock a more toned down take on beehive hair and the half-up half-down is one of our go-tos.
Much more wearable for every day, while still incorporating the bouffant element that we all know and love, it’s the perfect look to take you from the office to after-work drinks with the girls. Sold? Follow our simple step-by-step tutorial below to see just how quickly you can master this modern update…
Apply hair oil.
This will instantly help to replenish lipids, softens and adds shine to your locks!
Curl your lengths.
Do this in 2-3 inch sections, working around your head, until you are left with a set of soft, loose waves.
Tease your crown.
Add more volume.
Smooth back the middle section of hair.
Bring your front sections into the middle.
Pin the twisted strands in place with bobby pins, placing them into a criss-cross shape to give your style extra security. Et voila!
How to create a French twist on beehive hair
Got an important date in your diary and looking for a creative, yet classy, updo to complete your look? This hybrid style incorporates all of the best elements of beehive hair – masses of volume and feminine face-framing strands – while also adding a chic modern touch. So, whatever the occasion, get your bobby pins and hairspray at the ready as we take you through the techniques to mastering a beehive with French flair. Ooh la la, indeed!
Step 1: Set aside your bangs
If you have a fringe, start by clipping it out of the way! If you don’t, just take a section of hair (around 2 inches thick) from the front of your hair and you’ll be able to turn it into a faux fringe later on.
Step 2: Section your strands
Divide your hair horizontally at the crown, making sure that the bottom section is larger. Tie the top section into a loose messy bun for now, so that you can focus on the underneath layers.
Step 3: Tease your tresses
Spray the bottom layers of your hair using a volumising spray, like the TRESemmé Max the Volume Creation Hairspray. This hairspray is particularly great for this look as it can be used both before and after styling, to ensure you don’t lose any precious volume!
Then, use a teasing brush or comb to gently tease the lower section of hair, before putting it up into a bun. You can do this by tying the hair up with a hairband, wrapping the ponytail around itself to make a flattened bun and securing it in place with bobby pins. Make sure to secure them will as this will form the base of your beehive.
Step 4: Curl your fringe
Now it’s time to turn your attention to your fringe (or the section of hair you set aside in step 1). Curl it using tongs or a hair straightener – whichever you find easiest – to create a sweeping side fringe. If you’ve created artificial bangs, pin them behind the ear to conceal any excess length.
Step 5: Build your beehive
Next, unclip the top section of your hair and tease it using the same method as before. Carefully brush this piece of hair back over your bun to conceal it and create the illusion of a bumped-up beehive hairdo. Clever, no?
Step 6: Twist and secure
Finally, gather all of the hair at the back of your head and roll it into itself to create one large French twist. Secure with clips both inside and outside your roll, giving it one last spritz of hairspray for luck… and you’re done!