Create the ultimate ’60s beehive hair with our step-by-step tutorials

All Things Hair | 18 January 2018
beehive hair tutorial blonde girl with hair in updo and red lip
20 mins Style Medium

Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn at Goodwood Revival 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

beehive hair tutorial girl with dark blonde hair with clips in her hair

Section your hair.

Start with clean, centre-parted hair, and divide it into four sections, secured with clips.

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.

beehive hair tutorial girl with dark blonde hair

Use a dry shampoo.

Using a comb or your fingers, lift the top horizontal section of hair at the back of your head and spray the VO5 Dry Backcomb Spray at the roots. 

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. 

Beehive hair blonde girl backcombing roots with brush looking down

Tease the hair.

Take a small amount of hair from the top horizontal section and use a small brush to backcomb the hair down to the root.

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. 

Beehive hair blonde girl using comb to brush hair into place

Brush the hair into place.

Smooth over your backcombed section with a bristle brush to ensure there are no flyaways and you’re left with a dome shape to the hair. 

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! 

Beehive hair tutorial blonde girl pinning hair into a bun at back of her head

Gather the hair into a bun.

Using a comb or your hands, gather the teased section of hair together and pull it towards the back of your head.

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. 

Beehive hair tutorial blonde hair twisting hair into a low bun

Pin the lower section of the hair up.

Twist the lower section of the hair and then, using your fingers, twirl the hair into a neat, low bun at the base of your beehive.

Pin this into place and make sure all the hair from the back sections is tucked into your updo. 


Beehive hair tutorial blonde girl with updo pinning front hair section back

Style your tendrils.

Leave the front two sections of your hair loose to frame your face for an authentically ’60s spin. Or, if they are too distracting, pin them loosely behind your ears. 

Beehive hair tutorial blonde girl spraying hairspray

Hold the look in place.

This is definitely not a look that can afford to loose any volume. We suggest keeping your style in place all day with the TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray.

Work from the front section of your hair backwards, concentrating on your beehive. 

Beehive hair style blonde girl looking away from camera smiling with updo

You're done!

And voila… You’ve now mastered an eternally chic ’60s style. Perfect for pairing with a party dress or your best office attire, the bold beehive is here to stay. 


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…

woman with auburn hair applying a hair oil

Apply hair oil.

Before you start, put a few drops of a hair oil (we like the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment) into your palms and run it through your hair.

This will instantly help to replenish lipids, softens and adds shine to your locks!

woman with auburn hair using a curling tong to curl her hair

Curl your lengths.

To help add volumes a lift to your tresses, grab your curling tong and curl the lengths of your mane.

Do this in 2-3 inch sections, working around your head, until you are left with a set of soft, loose waves.

woman with auburn hair using a comb to tease her hair

Tease your crown.

Then it’s time to tease, tease, tease! Using a teasing brush or comb, backcomb the hair at your crown by brushing gently towards your roots. Remember, you don’t want to damage your hair so don’t go too crazy!

woman with auburn hair using dry shampoo in her hair

Add more volume.

Once you’ve teased the top section of hair, give it a spirtz of the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo to inject some extra volume into your mane!

side view of a woman with auburn hair brushing back her hair

Smooth back the middle section of hair.

Next, take a paddle brush or wide-tooth comb and use it to smooth back the teased section of hair to tame any frizz.

back shot of a woman with auburn hair pinning her hairstyle in place

Bring your front sections into the middle.

Use your hands to bring the 2 leftover front sections of hair to the back of your head, twisting as you go to create a mini bouffant.

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


blonde model wearing a leather jacket with her hair in a bouffant french twist with a black headband accessory
Reach new heights with this bouffant French twist style.

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.

blonde model with her hair in a bouffant beehive french twist hairstyle
Oh bee-hive!

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!


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