How to create a ’60s beehive: Your step-by-step guide

Jeanette | 11 June 2016

Two easy ways to master this ultra glam hairdo from the swinging decade.

It’s no question that the wonderfully dramatic ’60s beehive is a great hairstyle for glamorous summer parties and weddings (or if you just want to do a London re-enactment of Breakfast at Tiffany’s). But we’re well aware that its retro aesthetic and eye-catching bouffant shape can also be rather intimidating to anyone who’s not a confident stylist, or those who feel less than comfortable with a can of hairspray.

That said, creating a ’60s beehive can be quite simple: all you need is patience and an easy how-to guide, broken down step-by-step to help achieve the style you want. Still sceptical? See below for how to create two equally head-turning beehive hairstyles now.

How to create a ’60s beehive: 2 Ways

60s beehive french twist
French twist beehive.


Cheater’s beehive and French twist

Ever tried to create a French twist beehive, but ended up getting yourself into a tangle? Follow our step-by-step cheater’s guide, which works wonders on medium-length to long hair, below.

Step 1: If you have a fringe, gather and clip the hair so it’s out of the way for now. If you don’t have one, take a 2-inch section of hair from the front of the crown and use a clip to secure for later usage for creating a fringe.

Step 2: Now for the beehive: divide your hair horizontally at the crown – making sure that you leave more hair in the bottom section – then clip the top section so it’s out of the way.

Step 3: Spray the bottom half of your hair using TIGI S-Factor Vivacious Volume Hairspray (£20.95*). Then use a teasing brush or comb to gently tease that section of hair before putting it up into high bun (to sit as far up the crown as you can make it). You can do this by tying the hair up with a hairband, then wrapping the ponytail to make flattened bun, before securing in place with bobby pins.

Step 4: Release your fringe (or the section of hair you set aside in the first instance). Brush and curl it using tongs or a hair straightener to create a sweeping side fringe. If you’ve created artificial bangs, pin behind the ear, using bobby pins, to conceal excess length.

Step 5: Now, it’s time to unclip the top section of your hair. Tease it using the same method that was previously employed. Then carefully brush your hair back over the bun. Again, remember to keep your brush strokes light, otherwise you’ll end up brushing out all your hard work.

Step 6: Making sure than you’ve concealed the bun, gather the top section of hair together at the back. Twist and roll the end of the hair to create a faux French twist and pin with kirby grips. Et voila!: a pretty and time-effective beehive.

60s half up half down beehive
Half-up, half-down beehive.

Half beehive

Loved Katy Perry’s Priscilla Presley-inspired hairstyle at this year’s Golden Globes? Discover how to create a similar half-updo with our step-by-step guide, below.

Step 1: Start separating your fringe or the section of hair you’ll be using to create the illusion of a fringe from the rest of your tresses. Secure it with a pin or clip, so it’s out of your way for now.

Step 2: Coat your hair with a heat protector (we recommend the VO5 Smoothly Does It Heat Protect Spray, (£3.99*), then take a small section of hair (approx. 2-3 inches) from nearest to the front and create a loose curl using a curling tong or straightener. Repeat this process until you’ve curled all of your hair.

Step 3: Spray your tresses with TIGI S-Factor Vivacious Volume Hairspray, making sure you cover every part, then divide your hair horizontally from the the temple, making sure to leave more hair in the bottom section.

Step 4: Now, it’s time to create some volume. Using a teasing brush or comb, gently tease the entire top section of your hair. Spritz it with more hairspray and gently brush your hair back. Remember to keep your brush strokes light to avoid undoing all that teasing.

Step 5: Release your fringe (or section of hair you clipped up earlier). Brush and curl it with your tongs or hair straightener to create a sweeping effect. If you’re devising a faux fringe, sweep the hair to the side and discreetly pin behind the ear. Tip: for a more authentic ‘60s look, spray your fringe with hairspray and lightly tease the base for more volume prior to curling.

Step 6: Gather the top section of your hair together at the back and push it forward to create a beehive shape; lock it into place using bobby pins. Tip: criss-cross the pins for extra security. Finally, softly brush the lower half of your hair in an upward movement to create a retro flick, and there you have it: a beautifully bouffant, half-up ’60s beehive!

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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