Video: How to Get Beehive Hair, Plus 30 Fab Beehives to Inspire Your Inner ’60s Goddess

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Looking back on our fabulous history of hair, it’s pretty astonishing what people used to do to create distinctive and unique styles. The amount of time, effort, and skill that went into some looks are definitely things to admire, especially since some of us modern gals are always on the hunt for the easiest, simplest ’dos and just can’t be bothered! One such high-maintenance (and high impact!) style that we’ve seen creep back into our current landscape is the beehive. Popular in the ’60s, beehive hair is all about its signature super-volumized, shellacked conical shape piled neatly on top of the head—much like, you guessed it, the shape of an actual beehive.

Beehive hair is formed by running a comb up and down the hair shaft, a.k.a. teasing it, to create a volumized backcombed effect, which is then lightly combed over to smoothen. The longer or thicker the hair, the higher and denser the beehive!

Before we get into the ins and outs of creating the style, however, first, some interesting background on the hairstyle itself: After less voluminous styles took over the 1950s, beehive hair was a refreshing contrast. In the 1950s, styles like the bouffant, which focused more on the width of your hair rather than height, dominated the hair industry. The beehive hairstyle was a refreshing update since it emphasized the height of your style and didn’t require you to cut your hair shorter, as did the bouffant.

For a modern (and perhaps easier) twist on this classic look, we’re sharing several ways to rock a beehive hairdo, featuring a classic half-up, half-down combo, big birthday beehive, a ’60s-inspired look, and a cool beehive hairstyle for the holidays from the super-charming beauty blogger Dulce Candy.

Read on to check out how to master beehive hair with some help from our detailed tutorials:

Step 1

Start with clean hair.

Start with clean hair before you create your beehive. Try out Dove Nutritive Solutions Clarify & Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner. Make sure that your hair is completely dry before you start.

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Step 2

Use some hair oil.

Place some hair oil onto your palms. This will give you some much-needed ‘slip’ as you comb and tease your looks for your beehive hair. Remember a little goes a very long way. We love Nexxus Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox 5-in-1 Oil for the job.

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Step 3

Apply oil.

Apply the hair oil evenly throughout hair.

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Step 4

Work in sections.

Leave two strands of hair in the front of your face and lift up the middle section.

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Step 5

Tease hair with a comb.

Use a comb to tease the middle part of your hair upwards.

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Step 6

Continue to tease!

Tease your hair throughout the middle section until you achieve the desired height.

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Step 7

Direct hair to one side.

Continue to tease around your hair to form the shape of your half-up half-down beehive.

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Step 8

Smooth out the middle.

Use a brush to smooth out the teased section while taming any frizz.

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Step 9

Bring the front section towards the middle.

Using both hands, bring the front sections towards the middle. Once all sections have some lift, hold all three together as you twist each section of your hair together, creating a mini-bouffant. Pin your twisted strands together, covering and clipping the bottom part of your hair. Hold it together with a bobby pin. When everything is in place, finish everything up with some hairspray.

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birthday beehive
This ultra-glam 1960s-inspired style photographs well and is sure to be a hit! Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Step 1: Wash and condition.

Start off by washing and conditioning your hair with a volume-enhancing system, like TIGI Copyright Custome Care Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. This style depends on mega amounts of volume and even the thickest of hair will need all the help it can get.

Step 2: Blow-dry.

Blow-dry your hair with your head upside down. This will ensure that the roots dry away from your scalp, infusing more volume at the root.

Step 3: Tease hair.

Separate a small parted section at the front of your hairline, comb the rest towards the back of your head, and then begin teasing. Concentrate the teasing on the top half of your head and don’t hold back. The more volume, the better! We can reel it in later on.

Step 4: Comb hair back.

Using a brush, lightly comb the very top section of your teased hair and pull it into a high bun. The trick is to carefully shape the teased section and not disturb the style while creating the bun. Secure it with a hair tie.

Step 5: Lock it in!

Use some bobby pins to secure any stray hairs and spray the entire style with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Boost Hold Level 3 Hair Spray. Comb the front sections away from your face and tuck them behind your ears. Rock this glamorous birthday style with ease all night long!

Step 1

Start with clean, freshly-washed hair.

Beehive hairstyles are all about va-va-volume. Washing hair can remove any heavy buildup and sebum that might weigh down your lift. We like the moisture our strands get from Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo and Conditioner.

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Step 2

Apply a leave-in product.

A leave-in foam, like Nexxus Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox Conditioning Foam, helps give hair that much-needed shot of moisture and protection for pre-styling, all via a super airy, lightweight formula.

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Step 3

Blow-dry and create your part.

Blow-dry your hair till 90 percent dry, and use the end of a rat-tail comb to create a crisp side part.

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Step 4

Section off your fringe.

Section off your front hairline (or your fringe), to separate it from the rest of your hair.

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Step 5

Clip fringe up and out of the way.

Using a duckbill or darby clip, clamp your front fringe area out of the way for now.

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Step 6

Start teasing your crown.

Working in increments, pick up a section from your crown area just behind your fringe and start backcombing from end to root with a teasing brush.

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Step 7

Tease all sections.

Go across your head to the other side, being careful to tease all sections to (relatively) the same height.

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Step 8

Smooth out your bump.

Taking a flat, wide brush, gently smooth down your new bump, going from the root to mid-length.

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Step 9

Remove your front clip.

Unclip and gently comb through the fringe area.

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Step 10

Straighten out kinks with an iron.

The best beehive hairstyles have a completely flat hairline before the bump. Remove any kinks near your parting and your hairline by flat-ironing your front sections, but be careful to retain a slight curl at the ends.

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Step 11

Create a half-updo and pin back!

Using your fingers or the end of a rat-tail comb, section your hair into a half-updo and pin your hair back just below the bump. Dulce Candy cautions against pulling too tight, else you deflate your baby beehive!

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Step 12

Finish with hair spray.

The Sixties never scrimped on hairspray, and neither should you! It’s the best product to help keep all that volume in place while taming down any halo frizz and flyaways too. We love the non-crunchy yet firm hold we get from TRESemmé TRES Two Extreme Hold Hairspray.

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Step 13

Put on a sparkly accessory!

Take on some tinsel with a party-worthy headband. Nestled perfectly at the crease of your bump, it’s a dainty touch that adds some sparkle and pulls your entire look together.

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Step 14

Done!

Put on a pretty shift dress, and you’re ready to go-go!

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Step 1

Section hair.

Start with clean, center-parted hair, and divide it into four sections, secured with clips. The first two sections should start from the top of the ear and 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.

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Step 2

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 some TRESemmé Between Washes Volumizing Dry Shampoo at the roots. 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. 

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Step 3

Tease 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. The more you backcomb, the bigger your beehive will be! Use a mirror to double-check that you’ve styled the entire section and have no areas that aren’t lifted at the root.

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Step 4

Brush 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! 

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Step 5

Gather 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 ends of your hair and roll them under so it looks like a neat bun style. Secure into place using bobby pins. 

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Step 6

Pin up the lower section.

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

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Step 7

Style your tendrils.

Leave the front two sections of your hair loose to frame your face for a ’60s-inspired look. Alternatively, you can pin them loosely behind your ears.

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Step 8

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.

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1. Half-Up with Long Hair

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Your regular prom hairstyle, upgraded. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A backcombed half-updo plus side-swept bangs? Make this your next prom look.

2. Softly Rounded

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Look no further than this look for your next formal occasion.

A perfect way to infuse some ’60s-inspired volume into any wedding or formal hairstyle.

3. Short Beehive

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Tuck your fringe behind the ears for a smoothened look.

Short hair? No problem: Use bobby pins to pin up your blown-out hair, section by section.

4. Classic ’60s

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Pale pastel makeup complements the retro vibe. Photo credit: Dvora

Use a hair bumper (a true 1960s hair hack!) to get even more substantial volume at the crown.

5. Wispy

Victorian beehive hair
The trick is to keep it all soft and fluffy-looking.

Loose tendrils (plus that timeless storybook auburn shade) give a slightly Victorian take on the beehive.

6. Sleek

sleek beehive hair
The longer the hair, the sharper the contrast.

Nothing says ice-princess chic more than a sharp side part and a bumpy half-updo (with fur and diamonds, of course).

7. Tousled

tousled beehive hair
Use your fingers to create the pony for an even more natural feel. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A modern-day gal’s take on a classic: no-fuss parting and easy, natural volume up top.

8. Middle-Part Half-Updo

middle parted beehive hair
Such a cute, casual take on a classic look.

A center part makes the look even more approachable.

9. Middle-Part Half-Updo, Wavy

middle parted beehive hair wavy
Two ’90s-inspired loose wisps on the temples bring this look into the now.

Layer on some mermaid waves to that middle-parted beehive for an added dose of ladylike charm.

10. Beehive Bob

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A bob gets the retro treatment with some teasing up top. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Nothing is impossible with the right amount of firm-hold hairspray! We love the staying power of Suave Max Hold Aerosol Hairspray.

11. Pretty in Punk

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Loose, chunky ends add to the grit. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Salmon pink and loose around the ends? There are no rules.

12. Copper

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A gloss treatment gets you there. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Call us obsessed, but a half-updo beehive in a trending, shiny ginger hue? A showstopper.

13. Bangs with Ponytail

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Quirky-cool. Photo credit: Dvora

Hands-down our fave everyday way to style a bumped-up ’do this decade.

14. Crisp and Cropped

crisp and cropped beehive hair
Great for finer hair types.

Close-to-the-nape haircuts can achieve a beehive hair hack by teasing slightly at the crown and spraying the bangs to one side.

15. Curly Updo

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Romantic and casual!

Why not play with a slightly curly texture up top for some added interest?

16. Straight Base

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Use a fine-toothed comb for the smoothest slick.

A sharp, straight high hairline base gets some ‘60s beehive flavor when pulled into a high pony, which is then teased for volume and fashioned into a bun.

17. Uptown

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We love the slight curl at the ends, too. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

From the seamless fringe and hairline parting to the soft, dainty texture, this is the iconic beehive hair look of those ladies-who-lunch.

18. Bumpy Pony

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A shine hairspray gives that telltale gleam. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Tease the crown first, then gather all hair into a really low ponytail (like, kissing-the-nape low). Gently smooth the teased part over with a fine-toothed comb, then finish it off with a shine spray, like Bedhead by TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray.

19. Headband

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A touch of boho gives a modern feel.

Beehives in the summer? Why yes, please: A cute scarf or headband affords a boho, heat-friendly touch.

20. Bleached and Bouncy

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For all those casual clambakes, NBD. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Two words: hot rollers. Set hair in rollers, then create a high half-ponytail leaving the bang area free, splitting the pony in the middle for that center-parted effect. Finish off by creating a center part in the bang area and fluffing up those curls with a brush.

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Two side-updos (a bun and a pony) for more fun! Photo credit: Dvora

21. Magpie

This downtown take on the beehive involves creating a side bun on the upper half and a low, side-swept ponytail.

22. Beribboned

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The contrast of a beehive with a bomber is also a great idea.

A classic black ribbon gives choker-like feels to this otherwise precious hairstyle.

23. Hair Sponge

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Have finer hair? Never fear: Use a hair sponge close to your base color to create fullness at the crown, and camouflage any seams with your fringe. Click here for a quick hair sponge tutorial!

24. Soft and Low-Key

soft and low key beehive hair
Perfect for weddings, parties, and anywhere else you need to look fancy!

Instead of teasing, simply create a loose, low chignon—then use the end of a rat-tail comb to purposefully pick underneath the crown for a more controlled “bump.”

25. Accessorized

Accessorized beehive hair
Feel like a retro princess with the right sparkly accessory.

Pick the sparkliest, most feminine accessory you can find (we’re partial to rhinestoned anything)—yes, even a baby tiara!—and nestle it in the middle of your beehive for that good ol’ Hollywood princess touch.

26. Leather Headband

Leather Headband beehive hair
High and low!

On the flipside, grunge up your beehive by leaving the lengths loose and shimmying up a skinny leather or satin headband at the base.

27. Retro Blown-Out

Blown-Out beehive hair
The blown-out finish looks so sophisticated paired with some volume on the crown.

Can you say divine? We love the beehive effect on loose, straight, blown-out hair—so luscious.

28. Sweet and Wavy

sweet and wavy beehive hair
Perfect with a strapless or off-shoulder top.

A crowd-pleasing wedding look for all seasons.

29. Scarf

Scarf beehive hair
A light chiffon scarf gives a pretty ribbon effect.

Another scarfed look, only this time, loosely tied around. Bonus points for matching ’60s-friendly pastel eyeliner.

30. French Bombshell

French Bombshell beehive hair
It’s the bumpy bangs that take the look one notch higher.

For those days you’re biking along the French Riviera in the summer because hey, why not?

 

 

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