Tutorial: How to Create Beehive Hair in 4 Modern Ways

All Things Hair | 23 November 2018
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Big hair sure looks good on you!

Looking back on our fabulous history of hair, it’s pretty astonishing what people used to do to create such distinctive and unique styles. The amount of time, focus and skill that went into some hairstyles and haircuts is definitely something 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 style that we’ve seen creep back into our current landscape is the beehive. Popular in the ’60s, the beehive hair is all about its signature conical shape piled neatly on top of the head—much like the shape of an actual beehive.

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

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:

Look 1: How to Create a Half-Up Beehive Hairdo

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Start with clean hair.

Start with clean hair before you create your beehive. Try out Nexxus Diametress Rebalancing Shampoo and the Nexxus Diametress Restoring Conditioner. Make sure that your hair is completely dry before you start.

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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.

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Apply oil.

Apply the hair oil evenly throughout hair.

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Work in sections.

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

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Tease your hair with a comb.

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

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Continue to tease.

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

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Tease to the side.

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

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Smooth out the middle section.

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

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Bring front section towards 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.

Look 2: A Glamorous Birthday Beehive Hairdo

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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 Bed Head by TIGI Fully Loaded Massive Volume Shampoo and Bed Head by TIGI Fully Loaded Massive Conditioner. This style depends on mega amounts of volume and even the most voluminous strands will need all the help they can get.


Step 2: Blow-dry your hair.

Apply a dollop of the Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse and blow-dry your hair with your head upside down. This will ensure that the roots dry away from your scalp, encouraging the anti-gravity effect of this style.


Step 3: Tease your hair.

Separate a small parted section at the front of your hairline, comb the rest towards the back of your head and 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 your 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 TRES Two Freeze Hold Hairspray. Comb the front sections away from your face and tuck them behind your ears. Rock this glamorous birthday style with ease all night long!


Look 3: Modern Beehive Hairstyles by Dulce Candy

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Start with clean, freshly washed hair.

Beehive hairstyles are all about va-va-volume. Washing hair can remove it of 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 Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Conditioner.

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Apply a leave-in product.

A leave-in foam, like Nexxus New York Salon Care Hydra-Light Leave-In 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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Blow-dry your hair, then 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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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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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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Start teasing your crown section.

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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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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Smoothen 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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Remove your front clip.

Unclip and gently comb through the fringe area.

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Straighten out any kinks with an iron.

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

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Create a half-updo and pin it 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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Finish with hairspray.

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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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 holiday sparkle and pulls your entire look together.

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

Look 4: How to Create ’60s Beehive Hair

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Section your 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 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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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 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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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. 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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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! 

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

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

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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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Hold the look in place.

This is definitely not a look that can afford to lose any volume. Spray with a firm hold hairspray to set your volume in place. Work from the front section of your hair backwards, concentrating on your beehive.

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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.

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