Tutorial: 60s Hairstyles You Can Re-Create in No Time

Some of our favorite 1960s hairstyles that you can easily create.

how to create 60s hairstyles

Hair Types

Sometimes all we need is a change of perspective when it comes to our hair. If you’re not ready for a drastic haircut or to try out the latest color trend, you may want to consider a subtle nod to another era by trying out a vintage 60s hairstyles. The ’60s were all about adding softness and volume to hairstyles and accessorizing too.

Keep reading to check out some of our favorite 1960s hairstyles featuring two easy-to-master hair tutorials to help you to recreate these looks in no time:

Vintage 1960s Hairstyles We Love Today

The following vintage hairstyles are elegant, easy, and ready to make a statement.Get inspired by these modern takes on classic 1960s hairstyles.

1. Soft Curls

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This quick hack will help you turn regular curls into a classic vintage style.

60s hairstyles for short hair are all about bouncy and defined curls. To achieve this look, wrap one-inch sections around your curling iron in the direction of your face, and hold each one coiled in your hand for thirty seconds as it cools.

2. Voluminous Updo

60s hairstyles rolled updo
Volume is the name of the game with this style.

Roll your locks into a fanned-out updo at the top of your head and create a

matching swoop with your bangs. The secret to a ’60s-inspired, gravity-defying updo like this is immediately finishing off the style with the right hairspray. Try Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray for a long-lasting hold.

3. Sleek Updo

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Pair minimal volume with major shine.

Looking for 60s hairstyles for long hair? Check out this fun style that’s all about sleek, pulled-back hair, thanks to hair gel. To achieve this look, apply a dime-sized amount of TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel throughout your hair before sweeping it up into a high updo. This formula will work to make your hair shiny and help you nail this sleek look.

5. High Flipped Ponytail

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Go for a trendy wig ponytail look.

A flipped-out high ponytail was a popular look in the ’60s. Thanks to some of our favorite celebs, we’ve seen this look come back in style recently. You can make it even more unique by adding pops of color or hair accessories.

6. Beehive Hairstyle

Give a classic beehive a modern twist.

A beehive is one of those hairstyles that practically define the 1960s. Go for a modern approach to this style by adding face-framing pieces to your look.

Tutorial 1: Bombshell 1960s Hairstyle Half-Updo

The 60s half-updo is a glamorous, all-season look that’s as straightforward as it is retro-fabulous. We also think that there’s no time like the present to experiment with this particular hairstyle, as top knots and high ponies seem to be having a moment in the spotlight these days. We like this style paired with a soft bend at the ends courtesy of a curling iron, or even from just a few slick flicks of the wrist while drying with a round brush.


Start with clean, freshly washed hair.

Washing hair with a shine-enhancing, moisturizing shampoo helps contribute to your locks’ sheen. We love the nourishment we get from Suave Professionals Avocado + Olive Oil Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner. Rinse well and gently towel-dry. Hair hack: You can also try blotting hair with a paper towel for a quick and gentle drying experience.

60s half updo with clean hair

Blow-dry your hair.

Power-dry your hair with a blow dryer till at least 90% dry. To do so, first, wiggle the nozzle all around your hair, then when the hair is just barely damp, start sectioning it off. Finish the blowdrying process by taking hair around a round brush and tugging it outward and downward in a non-continuous motion, focusing the airflow downwards as well.

blowdry your 60s half updo

Create your half-pony.

Brush hair to detangle any knots and to soften up any curls that are too “done.” Using the end of a rat-tail comb, section off the hair on the very crown of your head and gather it into a ponytail. Secure with a neutral-colored hair tie. Ed’s tip: Loop a sliver of hair around your hair tie for a more sophisticated, runway-inspired look, and tuck it into the seams with a bobby pin.

create your 60s half updo pony

Separate your curls.

If your hands have any leftover product, lightly run your fingers through your curls to further soften and separate them. Otherwise, simply finger-comb hair to impart some last-minute definition.

60s hairstyles tutorial separate your curls


You’re all set! Accessorize this super-charming hairstyle with some on-trend bell sleeves and a metallic gold hair barrette.

how to create 60s hairstyles with a half-up hairstyle

And for a classic take on 1960 hairstyles, check out this updo featuring a retro-chic headband and a classic technique: teasing! Whether you’re looking for a new hair idea or inspired by retro hairstyles, this look is definitely one to try. Read on to discover how to enhance your hair with one of our favorite 60s hairstyles.

Tutorial 2: How to Create 60s Hairstyles

The beehive is another classic 60s hairstyle. However, it’s best to note that this look is easiest worn on straight to wavy hair, just ’cause the beehive effect is more pronounced on these hair types. You can also personalize this 60s half updo with a side-swept bang or curtained fringe—a totally charming addition, dare we say—to drive that vintage sexpot point home. (Monochrome peach makeup and some embellished sleeves provide the perfect—and wildly trending—foil for this hairstyle too.) So excited for your guys to read our step-by-step tutorial and try this look out yourself!


Start clean and tease your hair.

Before you start your style, make sure that you wash and condition your hair. After your hair is air-dried or blow-dried, brush your hair and then separate into three sections. Grab the middle section and comb upward with the teasing method.

60s hairstyles tutorial: tease your hair

Grab the front sections.

Grab the other two sections of your hair, leaving the middle section free.

60s hairstyles tutorial: grab your hair

Create a low ponytail.

Leave two strands out in the front of your face as you grab your hair to create a low ponytail.

60s hairstyles tutorial: create a ponytail

Swoop your hair underneath.

Grab a section of your hair from the pony and swoop it underneath your hair.

60s hairstyles tutorial: swoop your hair

Pin your hair in place.

Use a small clip or a bobby pin to hold your hair together as you pin your hair underneath. Use some hairspray like the Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray.

60s hairstyles tutorial: pin your hair in place


Have fun with your look as you let front tendrils of your face hang loose. You can also enhance this look by adding a headband for a chic and modern update.

how to create 60s hairstyles with a headband

Are you thinking about trying out one of these 60s styles? Be sure to snap a picture and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!

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