Easy to recreate and environmentally-friendlier than the original, we promise!
We’re never not here for a great throwback, and this pretty, ’60s-era vintage half up hair look definitely makes the list. A half-updo is both a stylish and practical day-to-night look (especially in muggier weather!), and with the beehive also being a buzzy micro-trend we’re loving this season, it just makes this hairstyle a clear yes all around.
A quick background on the beehive: We first enjoyed this iconic look back when it initially shot to popularity in the 1960s. A definitive hairstyle of the mod era, it was a look created by a Chicago hairstylist as one best representative of the coming decade, as well as something that didn’t leave her with hat hair (she modeled the bump after fez hat she owned, and tailored the height of the “hive” to fill in the void inside it). It entailed a lot of backcombing to create that telltale bump… and a lot of hairspray to hold everything together. The result was a shellacked, somewhat high-maintenance hairstyle that was quite the production to recreate, which is why a lot of women had it professionally done and even slept on it for days to maximize its payoff.
You’d think this highly elaborate look wouldn’t stand the test of time, what with modern life requiring us to be done and ready in as short an amount of time as possible. But vintage half up hair, just like most success stories, has evolved to fit the times: This lower-maintenance, more natural version is one that doesn’t need a glam squad—or have you be at risk as a walking fire hazard—to make its point. Scroll on below for an easy-to-wear version of the ’60s bumpy half-beehive:
Tutorial: Vintage Half Up Hair
Start on clean, freshly washed hair.
Apply a serum.
Curl your hair.
Create a center part.
Separate the front hairline.
Refresh with dry shampoo.
Pin it in place.
Comb the base.
Pin your hairline back.
Secure into the original knot.
Finish with hairspray.
Loved this mod-inspired vintage half up hair look and looking for more cool throwbacks? Check out some grunge-inspired looks we love from the ’90s.