Dynamic is one word that best describes the sixties. Ridden with a lot of change, this was an era that can be considered as a turning point. When we hear 1960s, we are immediately reminded of hippies, feminism, gay rights and so much more: this is probably why, fashion-wise, this era has been a constant source of inspiration and continues to be as 1960s fashion lingers as a trend.
Another thing about the 60s that made its mark is the hairstyles women wore. One example of a style that continues to resonate is the bouffant: the big and volumized hair can be considered as a reflection of the empowerment of women during this era. And while the decade had a number of defining hairstyles, it’s the bouffant styles that 2013 is most fixated on.
After the break, a look at the key 1960s-inspired hairstyles for 2013.
1960s bouffant hairstyles
What is a bouffant?
A bouffant hairstyle translates to a big hairstyle. To get this hairstyle the hair is teased leaving the crown of the hair looking really full or volumized. Today, bouffant hairstyles come in a variety of shapes and sizes but the effect remains the same: they exude confidence and class. On the runway for spring 2013 we’ve seen a number of key shows indulge in elegant, retro-inspired bouffants – most of them include a deep side part and plenty of volume.
1960s hair at Marc Jacobs
Staying true to the bouffant of the 60s, this hairstyle is teased on the crown of the head but what makes it different is the shape of the bouffant. The egg-like shape gives out a more modern and sleeker vibe as opposed to the traditional 60s bouffant.
Bouffant hair at Marc Jacobs
60s hair at Louis Vuitton
Cute and quirky, this take on the bouffant features a headband with a bow. The hair is teased on the back part of the crown while bangs were recreated by making a side part and then bringing a section of hair across the forehead. The headband is then put into place right before where the volumized part of the hair starts.
60s bouffant hair with bow at Louis Vuitton
Moschino’s 60s sex-kitten bouffant
Going for a sexier and bombshell look, Moschino created a bouffant look that has some curls in it. The hair is teased as usual and the the hair is tied into a half-pony. The effect is sophisticated yet sensual because of the curls that frame the face. When paired with big false lashes, the retro beauty effect is stronger than ever.
Glamorous 1960s bouffant hair at Moschino
1960s beehive hair at Oscar De La Renta
This hairstyle is Holly Golightly with a twist – literally. Instead of just teasing the hair, more volume and style is given to this look by twisting the hair on top of the head where the bouffant is. Making this hairstyle stand out even more is the highlighted part of the twist. This pop of color is very 60s, very feminine and very chic; though of course as far as the trend goes, you could just as easily create a bouffant beehive style without the streaks of bold colour.
60s inspired beehive hair at Oscar de la Renta
Non-bouffant 60s hairstyles
If you are not a bouffant person, then you can just go with a flatter, simpler – yet still very 1960s inspired hairstyle.
This 60s headband twist was spotted at the Erin by Erin Fetherston show. A modern take on the 60s hairstyle, this look is really easy to do and can go with almost anything. If you have no time to tease your hair yet still want a sixties look then this is for you. Follow the how-to guide for the twisted headband hairstyle at that link.
Other 1960s hairstyle tutorials
Bouffant ’60s hair meets bed hair, for a brilliant result. This style works wonderfully on shorter hair as well as long, so don’t overlook it as a stand-out style for spring that’s retro and yet perfectly now. Recreate the slept in retro hair for yourself by following that link.
This half-up, half-down Brigitte Bardot bouffant hairstyle is so timeless you can wear it year after year. Go for plenty of volume for a truly Bardot-esque look, or keep it neutral for an everyday, modern take. Follow the link for a detailed how-to guide on creating it for yourself.
A low ponytail with a 1960s aura, this is one style that you can wear any time. Simple to create and undeniably chic, you can create your own 1960s ponytail by following the guide at that link.
As the bob evolves, so too does the mod bob continue to inspire. Plenty of texture and volume make this a 60s hairstyle of beautiful proportions. Follow the link for haircut and styling tips.
The sixties will always have a special place in our hearts and the hairstyles from this era are ones well worth taking inspiration from. After all, the 60s brought about so many changes and its only fair that we pay homage to this wonderful era.