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Classic 1960s Bouffant

THE LOOK

This is the most chic updo to come out of the 1960s. The beauty of this timeless classic is its stylish versatility. Perfect for a black-tie soirée or an important event, but also a great choice for ork, this style’s got it covered. Of course, the bouffant is best suited to the vintage ’60s look, so think pencil skirts, simple straight dresses, and beautiful earrings. Also known as the beehive, this style originated in the 1950s and became iconic in the 1960s. Celebrities, notably Brigitte Bardot, favored the beehive style and made it extremely popular in the United States, where it was commonly styled using a fork!

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

Yes, the more hair the better for this style.

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

No

ACCESSORIES

A wide satin headband is the perfect hair accessory to finish off the front of your bouffant. For an evening look, add a tiara!

TRY THIS

Leave this style relaxed and messy, with lots of volume at the top. You can modernize the bouffant with subtle volume, or wear your hair half down.

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Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Christina Butcher.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Hair clip
  • Bobby pins or hairpins
  • Comb
  • Bristle brush
  • Hairspray

HOW TO GET IT Classic 1960s Bouffant

1). Part your hair from ear to ear at the back and clip the top section up. Take the bottom section of hair and twist it to the right into a low pony.

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2). Flip your pony up and keep twisting your hair into a French twist (see pages 130–131). Tuck the ends of your hair inside the twist and pin in place with bobby pins.

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3). Backcomb the top section. Start at the crown and use a comb or fine bristle brush to tease your hair at the roots until it’s almost standing up on its own. Use the fine bristle brush to smooth over the front layer.

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4). Roll the ends of the top portion of hair around and under to form the base of your bouffant. Position it above the French twist and pin in place using bobby pins or hairpins.

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5). Pin back the sides of your hair and make sure the top of your bouffant is smooth. If you have bangs, you can leave them loose or pin them back by your ear. Finish with lots of hairspray, just like they did in the 1960s. This will help your bouffant last all day and all night!

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TOP TIP : To achieve huge volume in the bouffant, you’ll need to use product on your hair to add structure and hold. If you have fine or soft hair, apply a volumizing  mousse and use a blowdryer to set it into your hair. If your bouffant isn’t holding, just keep backcombing and use more hairspray!

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