Hairstyles Worn in the Sixties

By Grace Covelli

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Hair, what's a woman to do without it? Why is hair important to a woman, and even to some men? Not all men consider their own hair important, though, and will shave their heads bald for various reasons. The bald head seems to be acceptable these days and is even considered attractive by many women, but it doesn't seem fair that when a man shaves his head it's considered "sexy", and when a woman's hair falls out she might as well pray her boyfriend goes blind before their next date.

With all this attention put on hair, it's interesting to watch hairstyles change over the years. I believe change can be a good thing, especially when it comes to hairstyles. Take the hairstyles of the sixties for example.

When women of the early sixties tossed their teasing combs aside to welcome in new hairstyles, nothing could have been better for all those heads of hair that suffered the trauma of teasing. Many women wound up with a head full of split ends because they teased their hair too much.

Really, when you think about, how healthy could running a fine-tooth-comb through the hair be when the direction of the run was towards the scalp instead of in the natural direction in which the hair grows? The technique called teasing was used to get the bouffant or beehive look (bouffant meaning puffy and beehive meaning, well, a retreat for a bee colony).

The act of creating a mountain of knots on top of the head by teasing the hair and then covering the mess afterwards with hair that was intentionally left out of the brutal attack was a common occurrence during the sixties. Big hair was the style then, and many women unknowingly caused severe damage to their locks in the process of styling their hair to make their hair look big.

A comb used for the purpose of teasing wasn't the only assault weapon used in the early sixties, though. No Bouffant hairstyle or beehive was complete without a few shots of hairspray to keep the hair in place. With all that hair abuse going on, it was a blessing that other hairstyles started to emerge at that time -- styles such as:

The French Twist: A hairstyle where the hair is gathered up into an unsecured ponytail, rolled and pinned up against the back of the head.

The Flip: A hairstyle that requires the ends of the hair be set in rollers so that they will flip up.

The Boyish Cut: A very short haircut inspired by a model by the name of Twiggy.

The Beatle's Cut: A man's haircut where the hair covers the ears and forehead, and the back ends midway down the neck.

The Afro: A hairdo approximately one to three inches in length where very curly hair puffs out from the scalp and conforms to the shape of the head.

The way people wore their hair in the early sixties changed significantly later on in the sixties. Pictures of models with long, free-flowing hair graced the covers of magazines and inspired women to copy this look. Long, straight hair styled its way into the hearts of women who would go so far as to iron their hair in an effort to make it look straight. Men liked the look of long hair as well and started to wear their hair long too.

Hair, long and beautiful hair. Yes, in the sixties hair was big -- big in more ways than one.


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