The sixties was a magical time when it comes to style. Just picture it: Jackie Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot, and Sharon Tate were in their prime, discovering and setting beauty milestones we still live by today. While their makeup choices were certainly notable, it's their hair that has our attention this year. To make our case, we've rounded up 25 '60s-inspired hairstyles worth weaving into your routine in 2021. Keep scrolling for all the retro inspiration you need.
Smooth & Voluminous
We don't know about you, but we can't wait to copy Swedish actress and singer Britt Ekland's 1969 'do, like, ASAP. The middle part, bouffant crown, and smooth lengths make for an ethereal style that looks as dreamy now as it did back then. When recreating the look, be sure to use an anti-frizz spray and light-hold hairspray to lock the semi-sleek style in place.
The higher the hair, the closer to heaven, right? That was the mindset in the 60s when beehives made their way into the mainstream. With a heavily-coiffed crown and smooth front layers pulled around to the back that always looked perfectly tailored, this style became a mainstay in women's beauty routines worldwide. Keeping the hair's natural texture intact is a great way to give this classic style a modern twist.
Headbands might be huge now, but we owe it to Brigitte Bardot for cementing them as a style statement in the 60s. Her padded headband went on to inspire the very ones we can't stop swooning over more than 50 years later. Talk about iconic.
Motown girl group The Shirelles had a good thing going with their wispy baby bangs on this album cover. Today, you could pair these with a shaggy, shoulder-length bob for the perfect touch of mod.
Vidal Sassoon Pixie Cut
Short hair became a go-to in the 60s. One such style was the Vidal Sassoon pixie, which was created by British hairstylist Vidal Sassoon. It featured geometric edges that became a hit all over the world while super out-there for the time. Once Mia Farrow rocked the style, it was a spiral of everyone and their mother wanting to do the same. And thus, the demand for short, chic hairstyles began.
The late Sharon Tate proved that heavily-styled strands weren't a must. Instead, you could rock loose, free-flowing curls and make just as big of an impact. Of course, the trick is to use a strong-hold hairspray that will keep your loose curls from falling flat.
This smooth, rolling updo was popular for its smooth texture and versatile nature. It featured the height of a beehive and curls' allure, making it a more feminine take on the high-as-heaven 'do. The retro flair has been seen on Hollywood red carpets and in vintage-inspired pin-ups, proving it's a classic style you simply can't go wrong with.
The Hollywood Flipped Bob
Jane Fonda flaunted another short style that quickly caught on to the mainstream. Enter: the Hollywood Flipped Bob. It featured subtle waves from the part to sharp, upturned ends. Here, the actress is shown wearing the cut in 1962, though it remained popular throughout the decade.
Aretha Franklin Tribute
Aretha Franklin's flipped bob further inspired women everywhere to opt for a semi-short style—only she urged them to add an accessory to the mix. This is particularly great for present-day inspo, considering, as we all know by now, headbands are back and bigger than ever.
The Loose Beehive
Raquel Welch was the epitome of jaw-dropping beauty in the 60s. Here, she's seen wearing a loose beehive with face-framing tendrils. The style's height is what made it so notable, and to keep the oomph alive, it required more than a little hairspray. Fortunately, if you were to recreate this look today, hairspray formulas are much more evolved and can ensure a long-lasting style all day (and night) long.
Full and Cropped
Before her voluminous curls were her signature, Diana Ross cropped bob was her go-to look during her time with the Supremes. We bet more than a bit of back-combing happened for that gorgeous fullness.
The trick to creating the look is to use hot rollers or wide-barrel (2" or more) irons and lock the look in place with a strong-hold hairspray.
Half-Up Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot was responsible for making the beehive famous in all its forms—from fully done-updos to half-up styles. She was even known to work in an accessory now and again. Here, one of her signature styles has been recreated with a slim black bow and loosely-crimped mids and ends. To say we're obsessed is an understatement.
Rita Moreno's curls make this short shag extra sexy. Keep them tight like this to show your face, or have them cut a little longer for more of a rock-n-roll vibe.
The First Lady Flipped Bob
Just like the Hollywood flipped bob, first lady Jackie O's short flounce inspired swarms of women to head to the salon. Her flipped bob was just a tad longer than Jane Fonda's, though both embraced the same idea: Smooth strands coiffed with extra volume at the crown and surrounding the temples. The result was nothing short of demure and continues to inspire women looking for a tailored style (look at Nest Fragrances founder Laura Slatkin).
The high, voluminous ponytail we've seen endlessly on Ariana Grande has retro roots. Here, Eartha Kitt rocks one with a braid in her famous turn as Catwoman in the 60s Batman series. (The ears are optional for everyday wear.)
Half-Up Middle Part
This half-up bouffant was seen on every corner in the 1960s. It was simple and stylish and looked totally put together. Best of all, it's a fairly easy style to bring to life, which made it accessible for anyone and everyone.
Bangs and Length
With so many curls and updos, you may have thought that straight strands didn't have a place in the 60s, but think again. Straight, seemingly-air-dried strands were an effortless fashion statement, like actress Akiko Wakabayashi rocks her in her turn as Bond girl Aki in You Only Live Twice. Pair them with heavy bangs and even better. Nowadays, with long hair being such a staple, it's super simple to recreate this look.
In 1968, at the height of the civil rights movement, the afro made its first appearance. The style was (and still is) characterized by natural lengths coiffed upwards and outwards, often using gel, cream, or hairspray to help hold it in place. Soul singer Nina Simone often wore her hair this way; It exploded in the 70s, becoming one of the most popular natural styles.
The 60s were also a time when pulling your bangs back first became a thing. While pulled-back bangs were more recently popular in the early aughts, the 60's rocked the look more stylishly, pairing the poof with ultra-voluminous mids and ends, as opposed to super-straight lengths. The result is nothing short of glamorous.
TV actress Nichelle Nichols gave us a few stunning style moments in her run as Uhura on Star Trek, but our favorite is this sleek pompadour, which is the perfect combination of futuristic and chic. Live long and pomp.
The Beatles might have brought the mop-top to the forefront, but it soon translated to female styles, as well. The messy bowl cut focused volume to the head's top and crown, with slightly uneven ends for a less uniform end look. It was messy-chic and continues to be a request in modern-day salons.
Side-Swept Bombshell Bangs
Diann Carroll showcased another hairstyle that boomed in the 60s: side-swept bombshell bangs. The major swoop is a great way to frame the face and add softness to any haircut.
By now, it's clear that flipped-out and flipped-under styles were a staple of the 60s. Add hair clips to the mix, and you have yourself another style that was worn endlessly in the 60s. Given the accessories craze and sleek obsession in modern times, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing this trend pop up on social feeds everywhere.
Sleek Center Part
Miss Ross the Boss shows us another great style from the 60s that could easily be translated for today: a sleek, straight bob with a center part.
Pigtails and Curtain Bangs
Midway through the 60s, Brigitte Bardot introduced playful pigtails into the mix. She wrapped bows around each hair section to add an even more feminine take on the carefree style. Paired with curtain bangs, it was nothing short of youthful and fun.