The History of the 60s Beehive Hair Style!
When you think about hair styles of the 1960’s you instantly think of the beehive. A hairstyle that was sky high and absolutely fabulous, a powerful look! The Beehive emerged in the 1960s, an era of back-combing and setting lotion, when hairsprayed hairdos were a “do”. A style that has become iconic and is still worn by many women today.
This Beehive was created by hairstylist Margaret Vinci Heldt who one evening was experimenting with different hairstyles on a hair mannequin. She was aiming for a style that could be worn with a Jackie O-esque black velvet and red-lace fez hat that she had on hand.
Hedt styled this hair style for a feature in a magazine. At the photo shoot for the feature, Heldt felt something was lacking in her new look. “I took a little ornament off the hat, made of black denim, I put it in the model’s hair, and it looked just like a bee,” she said at America’s Beauty Show in 2012. “The editor said, ‘Margaret! That looks just like a beehive. Could we call it a beehive?’ I said, ‘You could call it whatever you want!’ And so, the beehive was born!
The Beehive became a signature hairstyle for many ladies, this elaborate style once created could last for days and days thanks to the backcombing and hairspray. Some of our favourite ladies who have rocked the beehive and helped make it famous has to be Brdigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn in the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s look.
Even today, almost 50 years on since the creation of the beehive it is a hugely popular style and has been re-born thanks to celebrities such as Amy Winehouse and Adele.