The country was in the throes of postwar expansion and newfound prosperity. Millions of baby boomers were being born, and people were moving to the suburbs in droves. The population was simultaneously introduced to McCarthyism, atomic power, rock and roll, AND TV dinners. Behind the conventional façade, people were dealing with some big things (have you seen monster movies from the 1950s?). However, for the most part, they still kept things pretty orderly in the hair department.
Boss Hairstyles of the 1950s
Short and Wavy
The key word for feminine hairstyles in the 1950s was “curls,” which meant most girls and women had to deal with home permanents, curlers, and other time-consuming hair care products. But it was worth it if you could look like Marilyn.
James Dean and Elvis Presley? You couldn’t get much cooler than that. This look is still beloved by rockabilly fans the world over.
The Poodle Cut
Made popular by Lucille Ball, this glamorous curly hairdo is one of two in this list to incorporate an animal into its name.
The Side Part
We’re guessing that lots of Brylcreem was needed with this style.
The Italian Cut
As with a number of these hairdos, this look was brought to the mainstream by movie stars. They made this ‘do seem much more effortless than it probably was.
This pompadour variant was named for its resemblance to the back of a duck (really – just look at it). Any guy wanting to maintain this hairstyle had to pull out a comb on at least an hourly basis.
The Crew Cut
Beloved by those who didn’t want to waste time with drying or styling. Or combs.
What 1950s hairstyles have we forgotten?
Image source links:
- Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell
- James Dean
- Elvis Presley
- Lucille Ball
- Betty Grable
- Johnny Carson
- Elizabeth Taylor
- Ivy Nicholson
- ducktail rear view
- Neil Armstrong