Hip and Square Hairstyles of the 1960s

May 25, 2017 · CLASSMATES FUN

You could safely say that a lot happened in the 1960s. It was also an interesting time for hair. In the U.S., there was a big stylistic divide between the early part of the decade and the countercultural movement that dominated the second half. Take a peek at yearbook photos from 1962 and from 1968, and you’ll see what we mean. Not surprisingly, the early ‘60s looked a lot like the ‘50s, with bouffant hairdos and crewcuts all over the place. Things loosened up quite a bit in a few short years, though.

We’re still kind of wishing that the beehive would make a comeback.

Audrey Hepburn – © AP; Matthew Rutledge/Flickr

The Beehive

The goal with this gravity-defying style seemed to be to get your hair to be as tall as possible. We can’t imagine that anyone was happy to sit behind these people at the movies.

Classmates; Farrah Fawcett - Classmates archive

The Flipped Bob

Before another hairstyle made her famous, even Farrah Fawcett wore this quintessential 1960s ‘do.

Tom Selleck & Terry Bradshaw - Classmates archive

The Crew Cut

As long hair and rock & roll grew in popularity, this cut started to go out of fashion, but plenty of guys still sported this low-maintenance look.

iStock; Goldie Hawn – Classmates archive

The Bouffant

There was sometimes a fine line between the bouffant and the beehive. This was the less voluminous of the two.

Fred MacMurray – Wikimedia Creative Commons; Classmates

Dad Hair

Seen on TV and also on lots of regular guys (for teens, this was mostly on picture day).

Pam Dawber – Classmates archive; Diana Ross – Wikimedia Creative Commons

The Bob

This hairdo had a resurgence of popularity in the ‘60s as a welcome departure from some of the more high-maintenance styles of the decade (we’re looking at you, bouffant).

Janis Joplin – Wikimedia Creative Commons; iStock

Hippie Hair

As the counterculture movement gained momentum, so did this androgynous look. Not coincidentally, this is also around the time you started hearing “Get a haircut!” a lot more.

Beatles – RV1864/Flickr; spablab/Flickr

The Mop Top

Although they weren’t the first to wear it, the Beatles made this style extremely popular for a certain segment of the population. It was viewed as scandalously long by some, if you can believe it.



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