Talkin’ ’bout Beehive hairdos

Hairstyles are a great indicator of the times, and the beehive is no exception. Straight from the 60s, this hairdo,
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Hairstyles are a great indicator of the times, and the beehive is no exception. Straight from the 60s, this hairdo, famous for its teased high-rise look, was a huge fashion statement, and many women would spend hours making theirs as big as possible.

The popular hairstyle was developed in 1960 by Margaret Vinci Heldt, who won the National Coiffure Championship in 1954. She was asked by the editors of Modern Beauty Salon magazine to design a new hairstyle that would reflect the coming decade.

There was a bit of a technique to make your hair into a beehive. You had to use a comb and back comb your hair to create a knotted effect. Then you’d lightly comb over it to smooth it down.

You might remember girl group The Ronettes, who helped popularise the hairdo. Back then women were already backcombing their hair into big styles with the bouffant trend, however the longer-lasting beehive was better as women would sleep with it in!

In the 1960s, a popular urban legend claimed that women with beehives were dying because spiders or other deadly bugs took up residence in the hive. has declared this legend false.

Creator Heldt once said, “Everybody wanted the beehive, even women with real, real short hair.

“They looked more like anthills than a beehive then they got bigger and bigger and became hornets nests.”

“It’s kind of nice to know maybe in my own way I was able to give something to my profession that became a classic,” she said. “It still has a touch of glamour doesn’t it?

Let’s take a look at some fun photos of the hairdressing trend that still exists today:

Joan Collins shared this pic of her sister Jackie:

My sister @jackiejcollins and I with my first born @taranewley…and massive #Beehive ! #ThrowbackThursday

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A sexy example of the beehive

A photo posted by Amanda (@somevelvetmorningx) on

Girls are still doing it today!

A photo posted by Lauren Perry (@luckyzombie84) on

These women sure knew how to get noticed!

A photo posted by ❤CHER❤ (@chula_cher) on

Kate Pierson from the B-52s (a band named after beehives!)

A photo posted by Melba Toast (@geezmelbatoast) on

Beehives were passed down the generations

A photo posted by camillepalmer (@camillepalmer) on

Dolly Parton even loved the style

A photo posted by Amanda (@somevelvetmorningx) on

Did you wear a beehive? Was it hard for you to do?

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    As well those awful nylon wigs.

  2. Andrea Taylor  

    I was a sixty’s chic and a hairdresser apprentice,so you can imagine what type of styles and colors i had, I use to wrap my hair in toilet paper at night to keep it in place. HA! HA! HA!

  3. I used to be able to keep mine up for around four to five days if I was careful. I used to wrap it in a light scarf at night and then tease it out with a tail comb in the morning. Those combs were marvellous for scratching my head when the stacks of hair spray made it too stiff to get a finger in the hive 🙂

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