31 Cute ’60s Hairstyles for all the Vintage Hair Lovers

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

60s hairstyles are making a comeback! I’ll be the first to admit that I’m trailing miles behind the bandwagon, but I recently began watching Mad Men and I’m officially hooked. Like, the kind of hooked where I felt it necessary to go home early from a party and watch five (okay, maybe it was seven) consecutive episodes before going to bed at 2:47 a.m. (but only because my tablet battery died and I couldn’t muster the strength to get the charger). Ahem.

Anyway, like others who’ve gotten sucked into this ’60s drama TV show, I’ve quickly developed an obsession with the makeup, costumes, and, naturally, the glorious hair. Especially hairstyles in the 60s like the beehive, pin curls, Brigitte Bardot, and more.

So, when I visited the Hair Dresser on Fire blog a few days ago and the first thing I saw was a “60s Hair Headband” tutorial (found below), I was instantly inspired to do a roundup of wearable sixties hairstyles.

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#1: Polished Curtain Bangs Shag 60’s Haircut

This modern ’60s-inspired hairstyle features parted bangs and face-framing layers. Haircuts like this are amazing for women who want low-maintenance from day to day, but can also have it styled and polished when need be. This haircut, which is like a modern version of the classic 60s long hair worn by Raquel Welch and Jane Fonda, looks amazing with natural hair texture and minimal styling. However, if you’re not ready for layers and movement, don’t consider this 60’s hairstyle.

Curtain bangs are great for women who want a new style without having to fully commit to a fringe. They are very versatile and can be worn side-swept or down the middle. They are also very easy to grow out if you don’t love them. To style 60s-inspired hairstyles like this,  use a round brush blowout with Dallas thickening spray by R+Co to add texture. Stay away from products that can weigh your hair down since you want max volume with a lot of movement.

#2: Retro 1960’s French Twist

This hairstyle is inspired by the TV show Mad Men and the swinging 1960s era. It’s a modern take on a classic French twist that can be one of the stunning hairstyles for women over 60 with fine hair.

I recommend French lacing or backcombing both sides before rolling the French twist. Use L’oreal Professionnel’s Infinium 3 Tecniart Hairspray to build a flexible hold and Extreme Laquer to finish your style. This type of French twist works best with medium to long hair on any hair texture. 60s hairstyles like this French twist work well with all face shapes, depending on how you style the front. A French twist is a great option for an upstyle because it can be personalized to you. It can be dressed up, classic, or even edgy.

#3: Brigitte Bardot Ponytail from the 60’s

Deviate your style from the usual tied-up hair and opt for this super voluminous tail to make your black tresses appear dense and interesting, like Brigitte Bardot.

#4: Vintage Blonde Bombshell

With older trends making their way around, the 60s have made their way into the scene and a blonde, bombshell blowout is the perfect hairstyle to rock this year. The voluminous style is perfect for everyday or for special occasions. If you can, get a hold of clip-in extensions to really take the bombshell look to another level. The extra hair is helpful in creating the voluminous waves in the back of the head that is popular from the 60s. Some great advice, invest in a texture and volumizing spray, such as IGK’s No Limit, to really maximize the height in your crown area.

#5: Dark Brunette Glossy Hairstyle

Consider a French-inspired bob if you have brown hair. This style is easy to wear your hair in its natural texture. Ask your stylist for advice on how much face-framing and fringe is needed for your face shape. To finish your look, try a glossing wax like Continental by R+Co. It creates definition and shine to show off the layers.

#6: Hippy Long Shaggy Cut with Choppy Bangs

A layered, long shaggy cut paired with choppy bangs is perfect for women wanting to add movement and texture to their hair. It’s a modern, yet retro haircut that’s great for keeping length.

#7: Romantic and Effortless French Girl Hair

One of the best ways to show personal flair is with a romantic hairstyle. To avoid getting drawn into aesthetics, try to narrow it down to your texture and desired length. This will help you achieve that French girl style.

#8: Glam Chignon 1960’s Inspired Hairstyle

This is the chignon of the ’60s era. It features big volume, shape, and smoothness. The height in the top and chignon bun is very “in” at the moment, but also has a retro vibe. Everything comes back around with hair fashion, plus it’s very glamorous! 1960’s hairstyles like this offer a hint of vintage.

If you’re considering trying 1960 hairstyles for thick hair,  you will need hair past your shoulders that is preferably one length and thick. Your hair will need to be smoothed out first before putting up, and hair padding is required to achieve full sixties hairstyles.

Elegant '60s Updo
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#9: Elegant ’60s Updo

This is an elegant 60s updo and we’re loving it today! Vintage updo hairstyles like this one shout dominance. It stands up, but it still looks elegant. The fringe to the side makes the whole updo softer. It’s best to wash your hair the day before for better texture and easier manipulation.

Use Tecni Art Crepage de Chignon by LOréal Professionnel before backcombing the crown area. Then pin a hair padding on the crown and cover it with backcombed hair. Use the hairspray Infinium by LOréal Professionnel. The nape section was rolled and secured with bobby pins and again fixed with hairspray.

Baby Beehive 60's Half Up Hairstyle
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#10: Baby Beehive 60’s Half Up Hairstyle

Emulate this vintage ’60s style with a modern twist for a very chic everyday look – a sweet half-up half-down hairstyle fronted by a neat side bang.

#11: 60s-Inspired Afro Hair for Women

60’s-inspired Afro hair for women never goes out of style and is a beautiful option for coily textures. Layer your hair all around to create the perfect shape. Protect those curls with a cleanser like Hairstory and their balm to add moisture and definition.

Simple 60s top bun hairstyle
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#12: Simple 60s Top Bun Hairstyle

Opt for a 60s top bun hairstyle if you have long hair and you’ll make your up-styling more manageable. Popping long hair up can feel like the masses of hair are on top of your head. However, separating the buns into smaller sections and wrapping your hair to make cute bun designs can simplify your updo and make it more stable.

#13: The 1960’s Sleek Pixie Cut

The 1960’s sleek pixie cut is all about geometry and can be adapted to work with most hair densities. Thicker hair would opt for more of an undercut to remove weight. Finer hair would have a little more structure around the sides to build weight. Ask your stylist to create the bangs, which are best suited to your face shape and hairline.

Vintage bouffant bob
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#14: Jackie Kennedy’s Vintage Bouffant Bob

The iconic Jackie Kennedy’s vintage bouffant bob creates width for finer hair and a longer face shape. While the style is not overly volumized, the soft curls sit elegantly at the bottom of the length. The curls then create a flipped-out effect.

Vintage volume for long hair
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#15: Vintage Volume for Long Hair

Vintage volume for long hair is a glamorous way to add instant bounce and fullness to your locks. The brushed-out curls sit on top of one another, which results in a magnificent amount of volume and life to your long hair. Achieve the style by using a few Velcro rollers along the top of your head. Once they have set, pull out, spritz some hairspray, and flip your parting to the side for full-on height.

#16: Classic Pin Curls for Vintage Girls

These luscious waves and pin curls have been in style since the 18th century and will forever be a classic symbol of elegance and grace! Use your best hairspray for lasting goodness and finish with a floral piece for an added feminine touch.

Way Out Bouffant 60s Hair
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#17: Way Out Bouffant 60s Hair

Bring back the golden days when way-out bouffant and half-up styles are the hottest things! Get an idea from this half up 60s trend to flaunt your mid-length, dark tresses with uniqueness. Styling it with texture, waves and face-framing pieces will be a gorgeous final touch.

Hippie Chic 1960's Hairstyle
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#18: Hippie Chic 1960’s Hairstyle

If you’re looking for hairstyles of the 60s, this center-part straight layered hair with curled ends is absolutely a must-try! It also has an elongating effect that’s perfect for short and round faces.

#19: Long Shag Hair From the 60’s Era

Relive the decade of love with this long layered shag in a semi-sleek style. Use your favorite sea salt spray for added texture, which is a must for any long hair 60’s hairstyle.

Related: See more layered shag haircuts.

Bob with '60s Hair Headband
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#20: Bob with ’60s Hair Headband

This bob with 60’s hair headband says class, yet it’s also fun and sassy! It has all the feel from the ’60s with a modern twist that could easily be pulled off on the daily. The best thing about it? It’s a faux bob, so almost any length can achieve it. If you were considering giving the faux bob a go she says you’ll need a few things: 1″ curling iron, Bobby pins, cute accessories (headband, head scarf, vintage or inspired clips, fascinator etc.), and hairspray.

If your hair is insanely thick, it’ll be tricky to have it stay up in place. Instead, try to braid your hair underneath and hide it away, curl the top, and pin it to the braid, using it as an anchor. Fine hair ladies? It’s a little easier, as you can get away with curling your hair and pinning it up in place. A little backcombing underneath too doesn’t hurt. The retro faux bob is a great sixties style for an evening out with your gal pals, a hot date, a fun style for a wedding, or even a trip to the grocery store.

The Bowl Cut for Short 60s Hair
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#21: The Bowl Cut for Short 60’s Hair

This 1960 hair is another take on Vidal Sassoon’ ’60s Grace Coddington’s famous haircut. The short hair features strong lines with a soft texture. If you want a strong 60s hairstyle like this, it’s best worn on thicker, smoother hair, as it sits better on this hair type. Although, if a woman has curlier hair or even finer hair, it could also work. But, be aware more styling will be required.

#22: Groovy Middle Part for 60’s Women

This 60’s haircut gives off a cool mod girl vibe and a carefree style. The middle part is very chic and casual, taking cues from Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin’s softer, effortless long hair. To recreate hairstyles from the 60s, start with some smoothing product and begin blow-drying your hair with your fingers, overdirecting the angle of your hair upwards for some volume (especially in the crown area of your head!). This can be messy, as you’re going for a tousled style.

After it’s dry, run a wave wand or thicker barreled curling iron through your hair, focusing on the front areas. Run your fingers through the curls before they completely cool, so that they loosen up into pretty waves. For an extra ’60s vibe, section the hair out on your crown, and softly tease the section farthest from your face for added volume, and drape the top section over the volumized one.

Flipped Bob with Swept Bangs 1960's Hair
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#23: Flipped Bob with Swept Bangs 1960’s Hair

This is an iconic 60’s inspired flipped bob. This big hair can be worn all the way from casual to formal, simply by changing the accessories. Back in the 60’s headscarves were very popular.

The amount of time required to achieve this shoulder-length 60s haircut would depend on the hair type. It’s very important to have a great cut. If you have very fine and thin hair, use a root lift product before drying with a round brush to achieve maximum lift. Then use dry shampoo before back-combing the crown and finish off this Hollywood flipped bob style with a firm hold spray.

60s-Inspired Mod Side Part
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#24: 60s-Inspired Mod Side Part

We love hippie hairstyles and conservative looks combined. This ’60s-inspired “mod” (coined from modernist) 60s hair always gives the excitement of how it feels to relive history without looking overly done. When it comes to 60s hairstyles, hairstyle and outfit are two sides of the coin. So when you want this 60s hair style, always, always consider the clothes you’re wearing. Never go too far from how people of the ’60s sported the decade.

For side part and long 1960s hairstyles like this, teasing always comes in handy. The good thing is that innovation these days has made it easier with the “hair rats” or clip-in volumizers now easily available. But of course, headbands will go a long way!

#25: Flipped Out Long Bob Hair from the 1960’s Flip Hairstyle

This is voluminous, ’60s hair style is old school, but very trendy right now. The best part about this 1960’s hairstyle is the height because the bigger the hair the better. Medium 60’s hairstyles like this one are for women with fine to medium hair.

Using a round brush to blow out the hair will help to achieve lift at the root, as well as smoothing your hair into the flip at the ends. With a little help from a texture spray, you can tease the top to get a little extra height in your short hair and finish it with some hairspray. Pair this 60s flip style with blonde hair color for an ultimate vintage result.

#26: 60’s Beehive Updo for Vintage Women

If you’re looking for 60s hair styles, a beehive is perfect. This bee hive hair style has elegance and sophistication, but is also quite fun with its ’60s updo hairstyles throwback.

Expect lots of backcombing and hairspray when creating 60s hairstyles on long hair. Lots of hairspray! A classic beehive is great for all hair types and lengths and is a great go-to sixties hairstyle if you want something effortless that still looks done.

#27: 1960’s Inspired Blunt Chin-Length Bob

If you love simple pin-up styling and ’60s styles, this is a great combination of the two. There was a classic approach to it, going back to Vidal Sassoon techniques, to achieve flipped-under styles on a timeless bob. ’60s-inspired hairstyles like this blunt bob are ideal for a woman who is committed to styling their hair on a regular basis. For styling, use either a round brush or a flat brush to encourage the style to fall off the bob correctly. Use a product with hold (like a mousse or gel) for the blow dry.

#28. ’60s Hair Headband

I’ll start with Reagan’s hair headband mentioned above. Its part of her “In a Hairry” series and only requires five minutes of your time, a teasing comb, and a few bobby pins. Just part your hair as desired, braid two sections of hair on either side, cross over the top of your head, and pin. Tease the crown to achieve that classic ’60s bump and walk out the door looking every part of a stone fox.

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Baby Beehive Headscarf for a 60s Style

#29 Baby Beehive Headscarf for a 60s Style

Wearing a towering beehive reminiscent of Marge Simpson will surely earn you the wrong kind of attention, but more subtle versions of sporting headscarves are definitely appropriate for everyday sidewalks. Flare.com’s beauty guru Hannah Johnson shows you how to re-create the “baby beehive” hairstyle that was seen on the Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 runway. Paired with soft and tonal makeup, this feminine style is wonderful for a date night, soiree or evening with the girls. View the video tutorial below.

Classic 60s Pin Curls for Vintage Girls
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#30 Classic 60s Pin Curls for Vintage Girls

How to Create a 60s Bardot Ponytail

#31 How to Create a 60s Bardot Ponytail

A good tease made or break any 1960s hairdo and this retro ponytail inspired by Brigitte Bardot makes no exception. Hair expert Chris Lospalluto teaches you how to create the ideal tease on Caroline Knapp (of Sweet Caroline in the City). After teasing, he gathers into a low ponytail, which accentuates the big volume created at the crown. All you need for this ‘do is hairspray, a teasing comb, and an elastic.


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