Can You Dig It?: Wearable Hairstyles Inspired by the ’60s

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 the glorious hair. 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, I was instantly inspired to do a roundup of wearable ’60s hairstyles.

Modern Bouffant

Picture of a modern bouffant a wearable 60s hairstyle
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Hippie Chic

Picture of a hippie chic a wearable 60s hairstyle
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This center part straight layered hair with curled ends is absolutely a must-try! It also has an elongating effect that’s perfect for round and short faces.

60s Inspired Shag

Picture of an 60s inspired shag a wearable 60s hairstyle
Instagram @edoswhitefox

Relive the decade of love with this long layered medium shag. Use your favorite sea salt spray for added texture which is a must for any 60’s hairstyle.

Modern Bowl Cut

Q&A with style creator, Gerrard Reilly Hair
Colour Specialist @ Reuben Wood Creatives in Manchester, UK

How would you describe this look?

This look is another take on Vidal Sassoon’ 60s Grace Coddington famous haircut. My favorite thing about this look is the strong lines with a soft texture and the effortless coolness it creates.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you want a strong look like this, it is best worn on thicker, smoother hair, as it sits better on this hair type. Although, if someone has curlier hair or even finer hair, it could also work. But, they would have to be aware that more styling would be required.

I styled this look with Kevin Murphy Smooth.Again lotion, sectioning all to the front of the head and blow drying with a small round bristle brush for extra shine. I then used some Kevin Murphy Free.Hold paste to create soft movement through the top section of the hair after styling.

My client who has this style is a creative person who has a love for all things vintage and especially 60s. She loves to wear bold patterns and oversized jewelry, which works amazingly well with this style.

This would suit someone who wants does not want to have to do much styling on a daily basis, as it is more about smoothing out the hair and then just some product for movement or even just wearing the look flat and sleek. This is a really fun, cool look that I personally love to create.

Modern Hippie

Q&A with style creator, Stacy Oviedo
Apprentice @ Seagull Haircutters in New York, NY


How would you describe this look?

This look gives me 60’s cool girl. It’s very chic and casual, taking cues from Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin’s softer, effortless hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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 we’re going for a tousled look. 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.

Play with different versions of this look! Throw a headscarf on and do your best mod girl dance!

Sleek

Picture of a sleek wearable 60s hairstyle
Instagram @bombshellbarbi

Q&A with style creator, Barbi Barrett Costanza
Hairstylist / Owner @ Bombshell Hair Design in Chandler, AZ


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this as a 60’s inspired flip. This can be worn all the way from casual to formal, simply by changing the accessories. This client wore a casual dress to go to a play, but you could dress it down with a bandanna and blue jeans, or dress it up with a sequined headband and a formal gown.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The amount of time required to achieve this look would depend on the hair type. It’s very important to have a great cut. This client has very fine hair, so I used a root lift product before drying with a round brush to achieve a maximum lift. I used a dry shampoo before back-combing the crown and finished with a firm hold spray.

This is a fun look for someone willing to spend a little time on their hair but likes a style that can be versatile.

60s-Inspired Mod Look

60s-Inspired Mod Look hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Theresa Padin
Hair and Makeup Artist @ Hair and Makeup by Theresa Padin in Manila, Philippines


How would you describe this look?

I always love hippie and the conservative looks combined. This 60s-inspired “mod” (coined from modernist) look always gives me the excitment of how it feels to relive history without looking overly done.

My favorite part? It’s sophisticated yet wearable. I’d brave this look anytime of day and still look appropriate.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Hairstyle and outfit are two sides of the coin. So when you want this look, always, always consider the clothes you’re wearing. Never go too far from how people of the 60s sported the decade.

For the hairstyle, 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!

Modern & Voluminous

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Marie
Blowout Bar Specialist @ Reche Hair Studio Blowout Bar and Academy in Metuchen, NJ


How would you describe this look?

This hairstyle is a modern, voluminous, 60s-inspired look. It’s super fun and playful.

My favorite thing about this look is the height because being born and raised in Jersey, the bigger the hair the better!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is best for people 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 the 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 and finish it with some hairspray.

This is a perfect look for a confident, feisty personality that is ready to take on the day or night!

Beehive Updo

Q&A with style creator, Chloe Duncan
Hairstylist @ Love Locks Bridal Hair in West Midlands, UK


How would you describe this look?

The brief was “I want it high”. She was going to a black tie event, so a beehive was perfect. I love this look because it has elegance and sophistication, but is also quite fun with its 60s throwback.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice is to expect lots of backcombing and hairspray. Lots of hairspray! A beehive is great for all hair types and lengths and is a great go-to look if you want something effortless that still looks “done”. This is a great all-around style that always looks stunning.

Classic & Cute

Q&A with style creator, Erin Backman
Stylist @ The Colour Bar Salon in Sacramento, CA


How would you describe this look?

The client wanted something classic and cute. She loves pin-up styling and 60s styles, so this was a perfect combination of the two. We wanted to take a classic approach to it, going back to Vidal Sassoon techniques to achieve a timeless bob.

My favorite thing about it is how well her hair density and texture worked with this cut. It just flows!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is ideal for someone who is committed to styling their hair on a regular basis. While this client’s hair texture and density work well with bob and bevel on the ends, she still needs to use either a round brush or flat brush to encourage the style to fall correctly.

I also recommend utilizing a product with hold (like a medium hold mousse or gel) for the blow dry. It’s important for us as stylists to teach our clients how to properly style these structured cuts so that they are equipped when they go home to recreate the look.

Polished and Modern 60s Look

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Nicole
Senior Stylist and Colorist @ Ludlow Blunt in Brooklyn, NY


How would you describe this look?

This look is my take on a modern, 60s-inspired hairstyle. My favorite things about this look are the curtain bangs and face-framing layers. This haircut is amazing for people who want low maintenance from day to day, but can also have it styled and polished when need be.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut looks amazing with natural texture and minimal styling, however, if someone isn’t ready for layers and movement, I would deter them from considering this 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 someone doesn’t love them.

For the style, I just did a round brush blow out with Dallas thickening spray by R+Co to add texture. I try to stay away from products that can weigh the hair down since I want max volume with a lot of movement.

After the blowout, I used BadLands dry shampoo by R+Co at the root to give a grittier texture and volume. I then teased the crown of her head to give it a little 60s bump. The dry shampoo helps the hair from going limp throughout the day. I finished with Outer Space flexible hairspray by R+Co.

Glamorous 60s Chignon

Q&A with style creator, Charmaine Shanahan
Freelance Hairdresser in Surrey / Middlesex, England


How would you describe this look?

This look reminds me of the 60s era. I love the 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 glam! I always love to do a hint of vintage.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you’re considering trying this look, you will need hair past the shoulders that is preferably one length and thick. The hair will need to be smoothed out first before putting up, and hair padding is required to achieve a full look.

This look is ideal for a bride, bridesmaid or wedding guest, as well as any special event.

Elegant 60s Updo

Elegant 60s Updo hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Eva Vykopalova
Haidresser / Stylist / Colourist @ Salon Šarm in Slusovice, CZ


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a 60s updo. It was made for a party with a 60s theme, and I was inspired by a Czech film from this time period.

My favorite thing about this upstyle is its dominance. It stands up, but it still looks elegant. The fringe to the side makes the whole updo softer.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To create this look, it is best to wash the hair the day before for better texture and easier manipulation.

I used Tecni Art Crepage de Chignon by LOréal Professionnel before backcombing the crown area. I then pinned a hair padding on the crown and covered it with backcombed hair, which I smoothed a little.

I then fixed the style with hairspray Infinium by LOréal Professionnel. The nape section was rolled and secured with bobby pins and again fixed with hairspray.

This hairstyle is created best with longer hair with fewer layers. It would suit any face shape.

Modern French Twist

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Smith
Stylist & Make-up Artist @ Ashley Smith Beauty in Denver, CO


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is inspired by the TV show Mad Men and the swinging 1960s era. I love this modern take on a classic French twist.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I recommend French lacing or backcombing both sides before rolling the French twist. I used L’oreal Professionnel’s Infinium 3 Tecniart Hairspray to build flexible hold and Extreme Laquer to finish the style.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This type of French twist works best with medium to long hair on any hair texture. This style works well with all face shapes, depending on how you style the front.

The French twist is a great option for an upstyle because it can be personalized for your client and their unique look. It can be dressed up, modern, classic, or even edgy.

’60s Hair Headband

I’ll start with Reagan’s hair headband mentioned above. It’s 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

baby beehive 60's hairstyles

Wearing a towering beehive reminiscent of Marge Simpson will surely earn you the wrong kind of attention, but a more subtle version is definitely apropo 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 hairstyle is perfect for a date night, soiree or evening with the girls. View the video tutorial below.

Classic Pin Curls

pin curls 60's hairstyle

Melissa from A Ruby Red takes the authentic route by following a pin curl pattern straight from a retro magazine tutorial. Pin curls — which were still all the rage in the early to mid ’60s — are created by wrapping damp hair into loops and pinning tightly against the scalp. After your hair dries (many women waited overnight, but you can expedite the process by blow drying), remove the pins and brush out. Follow YouTube User PinupDollAshleyMarie’s tutorial or try the pattern pictured here.

pin curl pattern 60's hairstyles

Bardot Ponytail

Bardot ponytail 60's look

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 perfect tease on Caroline Knapp (of Sweet Caroline in the City). After teasing, he gathers into a low ponytail, which accentuates the volume created at the crown. All you need for this ‘do is hairspray, a teasing comb and an elastic.