Hairstyles for women in the 1950s were diverse, of varying hair lengths, although women older than 20 generally preferred short to medium-length hair. Women generally emulated the hair styles and hair colors of popular film personalities and fashion magazines; top models played a pivotal role in propagating the styles. Alexandre of Paris had developed the beehive and artichoke styles seen on Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy, the Duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor, and Tippi Hedren. Generally, a shorter bouffant style was favored by female movie stars, paving the way for the long hair trend of the 1960s. Very short cropped hairstyles were fashionable in the early 1950s. By mid-decade, hats were worn less frequently, especially as fuller hairstyles like the short, curly “elfin cut” or the “Italian cut” or “poodle cut” and later the bouffant and the beehive became fashionable (sometimes nicknamed B-52s for their similarity to the bulbous noses of the B-52 Stratofortress bomber). Stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Connie Francis, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn usually wore their hair short with high volume. In the poodle hairstyle, the hair is permed into tight curls, similar to the poodle’s curly hair (curling the hair involves time and effort). This style was popularized by Hollywood actresses like Peggy Garner, Lucille Ball, Ann Sothern and Faye Emerson. In the post-war prosperous 1950s, in particular, the bouffant hair style was the most dramatic and considered an ideal style in which aerosol hairspray facilitated keeping large quantities of “backcombed or teased and frozen hair” in place. This necessitated a regimen of daily hair care to keep the bouffant in place; curlers were worn to bed and frequent visits were made to the hair stylist’s salon. Mouseketeer Annette Funicello dramatically presented this hair style in the movie “Beach Party”.
Popular music and film stars had a major influence on 1950s hairstyles and fashion. Elvis Presley and James Dean had a great influence on the high quiff-pompadour greased-up style or slicked-back style for men with heavy use of Brylcreem or pomade. The pompadour was a fashion trend in the 1950s, especially among male rockabilly artists and actors. A variation of this was the duck’s ass (or in the UK “duck’s arse”), also called the “duck’s tail”, the “ducktail”, or simply the D.A. This hairstyle was originally developed by Joe Cerello in 1940. Cerello’s clients later included film celebrities like Elvis Presley and James Dean. Frank Sinatra posed in a modified D.A. style of hair. This style required that the hair be combed back around the sides of the head. The tooth edge of a comb was then used to define a central part running from the crown to the nape at the back of the head, resembling, to many, the rear end of a duck. The hair on the top front of the head was either deliberately disarrayed so that untidy strands hung down over the forehead, or combed up and then curled down into an “elephant’s trunk” which might hang down as far as the top of the nose. The sides were styled to resemble the folded wings of the duck, often with heavy sideburns. A variant of the duck’s tail style, known as “the Detroit”, consisted of the long back and sides combined with a flattop. In California, the top hair was allowed to grow longer and combed into a wavelike pompadour shape known as a “breaker”. The duck’s tail became an emblematic coiffure of disaffected young males across the English-speaking world during the 1950s, a sign of rebellious youth and of a “bad boy” image. The style was frowned upon by high school authorities, who often imposed limitations on male hair length as part of their dress codes. Nevertheless, the style was widely copied by men of all ages.
Jacqueline Kennedy wore a short hair style for her wedding in 1953, while later she sported a “bouffant”; together with the larger beehive and shorter bubble cut, this became one of the most popular women’s hairstyles of the 1950s. Grace Kelly favored a mid-length bob style, also influential. There were exceptions, however, and some women, such as Bettie Page, favored long, straight dark locks and a fringe; such women were known as “Beat girls”. In the mid-1950s, a high ponytail became popular with teenage girls, often tied with a scarf. The ponytail was seen on the first Barbie dolls, in 1959; a few years later Barbies with beehives appeared. The “artichoke cut”, which was invented by Jacques Dessange, was specially designed for Brigitte Bardot. Compact coiffures were popular in the 1950s as less importance was given to hairstyling, although a new look was stylized by Christian Dior’s fashion revolution after the war.
The 1950s was a decade known for experimentation with new styles and culture. Following World War II and the austerity years of the post-war period, the 1950s were a time of comparative prosperity, which influenced fashion and the concept of glamour. Hairstylists invented new hairstyles for wealthy patrons. Influential hairstylists of the period include Sydney Guilaroff, Alexandre of Paris and Raymond Bessone who took French hair fashion to the Hollywood, New York and London, popularising the pickle cut, the pixie cut and bouffant hairstyles.
The 50s hairstyles are greatly embraced by the woman of today. Some famous celebrities love to wear the 1950s hairstyles including Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Reese Witherspoon and a lot more. Before doing your hairdo, apply coconut oil to your hair to make it healthier. Most of these hairstyles have curls. Do you have any particular 50s hairstyle that you want to imitate?
The 1950s were an enormously influential decade for American style, and 1950s hairstyles shifted accordingly. Post-WWII, the US was rebuilding its economy and moving (haltingly and often painfully) towards social change. The dynamism and simultaneous retreat to more conservative times are both apparent in the era’s styles, which veer wildly from rockabilly hair to pixie cuts and primly waved bobs. It was a time of great change and style to match, so check out some of the decade’s most prominent highlights.
The 1950s were an enormously influential decade for American style, and 1950s hairstyles shifted accordingly. Post-WWII, the US was rebuilding its economy and moving (haltingly and often painfully) towards social change. The dynamism and simultaneous retreat to more conservative times are both apparent in the era’s styles, which veer wildly from rockabilly hair to pixie cuts and primly waved bobs. It was a time of great change and style to match, so check out some of the decade’s most prominent highlights. Source: 20th Century Fox, Corbis Images
The 1950s was the year of new hairstyle experiments for those who are wealthy. They love to follow the hairstyles of their favorite celebrities, from short pixie haircuts to huge curls. The 50s was not only a classical period, but it was also a romantic period. This is why a lot of women nowadays want to imitate the 50s hairstyles because they want to make a fashion statement. For others, they love the 50s fashion because it truly inspired them.
The 1950s had a profound influence on fashion and continues to be a strong influence in contemporary fashion. Some of the world’s most famous fashion icons today such as Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, and David Beckham regularly wear their hair or indulge in a style of fashion clearly heavily influenced by that of the 1950s. Aguilera is influenced by Marilyn Monroe, Beckham by Steve McQueen and James Dean.
The development of hair-styling products, particularly setting sprays, hair-oil and hair-cream, influenced the way in which hair was styled, and the way in which people across the world wore their hair, from day to day. Women’s hair styles of the 1950s were in general less ornate and more informal than those of the 1940s, with a “natural” look being favoured, even if it was achieved by perming, setting, styling and spraying. Mature men’s hairstyles were always short and neat, and generally maintained with hair-oil. Even among “rebellious youth” with longer greased hair, carrying a comb and maintaining the hairstyle was part of the culture.
hairstylesco 3 years Great post ever i have visted here.These are really so nice and amazing 1950s hairstyles .I must say that these are fantastic hair cuts . Michael3084759 4 years We at Walton Fine Arts have commemorated Marilyn Monroes 50th anniversary of her death, by showing some of the last photographs taken of her. Lawrence Schiller Marilyn and Me a selection of the rarest photographs. Enquire from www.waltonfinearts.com or email email@example.com at 152-4 Walton Street London SW3 2JJ Lawrence Schillers European agent. Annie-Tomlin 6 years Billie is an interesting one. Beautiful and blessed with those pipes, but her life story is threaded with addiction and depression. I wish someone would make a biopic. Just curious, have you read any of Marilyn’s biographies? Talk about a misunderstood woman. Rigor-Mortis 6 years Annie, not really! Most people usually idolize Marilyn or Audrey, and although those ladies sure were charming, I don’t find them that inspirational. I guess that’s why I liked this slide show so much, you girls went beyond the clichés. I especially loved seeing Billie Holiday here, but I’m such a fan of her voice, I think even if she had the most hideous hairstyle in the world I’d still like it! Annie-Tomlin 6 years Thanks, Rigor Mortis. You have a favorite ’50s icon? Rigor-Mortis 6 years As usual, I’m loving the diversity and uncommon picks for this slideshow. Thumbs up!