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50’s Women’s Hairstyles

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50's Women's Hairstyles

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”.
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50's Women's Hairstyles

Gone are the days of outdated hairstyles only suited for grandmothers. These days, there are no rules for short hairstyles for women over 50. You can totally take on today’s trends and rock an awesome, chic hairstyle without looking too youthful! Need some ideas? Look no further than this list!
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50's Women's Hairstyles

Do you need to stick to any specific rules when choosing hairstyles if you are older than 50? Only partly. Generally to look stately and elegant, it’s recommended to comb your locks back, opening your face. Excessively shaggy hairstyles may appear sloppy and awkward. Bangs are ok, they make you look younger, but try to keep them neat and thin or styled to one side so that your forehead is not completely covered. Consider lighter hair hues, and you will easily take years off your face. Some older women look extremely flattering with silver hair. If you are not the lucky one, think of brown to blonde solutions or highlights.
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50's Women's Hairstyles

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.
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50's Women's Hairstyles

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.
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50's Women's Hairstyles

Modern hairstyles for short hair sometimes suggest contradictory things. Long layers for short hair? Why not. This is like the popular today men’s long top short sides hairstyles, only softened and without drastic contrasts in length and color. Simple, but so classy!
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50's Women's Hairstyles

Although many people believe that women should cut their hair short after a certain age, the idea just simply isn’t true anymore. Women who are 50 and older can look fantastic with long hair and needn’t feel pressured to chop it off. Particularly great for thick hair, long hairstyles can actually make you look more youthful. All it takes is the right cut, styling and maintenance, and you can have glamorous long hair at any age.
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50's Women's Hairstyles

Short, tight curls with a poodle cut known as “short bangs” were very popular, favored by women such as first lady Mamie Eisenhower. Henna was a popular hair dye in the 1950s in the US; in the popular TV comedy series I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball (according to her husband’s statement) “used henna rinse to dye her brown hair red.” The poodle cut was also made popular by Audrey Hepburn. In the 1953 film Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn’s character had short hair known as a “gamine-style” pixie cut, which accentuated her long neck, and which was copied by many women. In the film Sabrina, her character appears initially in long plain hair while attending culinary school, but returns to her Paris home with a chic, short, face-framing “Paris hairstyle”, which again was copied by many women. When the rage among women was for the “blond bombshell” hair style, Hepburn stuck to her dark brown hair color and refused to dye her hair for any film.
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A lot of women say that once they hit 50, that they begin to really enjoy life to its fullest. They stop worrying about what people think of them so much and start focusing on their own happiness. This doesn’t mean that they don’t want to look stylish and attractive, it just means that they know when to pass on a fading trend and choose a look that suits them instead. Hairstyles are no exception to this rule. Although styles and cuts go in and out of fashion, choosing a classic look that suits your face is timeless. Just make sure that it has the right modern touches to ensure that it’s fresh and chic rather than old and outdated.

Short hairstyles and haircuts tend to be the most popular for women over 50, as they lift and brighten the face. They also tend to be more practical as they are easier to style and work well for fine hair. If short hair is sounding like the natural choice for you, definitely stick wth it. Just remember that regular trims are essential to keeping short hair looking chic.
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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.
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From Audrey Hepburn’s to Anne Hathaway’s, the pixie cut has become a by-word for chic hair, it’s endlessly elegant with just the right level of nonchalance. A slight update of the old style goes a long way. Experiment with texture to add a modern twist to this classic crop. With trendy highlights, shorter hairstyles for older women instantly become contemporary, without being faddish.
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Disguise fine hair with highlights – it’s a little known, but extremely useful trick to know. While women`s short hairstyles tend not to flatter those with limper locks, a little color can counteract the hair’s softness. To style the cut, add volumizing mousse to the roots when your hair is damp and then blow-dry with a round brush.
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Feathered Back-Swept Crop Luckily today gray hair is popular as never before, and that means you can embrace your real hair color and flaunt it proudly. If your hair is fairly thick, pick a feathered cut and style it with a root lift that gives the desired volume and air. Short hairstyles for women over 50 have never been more elegant and modern!
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Hairstyles for mature women tend to be quite formulaic, like stiff bobs with too much hairspray. But, we say no more! Pick a rich hue (mulberry here) that will add shine and interest to your cropped locks and choose a cut (a feathered pixie, for instance) to keep it up to the mark.

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