How to do 50s hairstyles

Updated April 17, 2017

Back in the 1950s, curls were in fashion. Women would wind their hair around rollers to get the look they wanted, and some would go so far as to put harsh chemicals in their hair to perm it and create curls that lasted for months. The '50s hairstyles included the beehive, the ponytail, the poodle cut, the French twist and the bouffant.

Create the beehive by washing your hair, then waiting for it to dry. Set your hair in rollers and secure them with hair clips. After about 20 minutes, remove rollers and pull sections of hair up and tease. Do this to the entire head of hair, then smooth the outer layer of hair, combing hair from the sides to the back and from the nape of the neck up and swirling it around the head, ending with a curl of hair in the top centre of the head. Secure in place with hair clips and spray with hairspray.

Try a ponytail by pulling all your hair together back and to the centre of your head and securing it in place with a covered elastic band. In the '50s, the trend was to tie a scarf around the elastic band and allow the scarf to hang alongside the ponytail.

Make a French twist by gathering all your hair together at the back of your head, as if you are going to put it into a ponytail, then twist the hair to form a vertical roll. Hold your hair up, with the roll against the back of your head, and secure the ends neatly under the roll of hair with hair clips. Spray with hairspray.

Create a bouffant by setting the hair with large rollers. After taking out the rollers, tease your hair, then smooth out the top layer so that the tease part is hidden and your hair looks rounded out, or bouffant. This style will need to be held in place with hairspray.


Adorning your hair with attractive hair clips adds a nice touch to the beehive.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair rollers
  • Comb
  • Hair clips
  • Hairspray
  • Covered elastic band
  • Scarf
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