Do-It-Yourself 1950s Hairstyles

Updated February 21, 2017

Women's hairstyles of the 1950s were characterised by various hair lengths, with young women often opting for long hair and older women sporting short to mid-length hair, states Victoria Sherrow, author of "Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History." Celebrities exerted influence over hairdos. Starlets who wore glamorous 1950s styles that the average woman tried to copy included Marilyn Monroe, Virginia McGraw and Lana Turner. Many of the most common 1950s hairdos had an emphasis on curls and big hair.

Comb through your clean hair so it lies flat. Take your comb, placing it an inch inward from your forehead and comb all the sections of hair that lie an inch inward from your forehead, down over your face, covering your eyes.

Grab this combed-out section of hair and pull it together and clip it out of the way.

Grab a 1-inch section from the top of your remaining mass of hair and place your detailed brush against the ends, backcombing it. Backcomb all the remaining sections of this mass of hair, forming volume and body.

Shape this mass of hair into a rough beehive formation, pinning it in place. Remove the clip from the 1-inch section of hair that you combed forward in Step 1. Grab the right side of this section of hair and comb it smoothly, pulling it back and across the right side of your beehive. Repeat this with the left side of this section of hair.

Spray the hair smoothly to remove any flyaway strands. Add a ribbon around the head to give the beehive a more finished look.

Comb out your hair so that it's free of snarls and lies flat. Gather all your hair into a ponytail, holding it with one hand against the nape of your neck.

Hold your ponytail in place and twist it several times. This will act as the base of the French pleat.

Hold your ponytail straight up and continue to twist and twist and twist. This will form the bulk of your French pleat. As you continue to twist, the twist will conceal your ponytail more and more, until only the ends of your ponytail are visible.

Tuck the ends into your French pleat so they lie flat. Push pins all along the twist edge of the pleat, to help it to stay in place. Spray it securely with hairspray.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair clip
  • Detail brush
  • Hairpins
  • Ribbon
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Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."