70s Wedding Up-Do Hair Styles: the Bee Hive

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70s Wedding Up-Do Hair Styles: the Bee Hive
Up-do hairstyles of the 1970s find their way back (flower in bride hair hairstyle image by Paul Retherford from Fotolia.com)

Many hairstyles come and go in popularity. Even the most popular and desired hairstyles seem to have a shelf life. However, the thing about hairstyles is that it only takes one person and a camera these days for a hairstyle of yesterday to come back into fashion today. The beehive is one of those hairstyles. Known for its flamboyancy and outrageous height, the beehive is back as a 70s wedding up-do style.

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The beehive hairstyle reached its highest level of popularity back in the 1960s. This hairstyle was a knock-off of the bouffant hairstyles of the 1950s. The beehive was also known as the B-52, because the finished look resembled the nose of a B-52 bomber. In the late 1960s the beehive became unfashionable, but the creator of the beehive hairstyle, Margaret Venci Heights, still calls it her "crowning achievement."


The retro version of the beehive is similar in style, but instead of having a tendency to look like a hornet's nest, the retro version is sleek and sophisticated. This is the style most likely to be worn by today's brides and bridesmaids. It also makes a great up-do for prom or a formal evening. This hairstyle is coming back onto the runways and several actresses sport current versions of the beehive.


This hairstyle looks best with a smooth, round face and does tend to age the wearer. If going for the traditional beehive, begin by dividing your hair into three sections and then begin backcombing. Twist the hair under and up as high as you wish for it to go. Beware though that the higher you make your beehive, the less feminine it can tend to look. Although today's style does not require as much hairspray as that of the 1960s beehive, still be cautious of overusing hair products. This style is best achieved with a hairstylist.

The Bride

For a '70s wedding up-do style, the beehive makes a perfect "nest" or resting place for a beautiful veil and can add a look of sophistication to any bride's style. The bridal style of today is likely to still have that 1960s volume, but any teasing at the crown will be hidden and made to look smooth. Also, high tech curling irons and hair clips replace the need for push pins and hair rollers. That makes getting this hairstyle and keeping it looking nice all day easy to do, adding to its popularity with the bride-to-be.

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