60's & 70's hairstyles

Updated April 17, 2017

Many people look back on the '60s and the '70s fondly. Both of these decades were distinctive when it came to fashion and style. There were many hairstyles worn during the 1960s and 1970s, but some of the most memorable were influenced by particular subcultures or celebrities.


Mod hairstyles were all the rage during the 1960s. Women's mod cuts were short and blunt. Hair had to be kept extremely straight and chunky fringe were often cut in. A short pixie cut, known as the "five point" style was also popular. Such cuts were inspired by the stylist Vidal Sassoon and the British model, Twiggy. For mod men, hair was either cropped and messy or cut somewhat like The Beatles' hair.


The hippie movement started in the mid to late '60s, but carried over into the '70s. Hippie hairstyles were simple. Hair was grown long and kept straight. It was almost an anti-style, in as much as the fashion called for hair to be kept as natural as possible. Men's hair was the same as women's, but sometimes kept slightly shorter. It was common for hippies to wear headbands around the circumference of their heads.


Punk hairstyles were popular in the late 1970s, with punk reaching the peak of its popularity in 1977. Mohawks were a common style for punks in the '70s, and the taller the hair, the better. Huge liberty spikes all over the head were also popular for punks. Punk hairstyles were often brightly coloured. As bright hair dyes were not available as widely as they are today, hair was often dyed with food colouring.


The feathered hairstyle was a huge hit with girls in the 1970s. The style was made popular by Farrah Fawcett, who played a lead role in the "Charlie's Angels" TV show. Hair was cut feathered in the front, and then huge hair flicks were created using heated curling tongs. The flicks needed to be set in place with plenty of mousse or hairspray. Thick, straight fringe were also common with this style.

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