Casual hairstyles of the 1950s

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Casual hairstyles of the 1950s
Hairstyles in the 1950s were short and simple. (George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

The 1950s was the era of feminine beauty, which was reflected in hairstyles and make-up. The casual hairstyles of the 1950s were natural and easy to care for. The 1950s housewife was the epitome of women of the time. Long, straight hair was not in vogue. Short hair with abundant curls became the desired look. Cute was the look they strived for.

Ponytail with Bangs

An easy-to-create casual hairstyle of the 1950s was a high ponytail with fringe. Before putting the hair in a ponytail, women curled it first, if they didn't have naturally curly or wavy hair. The hair was pulled up onto the crown and secured with a rubber band. Women curled the fringe and styled them to lay on the forehead. For a feminine touch, women often tied a ribbon around the rubber band.

Medium Length

A popular daily hairstyle of the 1950s was mid-neck-length hair with loopy curls. Medium-length big waves or curls were the standard. Women used pin curls or large rollers to make the top of the hair large and voluminous. The goal was for the waves to frame the face. Shoulder-length hair was a longer variation of this style.

Poodle Cut

The poodle cut was common among women who were older than their 20s and especially among older women. The sides and back were kept short but longer than in a pixie hairstyle. The top was longer and curled, usually via a tight roller perm. That lead to tight curls that made the top of the hair poofy and framed the forehead. Women got their poodle perms approximately every three to six months, and had their hair styled at the salon once a week.

Short and Wavy

A short and wavy do was cute and pretty. This short haircut was cut to just below the chin. Instead of curls, it was wavy and flipped out at the ends. Women used large sponge rollers to create the flip. True to form, the top of the hair fell in soft waves over the forehead. An update to this casual hairstyle was to add clips to the side, or a cloth headband, to sweep the hair back off of the face.

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