While decidedly more relaxed than those of the previous decade, 1960s hairstyles still required a great deal of styling. According to Fiftiesweb.com, "Although there was more flexibility in length and cut than before, hair styles were controlled. Only Janis Joplin looked like, well, Janis Joplin." Long, straight hair was very popular in those days, but girls also favoured long curls.
Long Curvy Curls
Long curvy curls call for large rollers. Before rolling, divide the hair into four sections: top, back, right and left. Divide those sections into subsections. Wrap each subsection or lock around a large roller and allow it to set. In the 1960s, women used to sleep in these rollers; now, you can use electric or steam rollers for quick setting. Once set, unroll the curlers and shake your head. Loosely unravel each curl, ever so slightly. Part your hair in the front, twist hair upwards from the nape of the neck so that your curls spill out onto the top of your head. Pin it in place. This style works on medium-long to long lengths.
Small, Tight Curls
Small tight curls show off your hair's length. Divide hair into sections and roll onto medium curlers. When set, brush out your hair to get small, defined waves. Use a wide-toothed comb for small, contained curls. Let the curls spill around your face or pull the front half of your hair up and away from your face with with a barrette. For the look popularised by 1960s actress Susan Blakely, wrap a scarf around the top part of your head so the curls dramatically spill from beneath it.
Teens of the '60s also curled their hair, then flipped it out at the ends. For this style, roll up your hair in medium-sized curlers, remove the rollers and run a brush through your hair from the crown to the ends. This might sound counterintuitive, but you won't be straightening your hair--you'll be flipping it out, away from your face. Apply hairspray to hold the style in place. You can don a headband with this hairdo.
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