The 1950s were filled with the influences of rock-and-roll, poodle skirts and seductive stars like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Now the vintage hairstyles of the '50s have become popular with recent generations. "Fifties hairstyles were soft and curly. Straight hair was out. Short hair was in," says Fifties Web. These styles continue to bring out the inner demure ingénue or sexy pin-up in new wearers. The '50s hairstyles were worn on a variety of hair lengths and textures.
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Fashionable up-dos were the rage during the '50s. "In the early part of the fifties, the ponytail was the most popular hairstyle," states Paul Jones of Hairdo Hairstyles. The style was popular among teens and older women alike. Adding accessories like scarves and bows enhanced the look. Some women would also roll the ponytail to give it a flip at the end. The front would be sleek, teased for volume or rolled. Some women turned the ponytails into elegant up-dos reminiscent of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. Choices included chignons, French pleats and large buns at the crown.
Pompadour and Beehive
Pompadours and beehives have recently soared in popularity thanks to celebrities like Amy Winehouse and Beyonce, but they were also popular in the 50s. For a pompadour, the hair was rolled away from the forehead to form a hump in the front. The back offered a range of styles including pin curled, flipped or waved. Beehives gave volume to the hair and attracted attention. "The style originated in the USA in 1958 as one of a variety of elaborately teased and lacquered versions of big hair," states Retro Galaxy. The style was popular into the '60s.
Curls and Waves
Straight hair was considered boring in the '50s. Waves, by way of perms and rollers, created a glamorous starlet style. Ladies used large waves on medium to long hair for a Rita Hayworth-inspired look. Shorter hair was given spit curls and finger waves. The poodle cut framed the face with curls in a youthful look. Lucille Ball was a pioneer of this style, and many women dyed their hair to emulate her signature red.
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