The 1960s Bouffant Hairstyles

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The 1960s Bouffant Hairstyles
A woman sports a classic bouffant while taking a cigarette break. (Teri Dixon/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The bouffant hairstyle is a classic look that was popularised in the 1960s by fashion icon and first lady Jackie Kennedy, but originates from French queen Marie Antoinette, in order to mask the unfortunate trait of having thin hair. Various types of bouffant styles were popular in the 1960s.

Classic Bouffant

The classic bouffant hairstyle was very popular due to its associations with glamour and elegance. Most women achieved this look by visiting the salon, having their hair teased around very large rollers, and spending some time under the dryer hood. Creating a bouffant was a difficult task, although some women ultimately learnt to do it at home. The purpose of the bouffant was to get noticed, and most women wanted this very popular look.

The Beehive

In the mid 1960s, the bouffant transitioned into the beehive thanks to the advent of hairspray, and for some women, a mixture of sugar water if hairspray wasn't available. The key to the beehive was "bigger is better." In fact, some people complained to beehive wearers due to not being able to see past their large hairstyles. Popular beehive wearers of the 1960s include Dusty Springfield and Audrey Hepburn.

The Mini Bouffant

As the big hair fad began to die down during the late 1960s, many women sported the mini bouffant hairstyle, also created with rollers and hairspray. This versatile style was easier to create at home, and easier to wear with work ensembles, formal wear, and house wear.

Dynel Hair

Another method to make bouffant styling easier emerged in the late 1960s: Dynel hair. Previously, Dynel hair had been used on Barbie dolls. This faux hair was purchased at department stores and dyed in order to match the hair of the wearer. After that, women could easily pin and braid it to their heads in an up-do.

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