The 1960s can easily be identified with the unique fashion trends associated with the decade. Many people correlate hairstyles of the ’60s with the “flip” hairstyle, which was made famous by such celebrities as Mary Tyler Moore, Elizabeth Montgomery and Leslie Gore. Some interesting aspects of the ’60s flip hairstyle include its history, the styling methods used to achieve this look, and the classic and modern variations of this hairstyle.
Mary Tyler Moore may have made the flip hairstyle famous through her appearance on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” but she was not the first to sport the look. During the 1930s, Katherine Hepburn wore a similar flip hairstyle, as did Joan Crawford. As the 1960s progressed, the flip hairstyle continued in its popularity. Beauty pageant contestants wore variations of the flip throughout the decade; some contestants continued to style their hair into a flip even into the 1990s, giving the flip hairstyle the nickname, “pageant hair.” Some modern celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey and Jessica Alba, have worn variations of the flip hairstyle.
Many women who wore the flip hairstyle during the 1960s can attest to the difficulty of trying creating this look, which often involved rolling the hair into soda can-sized rollers, sitting under a hood dryer to set the rollers, teasing the hair until it was just the right height, and finishing with a generous application of hairspray to set the style. Modern women may have a slightly easier time creating the flip, since they have access to blow dryers and curling irons. Because the modern version of the flip has less height, the style is easier to achieve and less damaging to the hair, as less teasing and hairspray is needed.
According to Hairboutique.com, the flip hairstyle works for almost every woman because it is universally flattering. Since the ’60s, many variations of this hairstyle have been worn. In the early 1960s, for example, many women preferred to combine the flip hairstyle with the “bouffant” hairstyle, resulting in a taller, more sculptural variation of the flip. Flip-hairstyles of varying lengths have been popular for many years. For example, the flip can be worn chin-length, shoulder-length or longer to achieve different looks. The flip hairstyle can be worn swept back away from the face, brushed across the face, or a combination with some select strands draping the face.
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