The 1960s were a time of great social and cultural change, and this was especially true when it came to fashion and the hairstyles of both women and young girls. From the beehives and bouffants of the decade’s earlier years to the let-it-all-hang-out shagginess of the Woodstock era, hairstyles for young girls ran the gamut.

Popular Girls’ Hairstyles in the Early 1960s

At the beginning of the decade, two of the most popular girls’ hairstyles were the flip (which flips the hair out of from the face and at the tips) and the bouffant, also popularly known as the beehive. The rise in popularity of the latter was in great part due to then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, whose elegant bouffant hairstyle was vastly imitated by millions of American women. Highly conscious of fashion, mothers often styled their daughters’ hair in a manner similar to their own.

An Arduous Process

These 60s hairstyles were not easy to achieve; neither the bouffant nor the flip was particularly practical for young girls. Since handheld hair dryers were still decades away, these hairstyles often required women to sit under massive hairdryers for the better part of an hour, and sleep with bulky rollers in their hair to give it a stylish curl the following morning. Some women even learned how to sleep sitting up, so the curlers set properly during the night.

Girls’ Hairstyles in the Mid-1960s

As it is today, women of the era emulated the hairstyles of celebrities. When fashion model Twiggy burst upon the scene, her shorter, cropped hairstyle was copied by many women. Since this was also a far less time-consuming style to maintain, it became socially acceptable for young girls to wear their hair shorter. Meanwhile, fashion during this period moved forward at a rapid pace, and Twiggy’s short, boyish cut quickly eclipsed the popularity of the more-coiffed hairstyles that characterized the early part of the decade.

Girls’ Hairstyles in the Late 1960s

By the latter part of the decade, flower power had come into full force, with the burgeoning hippie movement reflected in mainstream fashion. This proved to be the case when it came to young girls’ hairstyles, which became longer and straighter. The time-consuming curls, requiring mothers to place massive curlers in their daughters’ hair, became less popular. Emulating the teenagers of the day, young girls grew their hair longer.