Hairstyles in 1963

By Si Kingston

Hairstyles in the early 1960s represent the transition from the popular-teased styles of the fifties to a more natural and straight look--such as the Afro and Hippie hair--that would dominate the mid- to late-sixties.

In 1963, bigger hair was still popular, and teen girls still held on to younger hairstyles, such as ponytails.

The Flip

This hairstyle was accomplished by flipping or curling the ends of the hair upwards. Women would roll the ends of their hair out, rather than rolling the hair inward toward the body. All hair, except the ends, would remain straight. Wearing a headband was common with the flip.

The Beehive

The Beehive, also known as the "B-52" after the bulbous nose of the B-52 bomber, was popular in the early '60s. This style was inspired by the bouffant styles popular in the 1950s. The Beehive required the hair to be teased and held up on top of the head with hairspray and pins.

The Mop-Top

The Mop-Top was popularized by The Beatles when they were in America. The style required the hair to cover the forehead and ears, and grow collar-length in the back. The hair was then cut straight below the ears, midway down the neckline, and straight along the forehead to create a fringe bang.