Popular Short Hairstyles of the 60s

By Audrey Pannell

The 1960s were largely characterized by freedom and expressing oneself, and hairstyles were often experimented with and created during this time. Models and celebrities set the stage for short hairstyles, quickly spiraling them into popularity. Many women cut their long hair in order to sport these more modern, popular styles, which ranged in appearance from boyish cuts to feminine, bouncy curls.

Rollers created the curls needed to create many 60s hairstyles.

Mod Pixie Hairstyle

This short, mod hairstyle quickly grew in popularity when sported by the famous 1960s supermodel Twiggy. It is identified by its short, boyish locks that are combed close to the head. Hair is cut short, with the longest lengths at the top and the shortest lengths at the bottom. The hair at the top will fall anywhere from the temples to the bottom of the ears. It's tapered from the shortest point at the back of the neck to the longer lengths, blending the layers together well. This hairstyle is parted on one side and combed close to the head, with the longest locks tucked behind the ears.

Mini Bouffant Hairstyle

Bouffant hair was extremely popular in the 1960s, and was made famous by Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who often topped the style off with a pillbox hat. The hairstyle may also be referred to as the "bubble." To create it, the stylist cuts the hair short, reaching just below the chin. She cuts bangs at an angle, sweeping them across the forehead. The hair is dampened, wrapped around rollers and dried under a hooded dryer. Once dry, the stylist removes the rollers and teases the hair at the top of the head to add extreme height. She smoothes the hair over and lightly brushes through the curls, loosening them and adding body to the style. The hair is then parted on the side and the stylist flips the curled ends upward. Hairspray holds the style in place.

Full, Curled Hair

This hairstyle is identified by its short, fluffy curls, soft waves and extreme body. The stylist cuts the hair to about the chin and stacks it upward, creating body and lift. She parts the hair on one side and wraps the longest locks in rollers about halfway up the head. The hair on top is kept unrolled so it remains smooth. Once set, the stylist removes the rollers. She adds a styling cream to the hair, smoothing it down at the top and "poofing" it up from the bottom. She uses her fingers to fashion the curls around the middle of the head, forming large loops and waves, then forms a large wave with the bangs and blends them into the curls. The finished style is set with hairspray.