10 Classic Updo Hairstyles From The 60’s

Nothing spells elegance and drama like the decade's beehive buns and high ponytails.

By Jyotsana Rao

The 60s were the updo decade! Every hairstyle was big – beehives, half updos, back-combed, and ponytails. So, we made a 60s updos hairstyles list! And once you scroll through our picks, you’ll understand why!

From chic and classy to hippie and laid-back, you can find a 60s updo that speaks to your heart and soul. So, scroll down to check out these hairstyles and pick your favorite.

1. Side-Swept Beehive:

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Top marks to Marion Cotillard, who channelled 60s style with this magnificent beehive at the premiere of the Blood Ties in Cannes. The actress looks smoking hot with this hairdo, and we particularly love Marion’s right parting that frames her face beautifully. To achieve this look, use anti-frizz and pin your hair up tightly to prevent flyaways. Once done styling, pair it with minimal makeup and nude lipstick.

2. Half Beehive:

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At the 85th Annual Academy Awards, singer Adele wore her hair in a half beehive – a perfect hairstyle with a hint of glamour. We love how retro her look is, with volume at the back and long, face-framing bangs on either side. She further matched her back-combed up-do with ultra-long lashes, porcelain smooth skin and a nude, matte lip.

3. Half Up Half Down:

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For a sophisticated and retro look, take inspiration from Zooey Deschanel and add an unusual bun to your stylish half up‘do. To achieve this look, divide your hair into two sections and pin the bottom section off. Subtly backcomb the top section, twist it into a larger bun and secure it with bobby pins. Release the bottom section of hair and finish it off by applying a shine serum.

4. Beehive With Bangs:

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If you’ve always been a fan of the Audrey Hepburn beehive with side bangs, but don’t have the time or a good hair care product to pull it off, here’s your solution: Gizzi Erskine’s vintage beehive, which she rocks at pre-BAFTA party. The actress paired her sleek up-do with a black dress, gorgeous statement jewellery, and sleeker, minimal make-up, including a coral lip – just like Audrey’s!

5. Bumped Up Bun:

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WOW, indeed! Cheryl Cole looks smokin’ hot with this romantic and chic Hollywood-style updo. The pretty singer paired her messy, bumped up bun with a black Mullet dress, a dreamy smokey eye, and nude lips at Foxcatcher Premiere in Cannes. Give your vintage bun some extra texture by twisting sections of hair into a bun behind your head.

6. High Twisted Bun:

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Totally picture perfect: Katie Cassidy’s two-toned blonde high twisted bun and a gorgeous, wide smile would be recognisable anywhere. The bun adds so much playfulness while the tangled twists remind us of the era gone by. And the result? A timeless style for every occasion.

7. Beehive Low Pony:

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Joelle Carter looks stunning with her copper blonde hair in the 60s beehive low ponytail, proving us that the hairdo can never, ever go out of style. We love the wispy, side bang that grazes her cheek whilst concealing her forehead. To mimic this look, take a cue from the actress and practice until perfect.

8. 60’s High Ponytail:

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Modern day diva, Kate Beckinsale looks pretty and poised with her 60’s inspired high ponytail. Simply add a bit of hairspray and tease your hair up, and voila! You’ll have the perfect sophisticated look.

9. French Twist:

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Don’t be afraid to twist your hair just like this model at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Separate hair into two sections and twist them around each other at the back of your head and pin into place. End result: a glamorous retro French twist.

10. Twisted Updo:

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A little bit retro, a little bit modern, but a lot of amazing. Julia Robert’s twisted voluminous updo is a perfect look for weddings and parties. The Oscar winning actress pairs her structured and elegant updo with flicks of black eyeliner and nude lipstick.

The 1960s are an unquestionable gold mine of retro beauty inspiration. It wasn’t simply the makeup that made the 1960s one of the most beautiful decades. Many fresh, fascinating, and very fashionable hairstyles emerged during the decade. Hair in the 1960s was daring, seductive, and as free-spirited as attitudes, with bombshell waves and bohemian bangs. And now, hairstyles from the 1960s are making a big comeback! So, if you are looking for a fresh new look, it’s only natural to go to this trendy era for inspiration, so we have compiled a list of the greatest 60s updos hairstyles!

Frequently Asked Questions

What was the most popular hairstyle in the 1960s?

The beehive was the most popular hairstyle of the ‘60s. You can find multiple versions of this hairstyle flaunted on many magazine covers and movie posters from that era. It was styled in updo, half up-half down, low bun, and ponytail hairstyles. It was often worn with loose hair to add a bit of height and volume at the crown.

What are the five key points to consider when designing an updo?

• Think about the occasion, and pick a style accordingly.
• Keep all your products and clips ready before you start.
• Divide your hair into sections, and work on one section at a time.
• Take your time, and don’t rush the process.
• Finish off with hairspray to set the updo in place.

Should hair be washed before getting an updo?

If you are getting the updo styled at a salon, wash your hair a few hours before the appointment. If you are styling your own hair, wash it the night before.

How long should your hair be for an updo?

There are updo styles for tresses of all lengths: short, medium, and long. If you have short hair, you can add extensions to achieve a dramatic updo.

How do you keep an updo in place?

Use a strong-hold product like hair gel or hairspray.

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Jyotsana Rao is an engineering graduate from NIT, Nagpur, who discovered her love for writing during her undergraduate days. She... more