Hairstyles in the 50’s - Part 1

 

Post War World II the United States saw an increase in mass media, film, television, fashion, and disposable income. These things led to the consumption of fashion across the entire nation and the relative idolization of certain fashion icons and their unique looks. Including their ever so popular hairstyles. The 50’s were a place of new hair care products, one-step colors, and other tools that allowed women to change their hair frequently. Here are some of the most popular hair trends of the 50’s.

The Italian Cut

Gina Lollobrigida

Gina Lollobrigida

Italians became a major influence in this time frame, such as Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren, and helped shaped many of our hairstyles. One, in particular, was even called the “Italian Cut”. It featured short and shaggy but sculpted around the head with waves, soft curls, or fluffy kiss curls. Some American movie stars also picked up this trend, such as Elizabeth Taylor.

Curled and Waved Short Hair

The short hair era is open us and this particular hairstyle caused the birth of the modern bouffant and beehive. This particular style featured the hair quite flat around the crown area with curls and waves appearing around the mid-length ends of the hairs. From there, the Bubble Cut and Poodle Cut where born. The short hair would last for a few decades and transform over time to different modifications and styles.

Longer Hair with Ponytail

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

For the teenagers, short hair was something not all of them opted for. Instead, you also saw the appearance of longer hair with a high ponytail tied back with a scarf. These cuts were also accompanied by a short fringe. The most notable actress rocking this hairstyle was Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, which possibly helped bring the style into more relevance and even influence the look of the Barbie.