The 1960s were a decade of enormous change. They came in with the Kennedys and ended with Woodstock, and in between everything changed, including the hair.
See the 15 styles that marked the era, from the Beatles’ mop tops and Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox bob to La Seberg coup and Twiggy’s mod cut. What was your favorite style of the ’60s? Is there anyone else you’d add in?
1. Jean Seberg’s Breathless Crop
When American-born actress Jean Seberg appeared with her hair nearly shorn in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 film Breathless, critics and audiences alike were wowed. “La Seberg coup,” as the style was known in France, became a signature look for rebellious women of all stripes.
2. Dusty Springfield’s Beehive
The beehive was born in 1960, created by Illinois stylist Margaret Vinci Heldt. In just a few years, it had caught on across the country and was further popularized by stars like Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin.
3. Jackie Kennedy’s Pillbox-Perfect Look
When her husband became president in 1961, Jacqueline Kennedy brought a whole new era of elegance to the White House and inspired millions of American women to change their style. With her smooth, perfect bob and always-fashionable hats, she practically changed the entire female silhouette for the first half of the 1960s.
4. Joan Baez’s Original Hippie Hair
Folk singer Joan Baez (seen here in 1963 with then-boyfriend Bob Dylan) may be the original hippie girl. She had her first gold record in 1962 and was wearing the centre-parted, long, natural hairstyle typical of the late 1960s — almost half a decade before it caught on.
5. The Beatles’ Mop Tops
The Fab Four had their first hit with “Love Me Do” in 1962, but their mop-top hairstyles also quickly took both sides of the Atlantic by storm. At the time, their “long” hair was considered unkempt and rebellious, and young people wearing the look were actually arrested and forced to have their hair cut at police stations.