The very first thing I think of when I hear the phrase 1950s hairstyles is, the bouffant.
From the classic 50’s TV show I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball trotted along the stage sporting her wicked red poodle cut fifties hairstyle. The 1950s were all about soft and curly, no one wanted long or straight hair, it just wasn’t the style then.
I think the cutest 1950s hairstyles for women was to pull the hair back into a bun and wrapping a chiffon scarf around it.
Now 1950s hairstyles for men, for cool men, would have to be the D.A. or ducktail. For the cool white males to get this look they would comb the hair on the sides back and grease it, that is how the term greasers came about. The D.A. was created by barber Joe Cirella in 1940, and the hairstyle was made famous when it was worn by movie and TV stars like John Travolta in Grease, and Henry Winkler in Happy Days.
Sideburns were also a huge fad in 1950s hairstyles for men.
James Dean and Elvis Presley both had sideburns which undoubtedly only popularized them even more, but eventually the phase died down as young men decided that they are just too much of a hassle to keep up. But something like every 20 years sideburns make their crazy little marks on the faces of young men as the style tries to make a comeback.
Basic 1950s hairstyles, and probably one of the most popular because of its simplicity, is the ponytail.
Simply basic and there is nothing to it, just hair pulled back into a simple, casual ponytail.
In the late 50s women’s styles changed dramatically, from basic pin up curls and ponytails to crazy big backcombed bouffant, beehives, and the French pleat.
Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and Doris Day were fans of the very popular bubble cut, while Elizabeth Taylor preferred a more sophisticated look with her gorgeous, chic permanent wave.
Hair was such a big deal that by 1955 nearly thirty thousand salons had opened up in Britain. Hair products like hair spray and rollers became more available to the general public making it quite easy for everyday women to create their own, bigger, and better 1950s hairstyles at home.