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Bad Hair Days: 1960s

We’ve all probably had a few bad hair days in our lives, but what about a bad hair decade? Sometimes styles become insanely popular out of nowhere, then leave us saying, “what were they thinking?” years later. In this installment of “Bad Hair Days,” we’ll be looking at a popular style from the 1960s – the beehive.

The Beehive


Photo of Amy Winehouse with a large beehive hairstyle

Unlike most hairstyles, the beehive can be clearly traced to one inventor. The style was created in 1960 by Margaret Vinci Heldt of Illinois. She had previously won the National Coiffure Championship in 1954, and was asked by the magazine editors of “Modern Beauty Salon” to create a new style for to reflect the decade. The shape of the style is meant to mimic the nose of a B-52 airplane.

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