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The Beautiful Beehive Hairdo

Updated on May 20, 2016

The Beehive Hairdo is a Long Time Classic

The beehive hairstyle is a classic hairdo that will always be in style. Currently celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani and other red carpet regals have done their hair in the beehive hairdo. Other famous actresses and performers including Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand have also done their hair up. Throughout the last several decades other woman in the spotlight have taken on the beehive hairdo as their signature fashion style that sets them apart.

The beehive hairdo lives on and is a staple in today's hair fashion. Everyday woman wear the beehive hairdo when they dress up for work. Modern day woman know that the beehive hairstyle is classy and elegant. Most modern day woman don't go to the extreme high elevations that the woman of the 1960s did when they turned their beehives into hornet's nests. Modern day beehives are subdued, practical, and only inches above the head. For example, brides wear their hair up with baby's breathe in it for their special wedding day. Woman of all ages wear their hair up for a night out on the town. In any case, the hairstyle that changed hair fashion over 30 years ago is still going strong.


Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn | Source

The History of the Beehive

Who invented the beehive hairstyle? It all started in Illinois in 1960 when Modern Beauty Shop, now Modern Salon, was looking for a new design for their next publication. They asked Margaret Vinci Heldt to create a new hairstyle. Margaret Vinci Heldt, a hairstylist who owned her own salon, went home and got an idea from a small black velvet hat that was shaped like a bump. She took the mannequin head and sat down late one evening in her family room and started working on the hair. The rest is history. The February issue showed a model strutting a brand new "big hair" hair style. The magazine named the new hairdo "the beehive". The beehive caught on like wildfire. In fact, Audrey Hepburn wore her hair in the new beehive style as she starred in the classic movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in 1961.

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The Tallest Beehive in the World

Marge Simpson, mother to Bart, Lisa and Maggie and wife to Homer, struts a two feet tall blue beehive. Marge has worn this same beehive hairdo in every single episode of "The Simpsons" animated television program. The beehive is getting a lot of exposure thanks to Marge. The animated sitcom, "The Simpsons", is the longest running American program of it's kind.

Marge and the Simpsons
Marge and the Simpsons | Source

How to Create the Beehive Hairdo

The beehive hairstyle is all about up-lift. Plan to spend a bit of time to get the beehive look just right if you are going to try to do it yourself. Some of the tools needed may vary, but include rollers, a curling iron, hair spray, setting lotion, hairpins and bobby pins. In several repeat steps, creating the volume involves fluffing up your hair with teasing and hairspray. A lot of teasing and a lot of hairspray. Also, using hair clips such as bobby pins will keep the beehive hairstyle in place for hours. You need to shape and conform your hair to a round and upright beehive look. Once you get all your hair up and on top of your head, then the rest of the time involves getting the right look of the beehive by putting all your hair in a neat and orderly fashion. The time and effort it takes is well worth the classy and elegant look that the beehive hairstyle achieves.

Do It Yourself 60's Beehive

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The Beehive in the 1970's

Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Janice Rand in Star Trek: The Original Series
Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Janice Rand in Star Trek: The Original Series | Source
The B-52s
The B-52s | Source

A Bit of Trivia on the Band the B-52's

The beehive was also called the B-52 because the shape is similar to the nose of the B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft. In 1976, the B-52s were formed as an American rock band with five members. According to Wikipedia, the band member, Keith Strickland dreamed that the band was named "the B-52's". Two of the band members are female and in the past they have worn their hair up in the beehive hairstyle. Their music company called themselves "Boo-Fant" Records as a take on the word bouffant. The beehive was considered a type of bouffant because it is puffy and round in shape. Among many other songs, the B-52s rock band is known for the hit Rock Lobster.

The Beehive Hairdo in the 1980s - 1988 Hairspray

Blondie's Debbie Harry as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray
Blondie's Debbie Harry as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray | Source

The Beehive Queen on Saturday Night Live in the 1990's

Christine Ohlman "The Beehive Queen" on SNL
Christine Ohlman "The Beehive Queen" on SNL

Modern Beehive Hairstyles

Brides around the country put their hair up in a beehive fashion on their special wedding day. Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez look classy and glamorous in a 1960s style beehive hairdo.

All across the country and the entire world, modern woman, especially those with long hair have the opportunity to put their hair up in the beehive style. Back in the 1960s short woman felt taller as they left the beauty salons with beehive hairdos. Today a slightly elevated hair style allows a woman more options than just wearing it down. Showing the back part of the neck and therefore showing more skin is sexy and glamorous for any aged woman. The guys like it, too. It feels good for a woman to get all dolled up and a little glamorous and head out for an evening of fun.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 years ago from London England

      Jennifer Lopez would be ideal to star in the next Modesty Blaise movie. She has definitely got the bold and sassy look!

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      Angie G 

      7 years ago from HubPages America - Southern California

      Thank you Simone for the nice comment.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, beehives are SO COOL! Love the Hub!

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