By Audrey-Hunter Published 06/24/2015 04:37:00 | Views: 1413
The 1960s Joan Beehive Hairstyle Tutorial

The beehive was the most sought-after and replicated hairstyle of the 1960s and is still iconic of that time, along with the Beatles and the mini skirt. Given its name because of its similarity to the shape of old-fashioned beehives, it remains a popular hairstyle for weddings and social events, on the catwalk, and even as an everyday style for some.

In this guide we have created two different styles of beehive, because there are so many different ways you can create this look. The first (The Joan) is created using padding, which gives extra height and volume to your hair. If you have fine hair this is the easiest version to try to help you create a huge beehive.

See here for the second variation (The Brigitte)

You will need

  • Hairdryer
  • Round brush
  • Pin-curl clips, heated rollers or curling tongs
  • Comb
  • Section clips
  • Soft bristle brush for smoothing
  • Kirby grips
  • Hair padding

Step 1

Prep your hair to get some volume and wave, using heated rollers, tongs or a hair dryer and pin-curl clips

Step 2

Section your hair into the following five parts

Section 1: the fringe

Section 2: the top of your head to below the crown.

Section 3: the left side of your head, roughly 2 cm behind your ear

Section 4: the right side of your head, roughly 2 cm behind your ear (both the left and right side are put up in the same way so they wull be dealt with together)

Section 5: the back of your head.

Clip each individual section neatly away.

Step 3

Unclip the section at the top of your head and start taking smaller sections through it. Backcomb each of these small sections from the front to the back, using hairspray between sections, until the entire top section has been backcombed.

* Don't be afraid to make this section as big as you possibly can. You can always make it a little smaller when you start to secure the shape.

Step 4

Secure your hair padding into place around the crown area using kirby grips

Step 5

Start covering the hair padding with your backcombed sections of hair, smoothing out your sections with a soft boar bristle brush as you go along. Be careful not to completely brush out your backcombing.

Play around until you are happy with the shape and height of the hair that is covering the padding.

Step 6

Take the section at the back of your head and start backcombing it into smaller vertical sections. Smooth the top layer of this section and twist this hair into a French pleat leaving the ends out to style later. Now secure it with kirby grips

Step 7

Secure the ends of the French pleat in a barrel curl under the hair pad with kirby grips

Step 8

If you have fine hair you may want to gently backcomb the sides, taking sections running vertically along your head from back to front.

Smooth the sides up to where your hair padding has been placed and covered, and secure with kirby grips, leaving the ends out to style later


Tip: You are probably a few inches taller now. Be careful, when you are gracefully sliding into your taxi or limo, that you don't knock your beehive out of shape


Step 9

The ends of your hair now need to be styled and pinned. Secure these ends in barrel-type curls around the hair pad. Be patient, sometimes this takes a bit of time

Step 10

Release the fringe from its clip and backcomb for volume. Smooth over the layer and comb in the desired direction

Step 11

Spray your hair with hairspray to keep it all smooth and in place


Tip: Taking out your beehive - Remove all pins and hair padding. Take a natural fibre paddle brush and gently brush your hair starting at the very ends, working up to the roots, until all of the backcombing has been brushed out

By Audrey-Hunter 06/24/2015 04:37:00

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