Women of the 50s knew the distinctive characteristics between a beehive and a bouffant, but chances are, if you are reading this, you don’t. Basically, a beehive his larger, with more volume, than a bouffant ever thought about being. For anyone who might be interested in checking out some of both signature styles, look no further than to the Motown girl group greats–with the best bouffants and beehives ever. These were the inspiration behind every type of high-do that ever followed, to be sure, and illustrating that, at least when it comes to women’s hair, big is better! Check out the Ronettes, most famous for their hit Be My Baby. Now, that’s what we need to be talking about!
With first things first, go ahead and assemble a bristle brush, a comb, some bobby pins that hold well, some high-quality hair serum and some top holding hairspray. A true holdover from the era, AquaNet hairspray was the single source of enablement for every single voluminous hairstyle that defined the times. It’s still sold, and somehow by using it, your 50s beehive will be even more authentic. And hair that has not been washed in a couple of days is by far more easy to support your efforts to add volume, and will generally stay put much better than freshly washed hair.
Beginning the Pouf
First, section off the top portion of your hair, and tease, tease away, until you have a lot of height–and not much to the sides. Some women have actually incorporated loofahs or pantyhose that are balled up to add more volume here. If you do, make sure it’s fully covered. Especially with long hair, the best way to tease it is while bent over, with your head upside down and your hair pointing downward. The top is where you want the volume to be concentrated, just as high as you like. Try to leave about ⅛ inch of hair from your forehead hairline less teased, as you will be combing that over the full, “bird’s nest” teased section to hopefully obscure the thick mess and appear to be smooth. Once that top section has been sufficiently teased, you can move on to the back lower section. Don’t tease this area as much. Now, how much hair you tease at this point will depend on whether you will be doing a French twist or a half-up. If a half-up, you may not need to do any further teasing. With a French twist, lightly tease the back bottom section. Next you want to kind of flip it all back, and before you do any brushing, give it a good spray with hairspray and let it dry. Then, with very gentle top-brushing, brush the hair from the hairline on backward.
Make sure to only use good bobby pins with superior gripping action, and pull the front section top and sides back, with the sides kind of tautly, and secure in the back by either twisting all the top hair into a roll and tucking it under, secured with plenty of bobby pins. You could alternately use an attractive clip and allow the ends to fall down, with the rest of your unsecured hair. A nice look is to use a flat iron to smooth all the ungathered hair straight down, with a nice little flip up at the end.
The All-Up Beehive
For an all-up do, you can tease more of the back, and taking the bottom section gather the hair kind of like for a ponytail. Pulling it upward, twist it relatively tightly and fold it over, in half. Now tuck it all inward to hide the roll with as many bobby pins as you need. Then, the top section can be finished off in the same way, with its roll just overlapping the bottom section, or you can at this point, develop a full-on French twist, without first rolling the bottom section and securing.