How to Do a 1960S Beehive
1. First of all, wash your hair
2. A side part is a retro part. A comb with a pointy end will come in handy here for a perfectly precise part. If you have bangs, make sure most of them are also parted to the side. If your bangs are bluntly cut and the same length all the way across (a la indie star Zooey Deschanel), the side part will make your bangs uneven going across but fear not, beehive neophyte: simply tuck the longer pieces under the angle of the side-sweep. If you don’t have bangs, simply comb your hair back and be ready to tease up a storm in the front.
3. Pump up the volume. Essentially, this is the poof that makes the bouff. Voluming hairspray is a must, as is a plastic bristled teasing comb and massive forearm strength. Taking sections of your hair (approximately 1-1.5 in. wide), spray liberally underneath the top layer of hair to get at the roots underneath (this is to achieve the “fake” volume effect so thinly coiffed ladies rejoice) and lift the chunk of hair straight up toward the ceiling. While holding the section of hair up in this position
4. Turn up the heat. A curling iron is the tool of choice for some, a blow-drier and cylindrical boar-bristled brush works for others. As long as you can get the inwardly curled flick at the ends of your tresses. Amp the ends of 1-1.5 in. sections of hair and roll up the iron almost all the way, close to the roots. Hold for about 8-10 seconds
To backcomb is to vertically brush with the teasing comb back and forth without lifting the brush from the hair (to really tangle up your tresses) and starting at the middle (or 2-3 inches from the root) of the strand, rather than at the root
Make sure the top of the chunk of hair remains smooth, and that you’re only backcombing underneath the top most layer of hair. Carefully smooth out the top layer of hair with a regular fine-toothed comb
5. The bobby pin is your friend. Now for the beehive part. Tilt your head back, and separate the top third of your hair (minus the bangs if you’ve got them), and do some extra backcombing before gently pinning them back, keeping the top smooth, and the volume as intact as possible. This should look like a volumized half-up, half-down hairstyle. The side strands above your ears that fall loose can be pinned separately once this top piece is secured, but these should be more tightly pinned, and closer to your head.
Push the bobby pins in upwards, and roughly at a 45 degree angle (as diagonal as you can) for maximum hold. Gather up the remaining strands that are left and spritz a little teasing spray back there to catch all the baby hairs and wisps at the nape of your neck. Lift them up, and twist them all together (like you’re twisting a towel over your hair after a shower). When you start running out of hair to twist, fold the rest over to the side and down, a bit like a makeshift mini French twist.
Tuck the tips underneath the twist and secure with bobby pins. At this point, you can use a clip to hide the bobby pins or you can just shellaq the back with some more hairspray. Make sure you give your entire ‘do one final spray and use a comb to smooth down flyaways and loose strands to achieve the evenly (and overly) sprayed stylized look of the times.