There are lots of movies that aim for a historical aesthetic when it comes to hairstyles and others where it’s a mishmash. But it seems to me that when historical costume movie/TV series hairstyles vary from what WOULD be historically accurate, it’s due to current-to-filming perceptions about hair. So, working decade-by-decade, let’s look at some of these not-so-accurate films/TV series and compare the hair to what’s going on at the time of filming, and see if I’m right! See my posts about the 1910s, 1920s, 1930s in two parts, 1940s in two parts, and 1950s to find out about historical hairstyles in the movie industry’s earlier decades.
This time, it’s the 1960s, aka the shooting-fish-in-a-barrel decade for contemporary influences on “historical” hairstyles.
Fashionable Hairstyles of the 1960s
In general, it was all about big, high hair — the bouffant! Early on, it was teased out versions of the styles worn in the 1950s. As the decade progressed, longer styles came into fashion, usually teased up for volume as well. Hair was often straight or waved, and near the very end of the decade, a “natural” look came in with straight hair worn without volume.
Men’s styles were generally side parted, layered, and combed back — but sometimes there would be bangs brushed forward. The Beatles and the counterculture started to introduce “long” styles for men, but these were about 1″-3″ longer than mainstream styles.
Historical Movie Hairstyles of the 1960s
Let’s do this! Film images first, followed by period sources for comparison.
Ancient Films of the 1960s
Medieval Films of the 1960s
Renaissance Films of the 1960s
18th Century Films of the 1960s
Which 1960s films do you recommend, either for historically accurate hairstyles, or for hairstyles that are screamingly contemporary?