The hairstyles of the 1960s were in transition, from the big hair of the
1950s which would eventually convert to the ragged and glitzy hair of
the hippie age which emerged in the latter part of the 1960s. This
hairstyle gallery shows styles from the middle years, when the
1950s were declining and before the onset of the psychedelic era.
Beehives were simple and elegant, big hair showed off-the-forehead
in sweeps, and there were left and right side sweeps and flips.
Flips and all their variations were popular, and in many cases the hair was a mixture of styles. The shorter poodle style hair of the 1950s was being abandoned, in spite of never-ending reruns of "I Love Lucy". The style was was a softer and neater look. It was a mixture of innocence, with an emergence of the more dynamic female who was about to experience a surge of Feminism. The girls had the brains and wanted to show it. The Viet Nam war meant that more than just draft dodgers had to stand up and complain, there had be an across-the-board demonstration from both sexes. You had to choose your side, and the predominant feeling was to stop the killing, which became the latter-day sixties, "Make Love Not War."
The Beatles had just begun to breach the male hairstyle standards. As men's hair grew longer, the girls had competition. The cliche phrase, "Is it a Boy or a Girl" was born in this decade, and for awhile the girls were content to be on an equal footing with the boys, because their concern for world events was equal. But in the workplace, women were still unfairly paid and made to work hard, and there was a revolution afoot, that would shortly see an emergence of the demand: "Equal Pay for Equal Work." The was a harshness and an anger brewing on the horizon. But for now, in the middle sixties, there was a softness and a cuteness. The boys and the girls together were still mourning an age of innocence which had received the first shattering blow with the assassination of John F. Kennedy and would soon seen the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King.