Monday, July 28, 2008

Beehive Hair Do

Amy Winehouse with beehive hairstyle. Reintroduced by Karl Largarfeld.

The beehive is a woman's hairstyle that resembles a beehive and was a great hit in Sibu in the 50's and 60's. Women would sit for hours in a hair salon to get their hair teased and sprayed.

However, few people would remember that it was also known as the B-52, for its similarity to the bulbous nose of the B-52 Stratofortress bomber.

The style originated in the USA in 1958 as one of a variety of elaborately teased and lacquered versions of "big hair" that developed from earlier pageboy and bouffant styles. The peak of its popularity was in the 1960s, and it was especially popular in the United States and other Western countries. By the late 1960s and the early 1970s, the beehive had become unfashionable.

Movie makers who make retro movies would look at Audrey Hepburn's character in Breakfast at Tiffany's . In the movie she sported a large fashionable beehive.

Today R&B/jazz singer Amy Winehouse is known for her signature beehive hairdo and wigs.

If you dig out some of your mother's photos of the 1960's I am sure you might just find one or two photos of her friends sporting a beehive hairdo.

although my mother did not, my beatitufl aunts had their hair done really high up to make a fashion statement. I remember the wife of the manager of Standard Chartered Bank who was a platinum blonde had her done in beehive style. She looked every inch a star when she rode on her Vespa. That was style in Sibu.

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