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Swell & Groovy Hairdo's of the 1950s & 60's

Hair, clothing and footwear styles of 1950s (no sound)

Starlets 1950 - 1957

Virginia McGraw (1950)

Virginia McGraw (1950)

Lana Turner (1951)

Lana Turner (1951)

Ruth Roman (1953)

Ruth Roman (1953)

Bridget Bardot (1953)

Bridget Bardot (1953)

Marilyn Munroe (1954)

Marilyn Munroe (1954)

Audrey Hepburn (1956)

Audrey Hepburn (1956)

Jayne Mansfield (1957)

Jayne Mansfield (1957)

Who's That Girl With the Beautiful Hair? It's Barbie!

Barbie's long golden, tied-up hair is a perfect compliment to her stylish poodle skirt and saddle shoes! She's the belle of the Barbie Ball and queen of the sock hop!

Barbie's long golden, tied-up hair is a perfect compliment to her stylish poodle skirt and saddle shoes! She's the belle of the Barbie Ball and queen of the sock hop!

Swell Hairdo's of the 1950s

Ah, the 50's. James Dean, velcro, hula hoops, saddle shoes and Beatniks. Buddy Holly and Richie Valenze had their records on the jukebox, and the carhops roller skated around with trays of food. Meanwhile, the world was recovering from war and a surge of scientific and technological advances were taking place.

Though the hydrogen bomb was being born and there was a drive to round up Communists, It was also a time of innocence and censorship. Desi and Lucy slept in separate beds, Elvis could only be filmed above the waist because the way he moved his hips was scandalous. That wasn't swell, but they all had good hair.

Here in Canada, the birth rate was escalating at a furious pace like the rest of the free world. By 1955, our population had reached over 15 million. I can't speak for the rest of the world, but all of our fashionable babies were adorned with sausage roll hairdo's. My mother would have given me one....if I'd had any hair up until the age of 2. What were they thinking?

Yes, times were different, and naturally, the hairstyles of the day reflected that. They were swell.

Generally speaking, do's of the 50's were soft and they featured curls. A stark contrast to the dark and heavy make-up the ladies wore, and to those cat's eyes glasses that the vision impaired sported.

Naturally, the beginning of the decade was still dragging remnants of the 40's along. Hairstyles still reflected some of that look that actresses like Joan Crawford were known for - curly, poufy and often parted in the centre. Somehow, it managed to look that way, even when tied back and pinned up. They always had vertical hair. Perhaps they wanted to appear taller. In all likelihood, it was due to the popularity of 'Permanent Wave' hair treatments the women went to the hair salon for. Those who couldn't afford a professional used either the Toni or the Bobbi Home Permanent Kit, which included smelly, caustic chemicals and perm rods.

North America in the 1950's was progressing rapidly, and as morays became more relaxed, so did the popular hairdo's. They evolved, getting shorter and < ** gasp - spell it, don't say it! ** > s-e-x-i-e-r. While the ever classy and classic Audrey Hepburn managed to pull off both at once, Marilyn Munroe sometimes wore her hair at mid-length. Women like Bridget Bardot and Jayne Mansfield stayed with longer styles. The tight curls of 1950 had given way by the later part of the decade to a more relaxed and accentuating sultriness that transferred well to the screen. They also lost a lot of that high helmet-head appeal that carried over from the previous decade.

As North American women looked to the actresses and starlets of the decade for their style cues, they soon followed suit with their own hair, adapting the celebrities' styles as their own as closely as they could, ever changing to keep pace.

If you'd like to emulate any of the swell hairstyles of the 1950s, you will need to get a perm. Sorry ladies, but it's a fact. For women with curly hair or those who just want the pin curls, simply get a mountain of bobby pins, wrap individual hunks of hair around your finger and then press to head and pin securely in place. The tighter of curl you want, the thinner the strand of hair you should use, and the tighter you need to curl it. Keep working until the whole area you want curled is done. The curls hold best if the pins are crossing each other like an 'X'. You will likely be more satisfied with the outcome if you use this process on wet hair, and add some Dippity-Do to each. You may leave in overnight, or all day. When ready, remove pins and style. Don't worry about frizz, that's part of it.

You'll look swell!

How 1950s Women "Weatherproofed" Their Hair

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Vintage 1950's hair Tonic Commercial

Vintage Brylcreem TV advert US

Men's Swell Hairstyles of the 1950s

From the time of their first haircut, males of the 1950s went to a barber. There were no such things as uni-sex hair salons, they hadn't been invented yet. It is highly doubtful that they would have been used by men at that time anyway. Men and women were still a long way apart regarding equality. Each gender had specific roles that they were expected to adhere to. When it came to haircuts, men went to barbers.

That's not to say that the men lacked style when it came to their hair. They had the crew cut, the flat top, and for the teens, the ever popular duck tail.

I'm not sure what they call the style my dad wore. The back is cut regularly and the front has a big dippy wave in it. He trained it that way in his teenage years, and still wears the style today. He has never changed it.

Check out the movie, Rebel Without A Cause starring James Dean, if you need a visual reference of men's hair fashions of the 50's.

If you're thinking of emulating these retro styles, find yourself a retro barber and a bottle of Vitalis or a tube of Brylcreem.

Adorn Hair Spray 1960s TV Commercial

Vintage Dippity-Do Commercial

How Groovy!

Groovy Hairdo's of the Swinging Sixties

Time to switch gears. Come out of that rock and roll age of swingin' chicks and glamorous hairstyles, and into the Age of Aquarius. Think peace rallies, mini skirts, go-go boots and hotpants, white lipstick, enormous hoop earrings. Groups like The Supremes, Herman's Hermits and of course, The Beatles, are all coming out of your transister radio. It's really neat, and later on in the decade, it will be far out! But mostly, it will be groovy. So, hoist up your bell bottoms, put Tiny Tim on the record player, and let's talk hair. After all, it was an important enough topic in the 60's that it spawned a whole musical.

Hairstyles changed with the times and fashion as they always do, and all the styles had names, with new ones cropping up with each fab change in the mod meter of the era - from neat to groovy to psychedelic.

The beehive, the bouffant and the pageboy were just a few of the stylish hairdo names. Updo's were big (literally), as were ponytails. All required work. In 1968, I used to scotch tape my bangs to my forehead every night so they would be straight in the morning. I would have red tape marks on my face all day, but at least I wasn't walking around mortified that my hair was not stylishly straight.

When styling your hair, sometimes you would set your rollers to make your hair flip up, sometimes to flip down. Enormous rollers were well used in the sixties. You could even use juice tins if you didn't have actual curlers large enough to give you the big, smooth hair of the day. Try it sometime. It's not as easy as it sounds. If that doesn't work for you, just iron it and go with the straight look, like we did.

To be hip, you usually needed to set your hair. For a beehive, you had to tease the bejeebers out of your hair to raise it up high enough. Good luck when it came time to comb it out. It would have been easier and a lot less painful to just shave your head. I'm sparing you exact instructions. You can thank me now.

People like Twiggy ushered in the anorexic fashion, complete with extremely short, straight hair. Meantime, people with hair like mine tried to hide behind shag haircuts. They were so pitiful. Luckily, Afro's came on the scene eventually, and I fit right in.

After a few years, the Flower Children and Hippies appeared, removing all need to be concerned about hairstyles....or hygiene. At this point, things were far out. Think Cheech and Chong. They would make their public debut as a team in the early 70's. I think society was getting ready for them.

Men's Groovy Do's of the 60's

The whole sixties decade was a time of constant, rapid change.

Men's hairstyles eased into the era still shorter from the 50's and growing into a Beatles' cut to match the wildly popular Moptops (influenced by The Beatles, natch!) of the day. While the women's hair got shorter, the men's got longer.

By the end of the 1960s, many men had hair below their shoulders and sometimes down to their waists. Many a parent complained that from behind, they couldn't tell the boys from the girls. In fact, it was easy - the girls had the short hair. It was all very groovy!

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So take lots of hairstyle pictures and make notes. You'll be recording for posterity and future HubPages contributions.

An author's blessing - May you always have lots of swell and groovy hair. If you can't have lots of swell and groovy hair (no names, Jimmy) then may you have a swell and groovy bald pate with plenty of shine.

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Swell & Groovy Comments Here Please

Stephanie Henkel from USA on February 03, 2012:

What a wonderful hub! I love all the photos of 1950's and 60's movie stars and their great hair styles! I loved the Audrey Hepburn look when I was in high school - still do! I'll be linking this to my hub, 7 Lessons I Learned in High School.

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 05, 2010:

Thank-you, CBalli! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

cballi316 from USA on November 04, 2010:

What a fun hub!

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 04, 2010:

Hi, Debi!

Oh yes, I remember the pink rollers...and those horrible ones with the bristles that used to get hopelessly tangled in my hair. They hurt so bad!

Used to have a pair of those white go-go boots, loved those things!

I think women used to wrap their hair in toilet paper to keep it neat while sleeping because they only had it done once a week or so. Ah, the good old days!

Beer cans? You rock! I only used OJ tins. :)

Thanks for your comment and the trip down memory lane, Debi!

Debi on October 27, 2010:

Laughing at all the memories.. but who remembers the "spoolies " you know the pink little roller that snap down ,, how about the white go-go boots, and don't forget to wrap your hair in toilet paper !!! and I did use beer cans for my flip.. I remember my dad cutting the ends off for me with a blow torch.. ahhh yes the 60's

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 15, 2010:

Hi, Yenajeon. I've only seen Mad Men a couple of time but loved it! Also those hairdos.

Thanks for your comment!

Yena Williams from California on September 28, 2010:

I've been obsessed with the fifties thanks to Mad Men.

Love the hair-styles!

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 27, 2010:

Hi, Lindsay! Don't you just love those old videos? Sadly, I remember when they weren't old. :)

Thanks so much for dropping by and for your comment.

lindsays5624 on September 17, 2010:

Some very interesting reading on how hair styles have moved on through this period. I initially was attracted to your hub by looking at the nostalgic TV Video because I have one on my hub.

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 12, 2010:

Glad you enjoyed it, Oldenbuzz! Yes, that pic of Marilyn is classic beauty, isn't it? It's sad that she's the only one who didn't see it in herself.

Thanks so much for your comment!

OldenbuzzDotCom on July 04, 2010:

Loved reading this hub. It's an amusing history as well as a practical how-to guide for many styles. That photo of Marilyn is stunning and seems to capture her essence.

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 10, 2010:

I'll second that, Jayne! Those perms really stunk, too! Or is that 'stank'? I remember hearing that they burned, as well. It must've taken forever to get a nice 'do'. No wonder most women only had their hair done once a week and that included their shampooing.

Thanks for coming by, Jayne!

Renee S from Virginia on February 10, 2010:

I love everything about the 50's. I wasn't born yet, but I remember hearing stories about growing up in the 50's from my mom.

GojiJuiceGoodness from Roanoke, Virginia on February 08, 2010:

Wow! This is a very informative hub! Thanks for making it.

sheila b. on February 02, 2010:

Thanks for the memories.

Jayne Lancer from West London, UK on January 29, 2010:

Thank goodness for Vidal Sassoon, who revolutionized hairstyles in the 60s. Imagine having to put all those pins into your hair just to get the right look, or perms; no thank you!

A wonderful look back!

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 26, 2010:

Thanks so much, Isabelle! I really appreciate the thumbs up.

RGraf, your petals have beautiful style! :)

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on January 23, 2010:

I love the styles of yesteryear. I watch the movies and wish I had such a beautiful style.

Isabelle22 from Somewhere on the coastline on January 20, 2010:

Really enjoyed the hairstyles. A huge thumbs up.

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 08, 2009:

Hi, Camlo! I'm with you - I still love the dress styles and a bunch of other things from the sixties. I consider myself lucky to have lived through that era.

Yes, that hairspray definitely worked. Why? Because women used about 12 quarts of it each time they sprayed. :)

Thanks for reading and commenting, Camlo!

Camlo De Ville from Cologne, Germany on November 06, 2009:

Hi Shirley!

I love anything to do with the sixties, as far as style is concerned. It was probably the most innovative period of fashion history.

Really enjoyed the hairspray ad with those clips -- do you think it worked as promised?

Will be looking out for more of you.

Best regards,


Sexy jonty from India on October 16, 2009:

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 01, 2009:

Ahh, Ebower, you liked Twiggy's do. I did too but I have curly hair, so I wasn't able to wear it. Naturally, during the teen years, that meant that I felt like a total outcast. :)

Thanks for coming by, Ebower!

Erin Bower from Georgia on September 30, 2009:

Great informative hub! I loved the 60's short hair myself :)

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 10, 2009:

LOL, Reinalisa! Back in those days, moms didn't wash their hair everyday. Looking back, I think it's because it took too long to get all that teasing out of their hair.

I don't mind at all if you fan me! Thank-you!

reinalisa1 on September 10, 2009:

Very Good and Very True! Although I'm still trying to forget my Mother's "BeeHive" to this very day! Hope You don't mind if I became your fan. Look Forward To More From You !!! Reinalisa1

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 15, 2009:

LOL, Laura! I hadn't thought about that but I'll bet you're right, all those bobby pins would cause a ruckus at the airport. :)

I suffer from intolerably frizzy, curly hair. Back in the 60's, I used a little product called Curl Free. It worked great, too. I had straight hair with little frizz for brief periods of time. I don't think they make it anymore. Now, I just use anti-frizz products. I've probably tried a thousand of them looking for one that actually works. Some are better than others but man, it's so great when they do!

Thanks for coming by, Laura.

Laura Spector from Chiang Mai, Thailand on July 15, 2009:

What a fun hub! The thought of all those pins in my head gives me a headache. I wonder if those styles would set off metal detectors? I'll just have to stick with the frizz that comes naturally and pretend!

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 04, 2009:

LOL, Enelle. Yeah, sausage roll head was very popular for babies for a while. It begs the question, what were they thinking? Maybe a little infant James Dean or something, only the detailing on top of the head instead of a duck tail. I really don't know.

Thanks for coming by!

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on July 03, 2009:

I missed a lot of the hairstyles, but my mother had the sausage roll thing happening to my hair - it was so fine she had to wet it to get it to stay LOL...good thing I didn't know better :P

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 22, 2009:

I'm glad that you enjoyed it, Priyanka! Yes, I saw that some of the poofiness is coming back into style. Hope they find a way of doing without the teasing.

I agree with you re the hairspray, too!

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Priyanka Swamy from Concord, CA on April 21, 2009:

This was such an interesting read! Some of the styles of the 50's and 60's were not that bad, as there are a lot of stylists bring them back today, but with more of a modern twist. Also, thank goodness that hair products such as hairspray have come a long way since those times. No longer does your hair have to feel stiff as a board when you style it.

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 19, 2009:

Yeah, it was a lot of work, Dolores. I remember watching the women teasing their hair for the umpteenth time. I tried not to do it often once I was old enough because it was hellishly hard to get out again. I don't know how women would have survived the 60's without truckloads of hairspray. I think it's still floating around somewhere. :)

Thanks, Dolores!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on March 19, 2009:

gee, what a lot of work, my mom used to say 'beauty must suffer' and i thought, the hell with being beautiful, all that hairspray, well they still use a lot of 'product' it ruins your scalp...lot of work on the hub as well

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 28, 2009:

Aww, Cris - you poor darlin'! Yeah, mothers can be so cruel, can't they? I'll bet you looked cute as a button, though! Sorry my hub brought you pain. :( Glad you came by, though. :)

Jama, you know enough for me to place your age approximately, but don't worry, your secret is safe with me ('cause I remember that stuff, too).

No, no - never beer cans, always juice cans! You're right, you just can't open the bottom of a beer can with a hand-held can opener. Oh, lifting the tease....anything that was slim and long enough to get under all the hair worked. The rattail was nice for smoothing hair lightly over the hole made by the lifting. Oh, and don't even get teased hair wet! Your only recourse would be to shave your head!

Thanks for the chuckles, JamaGenee! I'm glad you dropped in to my humble hub of hair. :)

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on February 27, 2009:

Shirley, I don't know how I missed this the first time around either! What a trip down memory lane! (Won't say how far tho!) OMG, AquaNet! I can still taste it too! And the juice can rollers! (My ex-husband insists they were beer cans...right...ever tried to cut out both ends of a beer can with a can opener? Ain't happnin'.) btw, hair can be teased with *any* comb..only need a rattail for the point to lift droopy spots, but a pencil or a nail file worked pretty good too. ;) And NEVER EVER try to comb out teased hair when it's wet! (Or so I've!) Thanks for the smiles!

Cris A from Manila, Philippines on February 27, 2009:

I should thank Pam and MM and the others for bringing this out. No other hub has reminded me of my painful childhood like this one. Yes I didn't have a say on what my hair then should look like. My hair was at the mercy of my evil mother and the barber of course! hmf! :C

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 27, 2009:

MM, I'm just glad you took the time and trouble to blow the dust off this one and give it a read! It's one of my favs, and the search engines like it, too.

Follow up...hmmm, that's a great idea, MM. It's going to have to wait for awhile though, until I have a bit more time.

OMG - 80's hairstyles....or clothes....what the hell were we thinking?!? They were horrible! That may just make an interesting hub, you're right.

Hey, are you old enough to remember the brush curlers that were held in place with bobby pins and they got tangled up in your hair and when your mother pulled them out, your hair came out (painfully!) with them? I much preferred the foam rollers! In fact, I think I still have some somewhere!

After mom died (about a year and a half ago) I somehow managed to end up with her Toni perm rods. I got rid of them, but they (and the Toni box they were in) brought back memories of people I knew that used to do home permanents.

Think I still have a rattail comb somewhere, too! Dippity Doo - check. And I have naturally curly hair. :)

Thanks so much for coming by!

Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on February 27, 2009:

Shirley! How'd I miss this hub the first time around? Probably either not quite on HP yet or not yet in the "groove" (ha ha). This is FABULOUS. You've got to do a follow up on 70s and 80s hair. And what about those "Friend"-ly 90s when everyone emulated Rachel. OMG. How fun.

All this hair talk makes me want to pull out my foam rollers. Or maybe my hot rollers. And my rattail comb. And my Dippity Doo.

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 27, 2009:

Hi Pam. Thanks for dropping by my humble hair hub. :)

Yeah, I can remember women sleeping on satin pillowcases, and putting big clips in their hair to hold it in place until they went out. Apparently, some even wrapped toilet paper around their heads so their hair wouldn't get mussed. Sheesh!

The once a week visit to the hairdresser was pretty standard for lots of ladies, I think. Re the teasing, that hurt like H-E-double hockey sticks to get out!

The 70's, yes. The era I longed for straight hair the most. Actually, I think the guys had longer hair than the gals.

Thank-you for reading and for saying nice things! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Pam Roberson from Virginia on February 27, 2009:

Oh my word, I fell asleep during the scroll down through your massive comments! I'm saving those to read for another day. :) I can see I'm not alone in loving this one!

What a job you did with the history, pictures, and video! Outstanding. :) I was just a little kid in the 60's, but i remember my mother going to the beauty salon once a week to get her hair teased up at least a foot high. She slept on a satin pillow case to keep it from getting messed up till her next appointment. :D lol!

Thank goodness the 70's were easy and everyone had long, straight hair parted in the middle. A stroll through my yearbook shows guys and girls looking virtually the same. ;)

Thanks for a nostalgic and fun read Shirley. I'll be back for the comments. ;)

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 27, 2009:

Thank-you, JJ! I can't remember if my mom used it or not...somebody did, I remember seeing the jar, so she probably did. Your uncle used it? I thought the men all used Brylcreem back then. :)

jjrubio on February 27, 2009:

Love it!!! And may I say I haven't heard of Dippity Do in years! I remember my Mom having a jar of that as a kid and my Uncle who used to use that to slick his hair back with. MEMORIES!!!

Anyhow- Fantastic Hub and I also love all these looks...

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 25, 2008:

Thx, Alex. I had to chuckle....did you have trouble getting your comment to post? I got it several times.

broalexdotinfo from EU on September 25, 2008:

Lovely hair styles. really enjoyed this hub. :)

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 24, 2008:

Christoph, you would look fab and GROOVY in a beehive!!  Really neat, man! 

Something I forgot to mention in the article - and this is crucial so pay attention - you need to reinforce that baby with about 14 cans of hairspray (the king size cans).  If you can still see through the vaporous cloud enough to get out of the bathroom, you haven't used enough.  You're welcome.

Also, if you wear contacts, you'll need to remove them and put on those thick, cat's eyes glasses.  You will be the epitome of groovy!

Ah yes, Vitalis.  My dad didn't use it, but I think my grandpa did.  The commercials kept me familiar with it anyway.  If you skipped the commercials, they are worth watching.  I've never seen a talking camel pushing men's hair products before.

Thx for dropping by, even though you didn't know it'd be for the day!

Christoph Reilly from St. Louis on September 24, 2008:

Sorry I'm so late! Gosh, it takes half a day to get to the bottom of this hub!!!! It was a truly terrific read. I think my hairstyle history was pretty basic. I remember lots of Vitalis whenI was a little kid, and some early pictures would seem to support this. Then, the back end of the 70' saw me with longish, wild hair. There was a brief blow-dryer wings thing during the disco years, and since then, my hairstyle can pretty much be classified as your basic haircut (although I did continue to go to old barbers with the hot towels, a shave, a splash of lilac water and your basic cut. Sadly, they are not around any more.)

By comparison, my hair seems boring, except that I have all of it, which is saying something. I think I'll do something drastic, exciting! What do you think about a beehive?

Great and fun hub!

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 20, 2008:

Thank so much, Entertaininstyle!

Trends do change, but they cycle back again. There for awhile, I was wishing that I had kept all my clothes from high school - I would've been in fashion, and I still remember how to tape my hair and roll it up in juice cans!

entertaininstyle from Southern California on September 19, 2008:

Love the hub! Great pics and videos. Amazing how trends change.

gwendymom from Oklahoma on September 17, 2008:

I know, like a then and now kinda thing, So funny.

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 17, 2008:

That would be hilarious, won't it? There shoulda been a board of some kind - just pics like in a yearbook.

gwendymom from Oklahoma on September 17, 2008:

lol, well that way you wouldn't be alone, We would all be embaressed.

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 17, 2008:

I actually got some of mine out to scan and upload, but I just couldn't - too embarrassing!

gwendymom from Oklahoma on September 17, 2008:

We should have had a place where we could all upload our bad or generatonal hairstyles, that would have been a hoot.

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 16, 2008:

Hold on Dottie, help is on the way!! There's about a dozen very toned firefighters without shirts heading towards you now, they'll save you!

Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 16, 2008:

911  H E L P  !!!!!!

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 16, 2008:

A new poodle skirt, how fun! You are a benevolent kidnapper, but don't forget the saddle shoes, she's gotta have saddle shoes with a poodle skirt.

Um....does Dottie want me to send help? I can't tell for sure.

Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 16, 2008:

BTW Shirley, I'm taking Dottie out later to buy her a new poodle skirt!

Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 16, 2008:

I think Dottie has cast a magic spell and is having trouble reversing it! 

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 16, 2008:

Thx, strange alien woman posing as Dottie. You've done a pretty good job of cloning, I mean you look a lot like Dottie....still....the hair is different.

Please tell Dottie that I'm waiting for her this time. Alas, I have no peanuts.

Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 16, 2008:

Hi Shirley, thanks for your comment on the braid hub. Just want to let you know Dottie is being held hostage but she IS doing ok. I told her you said hi!

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 16, 2008:

Hi Research Analyst!  Yes, I think Hollywood still emulates Bridget, she seems to have set the sexy standard.  Marilyn Munroe being another, although more with her personality, IMHO.

Thx for commenting!  I'm off to follow your link, now.

Update - link doesn't work.

Research Analyst on September 15, 2008:

Shirley this is one of my favorite hubs, I like the actors, actresses and films from the 1950's. Bridget Bardot is still a star many celebrities try to look like her even today.


Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 14, 2008:

Ripplemaker - I like your hair just the way it is, it looks very nice on you! Thx for the thumbs up!

Bob - I laughed when I read your comment. I've wondered if men slid off their pillows wearing so much of that stuff.

Bob Ewing from New Brunswick on September 13, 2008:

So you miss the ducktail? no, too much work and too much Brylcream. :)

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Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on September 13, 2008:

What a well researched hub Shirley! :) Hmmm maybe I should curl my hair? Make it realllly looooong or shorts perhaps! LOL whatever! :) I think I just love wash and wear... Thumbs up for this hub!

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 12, 2008:

Coffee's on! I'll meet you by the fire. I'm bringing an extra afghan for you.

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 12, 2008:

Oh yeah, the second one off the line...not the second doll, the second run.  I just got rid of her in Dec. 07.  I couldn't sell her because my youngest sister chewed the toes off, so I gave her to the Goodwill.  Broke my heart.  I used to make clothes for her, do her hair, have her check books out of my library.  Sad day.

No, I'm using IE at the moment.

Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 12, 2008:

Well if we can't play anymore then we ought to go into your library, sit by the fire and read a book. Would you put the coffee on please!

Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 12, 2008:

Everyone had her:  Did you?  I did!

P.S. Poodle Barbie is looking real good on my end!

I'm having trouble too. Are you using firefox?

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 12, 2008:

I think you'll find that mine is pretty straight forward and short. Won't be more than 5 minutes long.

I've been trying to move Barbie, but I can't edit, it won't let me. In fact, when I go in to edit, half of Barbie is missing. Her bottom half is there, but the rest of her is gone. Guess I'll have to try again tomorrow. I usually have trouble when I leave hp open too long.

Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 12, 2008:

You know what I hate about answering machine messages? They go on and on, wasting your time. I mean, all they really need to say is, &ldquo;We aren&rsquo;t in, ...

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 12, 2008:

Sorry! New fangled things, I haven't read the instructions yet.

Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 12, 2008:

Why did you hang up on me?

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 12, 2008:

Please leave a message after the beep:

Dottie, you're brilliant!  Thx.

HEY, WHAT HAPPENED? THE FIRST MESSAGE DISAPPEARED! I've gotta get a new answering machine.

Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 12, 2008:

Hello Shirley, are you home?

No! I'll just leave a message!

 regarding "swell hairdo's of the 50's" -  I think you should get Barbie in on the act with ponytail do and the poodle skirt.  I couldn't resist!




Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 12, 2008:

Oh Darn!




ProCW from South Carolina on September 12, 2008:

:) You're welcome a ton and a half!


Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 12, 2008:

ProCW! Thx-a-ton!!

Love the commenting - very swell and very groovy of you! Also very cute and punny. :)

ProCW from South Carolina on September 12, 2008:

Your swell hair hub has just the right amount of groovy style. :)

You've applied phenomenally cohesive products which make it gel very well. :)

This swell &amp; groovy hairdo hub should be at the tip top of the beehive soon! :)


* One more to add to your ever-expansive thumbs-up list!!! :)

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 11, 2008:

LOL, that's hilarious Patty! And sadly true. I remember when the stories came out about how hair spray and spray deoderant were making holes in the ozone layer. Probably a good thing they curtailed it then or there'd be a constant hairspray fog by now.....but really big hair that stayed in place.

Thx a lot, Patty!

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 11, 2008:

I sure remember the 60s when everyone around me was using a can of hairspray a day. I don't think I stopped coughing until about 1975, :)

Very nicely constructed Hub with a good variety of information. It should be at 100 very soon!

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 11, 2008:

Dottie - That's funny, naming your sister after the Avon lady. Bet she loves that. :) I had my parents name my little sister after the neighbour girl cause I liked her. Too bad about your sister and the song, I love that song!

Re the dipstick - didn't yours have one? Guess we had the deluxe model. Today's generation probably doesn't even know about those great tiny lipstick samples and the perfume samples in the pouches - shame.

COMPU-SMART - I laughed at your comment about being bald - when you were born. Re hair hubs for guys.....why don't you write one! That's a great idea, or maybe someone else will pick up the angle and run with it. It would make a really great addition to the HubMob Hair Collection.

Thx for coming by and reading, Mr. Furry Pants!

Tony Sky from London UK on September 11, 2008:

Very Swell &amp; Groovy hairsyles and hub!!

I used to be bald! (when i was born:) then i started growing hair and then shaved it all off to became a skinhead!! and now i have short back n sides and im now looking for another style!!

Im wondering if this hubmob hair hubs has anything for guys!?:)

Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 11, 2008:

Shirley you say, your mom had a little dipstick that she used to apply her favourite Avon perfume to so it would travel up the hose to the bonnet and make her hair smell nice.  LOL. 

Did you know that my Avon ladies name was Eileen and I begged my mother to name my youngest sister Eileen after the Avon Lady.  I just loved the perfume samples she left me.  Yes, it's true, my youngest sisters name is Eileen and she hates the song "Come on Eileen"!

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 10, 2008:

Thx, Lupo! Glad you enjoyed it.

Lupo from Boston Area on September 10, 2008:

What a great Hub!


Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 10, 2008:

Dottie, I'm chuckling....I'd forgotten about the portable bonnet hairdryers. My mom used to set the bonnet on the couch or floor or whatever if there was a spill, so she could get it dried fast. It had a little dipstick that she used to apply her favourite Avon perfume to so it would travel up the hose to the bonnet and make her hair smell nice.

Wow, a 2 month cross country (&amp; border) trip. That must've been fun and tiring. Funny, I don't remember seeing you here in 1969.

I got my ears pieced around that time, too - think it may have been '70, but I went to a jeweller on my cousin's recommendation. He proceeded to grind a shepherd's hook through my lobe....I passed out. When I came to, I was on the floor and my cousin was looking down at me with a big grin on her face. Don't think I've forgiven her yet.

Blondie, isn't it awful having a young hairdresser? There's no faster way to feel antiquated! I'm always afraid that they're going to die my hair blue once I say something that they're too young to remember.

That's funny about your in-laws. Bet it would've paid to have shares in Brylcreem back then. I had no idea that pompadours were so versatile!

Agh! Those little pink pokey sticks that went through the curlers and into your brain stem were murder! Back then, we slept in rollers, too - not comfortable. My mom used to have the black bristled ones that reminded me of a bottle brush. Trying to get those out of your hair was horrible. They were kept in place with bobby pins, but they weren't really needed. Those puppies had no intention of leaving once in place.

Hey, Dottie &amp; Blondie, thx for the memories!

desert blondie from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen on September 09, 2008:

Saw mentions of HubMob in forums...but haven't yet checked out what this all about. ANYWAY...great hub!  Ok, my first husband was older than I am, and he and his brothers all had the Elvis, Bobby Rydell type pompadour men's hairstyle....they used so much brilcream, etc. that with all 3 of them, his mother used those doilies along the top of every chair and sofa cushion and washed them daily! Then, when Beatles were on Ed Sullivan TV show, they washed out their hair and just combed it forward over their foreheads instead of backwards into a pompadour! It was as long as the shaggy Beatles!!! Their dad, with his WWII Navy flat top, was astounded at how long their pompadour hair actually was and threatened to flattop all the boys if they didn't comb it back and Brilcream it immediately! And, as a girl, I used tubs and tubs of Dippity Do, along with my portable pink bonnet hair dryer!!! I tried telling the young woman who does my hair about rollers and those pink plastic pins we stabbed into our heads to hold the rollers and Dippity Do and bonnet hair dryers...she didn't know whether to believe me or commit me to an institution for the loco! Telling Her that we didn't always have conditioners, that we had 'creme rinse' and that I could remember the invention of blow dryers! I felt absolutely ancient!

Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 09, 2008:

Wasn't it alot of hard hair work back then. My hair is very thin, baby fine strands but wavy and can get weather frizzed. My mother had one of those hair dryers with the hood on it, remember those. I'd sit under with pins in hair, then iron it. LOL Yup I had a very good supply of scotch tape too. No teenage house was without tape.

In 1969 I went across country with my family, destination San Diego where my cousins still live. Then with cousins travelled up, camping along the way, to Oregon and then cousins headed back down and my family went to Canada, to visit the 1969 Worlds Fair and then back to States. It was a two month trip. And yes I was in San Franscisco too. And I still have the original hole piercings. I took good care with the alcohol. ~Dottie~

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 09, 2008:

~ SweetiePie - that must've been an amazing view! I've never been to California, but I hope to make it one day, I'd like to see it. Glad you had fun!! Thx for coming by!

~ Kylie - your little brother with a duck tail would've been a great shot. Did you get a picture of it (or someone get a pic?)? Glad you enjoyed the ads, I thought they were pretty funny, too. My, how the world has changed.

Kylie Doak from Australia on September 09, 2008:

Hi Shirley.

Great hub - very enjoyable! I love the ads (hilarious!).

My Dad used to make a duck's tail on my brother when he was little (just for fun!). It was very cute - he was only about 3 or so at the time :)


Kylie Doak

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on September 09, 2008:

What a fun hub!  My aunts and uncles live in San Francisco today, even though I was not born until 78 and was not there in 69 LOL.  My aunt was lawyer for the transamerica building before it was sold to the Dutch, which gave me the opportunity to go to the top and look down on San Franscicso Bay!  That was quite an experience and I will never forget it.  I love the hairdos in this hub, but Bardot is my favorite by far.

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 09, 2008:

Thx, Dottie!  Wow, thx-a-lot! 

You've been here more than an hour?  I love it!  Don't worry, I won't charge you rent or anything like that.  :)  You can come back anytime and hang out listening to the music or watching the camel talk.

I used to go to school (grade 9) with red tape marks that lasted ALL DAY....but my bangs were straight.  Guess I thought no one would notice those red, welty looking bands - they were only on my face at eye level, after all - because they'd be dazzled by my straight bangs.  Did I mention they were straight?  Sometimes, I tried to avoid the tape marks by wrapping the tape all the way around my head.  Didn't do it very often.  Ever try pulling scotch tape off your hair, especially when the bus is coming and you still haven't made your lunch or found your windowpane stockings?

I was too chicken to get the homemade piercing done, but I knew a lot of people who did. You were very brave!

Were you in San Francisco in '69?

I'm glad you fun, Dottie!  :-)

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 09, 2008:

Patnet, did you know that you can still buy Dippity Doo? Thx for spelling it correctly, by the way - I'll have to fix that.

Thx so much for dropping in.

Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 09, 2008:

My God I've been in this Hub for over an hour!! I think I got stuck in a time warp. I cannot believe Shirley, that you packed so much life into one Hub. I just couldn't help swayin and groovin to &quot;Walk on IBy&quot;. Great vids. Great everything. Shirley, did I tell you how great this hub is?

I know lots of people will appreciate this hub but it was worth every bit of your time for me. I loved this Shirley! When you had the scotch tape on your bangs I had the strands of hair wrapped and pinned around my head. My cousin, from California, the hippie knew all of the hair tricks of the trade. She even froze my ear lobes and stuck pins in them. Yes I had my ears pierced in California in 1969. I know every song that ever was played that year. You name it, I know it! Thanks for a good time Shirley!!!

Patnet from San Diego Area on September 09, 2008:

When I was a kid in the 60's I remember seeing many a commercial for &quot;Dippity Doo&quot;. How have people survived without without &quot;The Doo&quot;!

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 09, 2008:

Doghouse (I hate calling you that!) - Uh, I'd like to say these were way before my time, but I sort of gave it away by inserting personal information.  Not very clever of me.

Those old hairspray commercials are really funny.  I've watched them a few times now.  They just don't make commercials with talking camels in them anymore.

Thx for commenting!

Shirley Anderson (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 09, 2008:

Oh, Dineane! There's a cure for grey....streaks and/or hair colouring.

I don't think they make Curl Free anymore (as far as I know), but they sell straighteners now, guaranteed to straighten your hair and burn the flesh off what ever piece of your skin comes in contact with it. You might want to investigate getting it done at the hairdresser's. See my profile pic? My hair was straightened by a hairdresser just before I got that photo taken. If you want to see how curly my hair really is, there's a picture on my Stumble profile.

Whatever you decide to do, good luck with it. You'll feel great once you get something done. It's obviously bothering you, so it would give you a psychological lift to have a change.

Thx, Dineane!

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