Late Beatnik Cool (and their hairstyles) of the early 1960s

What hairstyle do you think of if I say “Picture a 1960 hairstyle”?

I know that answer is giant.

In all of the images in this blog post, these famous young women embody, what I think of as, early-60s cool; heavily influenced by the ease of Beatnik style mixed with feminine fashion.

I have the early 1960s on the brain for many reasons. For one, a few years ago, my beau and I bought our dream home, a midcentury modern ranch built in 1961, trapezoid windows and all.

Then Better Homes and Gardens released a new printing of their interior design book of 1961. I have one and it sits proudly on my coffee table.

book cover of better homes and gardens decorating book published in 1961

The final piece to my current 1961 vortex I seem to be existing in is this haircut booklet I picked up on Etsy, written in…you guessed it…1961.

I thought I would get everyone else’s brains thinking about the early 1960s by sharing some pictures of cool women taken circa 1960, 1961, and 1962 (Maybe a 1959 as well).

Jean Shrimpton

Jean Shrimpton  in the early 1960s

I really love the chic effortlessness that the women in all of these images exude. Their hair isn’t overdone. Their makeup isn’t overdone. They are stars, but they have styled themselves as if it is just any old day.

Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll  in the early 1960s in a movie still

The pouf in this photograph of Diahann Carroll is an easy way to accomplish the decade’s look.

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Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren outside  in the early 1960s

Sandra Dee

Sandra Dee  in the early 1960s with her blond hair pulled back

The pinned back look of this hairstyle on Sandra Dee is simple and elegant and perfect for when you have no time.

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno  in the early 1960s in a studio photo posing with her hand in her hair

Rita Moreno looks effortless in this image. Eyebrows, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick… done. That’s all the makeup you need.

Astrid Kirchnerr

Astrid Kirchnerr  in the early 1960s with her boyfriend

You might be unfamiliar with photographer Astrid Kirchnerr. She is known most for her association with the Beatles. I would not call her hairstyles effortless, but definitely low effort. For her great looks, it’s all about the hair cut.

Brigitte Bardot

brigitte bardot with her hair down wearing a green headband in the early 1960s

Is it the wind blown look that makes this so great? Brigitte Bardot always looked like she didn’t have time to give her hair a thorough brush and I can’t get enough of it.

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Jane Fonda

jane fonda in the early 1960s

Another simple pin backed hairstyle from a young Jane Fonda… There is an airy feel to the style with its flyaways and full bangs.

Kim Novak

actress kim novak  in the early 1960s standing in a room with curtains

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand  in the early 1960s in a music studio with a microphone

Barbra Streisand is a style icon to me in her early 1960s looks. She always did such a beautiful job with her exaggerated eyeshadow and eyeliner. And her hair was always so chic.

Monica Vitti

Actress Monica Vitti in a still from a movie  in the early 1960s

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood  in the early 1960s standing on a city street

I’ll end this blog post with this photo of Natalie Wood. The way her hair blows in the wind perfectly is a testament to the lack of hairspray she is wearing. The variety of hairstyles at the time were so vast. She again looks like there was no effort to this beauty, but the perfect flips of curls give the hairstyling work away.

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  1. Woo hoo! I actually won something!

    P.S. Yes, that is Ursula Andress. She played Honey Ryder. Honor Blackman was Pussy Galore – the greatest Bond girl name EVER!

  2. WHAT?!?!? These are all the pictures I’ve been searching for…if you see my blog you’ll know why…haha. I can’t believe you have all these.

  3. Diana Rigg filmed in her luscious bride to be beauty was the first Mrs. James Bond in the bond film “On her Majesty’s Secret Service” starring man candy George Lazenby. Inevitable as it seems young love affaires to be tragic, and George Lazenby looses his young bride to a vicious revenge attach from none other than a drive by shooting attempt by lollipop licking Telly Savales. Honor Blackman in addition to being credited with expert flying skills, was a devious “Bond Girl” mayven complete with her own little “pussy cat” girls flying team from her own self named circus. The little flying pussy cat mayvens were responsible for spraying sleeping gas or gassing the soldiers at Fort Knox via a fly by for their boss Bad man “Goldfinger” on The Bond Flick Goldfinger – ( which incidentally starred a particulary purrfect Lincoln Mercury vehicle in it’s own premier year, a 1967 Mercury Cougar ) Nonetheless these ladies had Hollywood hair stylists to attend to their infamous locks. Thank you for placed this delectable article for my theater studies Mais Oui!

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