By Laura Holton
The high and billowing hairstyle, the beehive, was created in the 1960s and has been popular ever since. It was created by Margaret Vinci Heldt when she was asked to design a unique style, but the beehive immediately became mainstream, particularly in the U.S. and other Western countries.
The beehive is a classic style that is always in fashion. It is worn by many celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani, and previously by Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand. Famously, the tallest beehive is that of Marge Simpson, measuring two feet in height.
While the beehives of the sixties were extremely large and time-consuming, typically taking a stylist two hours to complete, modern beehives can be made small and elegant. They are very practical, as it is possible to do them at home without help, and the hair stays in place for hours. The classy look of the beehive makes it ideal for formal events or work, and is a common style for brides.
The traditional beehive, in contrast, is perfect for those who want to make an impact and stand out from the crowd. Celebrities who have used this hairstyle include Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Amy Winehouse. The appearance is round or slightly pointed hair, where the bottom section is combed to one side and then rolled over and into place. The top is swept upward to increase volume and then pulled back. The style is held in place with either bobby pins or hairspray.
Either type of beehive gives women with long hair an alternative to wearing their hair down. Big beehives of the sixties had the purpose of making short women feel taller, while today women use them to reveal the back of the neck for a sexy look. In addition, the hairstyle can be used to compliment an outfit when affixing a ribbon, comb or flower.