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June 2, 2023

35 Photo-Booth Pics That Defined Hairstyles of ’50s Young Women

In the Western world, the 1950s were a decade known for experimentation with new styles and culture. Following World War II and the austerity years of the post-war period, the 1950s were a time of comparative prosperity, which influenced fashion and the concept of glamor.

Hairstylists invented new hairstyles for wealthy patrons. Influential hairstylists of the period include Sydney Guilaroff, Alexandre of Paris and Raymond Bessone, who took French hair fashion to Hollywood, New York and London, popularizing the pickle cut, the pixie cut and bouffant hairstyles.

The American film industry and the popular music industry influenced hairstyles around the world, both in mainstream fashion and teenage sub-culture. With the advent of the rock music industry, teenage culture and fashion became increasingly significant and distinctive from mainstream fashion, with American style being imitated in Europe, Asia, Australasia and South America. Teenage girls around the world wore their hair in ponytails while teenage boys wore crew cuts, the more rebellious among them favoring “greaser” comb-backs.

Women’s hairstyles of the 1950s were in general less ornate and more informal than those of the 1940s, with a “natural” look being favored, even if it was achieved by perming, setting, styling and spraying.

These vintage photo-booth pictures that show hairstyles of young women in the 1950s.


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