The forgotten ‘60s beauty look that’s making a comeback

The Forgotten Sixties Teddy Girl Hair Trend

Spotted on the runway at MBFWA

Beauty Crew Junior Beauty Writer / May 15 2019

When thinking of ‘60s beauty trends, often our minds go to the polished, doll-like looks that were heavily present throughout the decade. We’re talking sleekly blow-dried hair (not a hair out of place!) and colourful, heavily accentuated eye makeup with pumped-up lashes.

But there was another, lesser-known style subculture present in the ‘60s that has largely been forgotten. You’ll probably remember the Teddy Boys or Teds who were known for their Edwardian-era influenced attire, but have you ever seen snaps of their female counterparts?

The amazing Teddy Girls * Oh, how deeply I'm in ❤️ with this picture! It's called „Teddy Girls" and was shot by British photographer Roger Mayne. I found it at a household clearance held by the children of an old lady who had passed away. I sat down by an interesting looking box filled with old magazines and found this picture as I flipped through a black and white photography book. I was totally amazed by the women in the image. 🤩 It just showed everything I love in being a woman: the sassy look in their eyes, their individual fashion and hair style, the confidence in their body language! I bought the book only because of this photo and I swore myself, on the day I'll have the money I will buy the original! Totally on my to-do-list! 💪 * I became even more happy after the purchase, when I googled Teddy girls and hundreds of rebellious looking, supercool British young women rised before my eyes! WOW! Stunning black and white photographies from the 50s, when the Teddy Girl movement was hot. 🔥 How I wished I had lived in London during this time, where they walked around with their girl gangs after a hard working day, smoking cigarettes, dressed in gorgeous clothes that made them look like punk aristocrats. Wild, tough women with a cool as fuck attitude - I'm a huge fan! #teddygirls #rogermayne #battersea #funfair #individualfashion #blackamdwhitephotography
The amazing Teddy Girls * Oh, how deeply I'm in ❤️ with this picture! It's called „Teddy Girls" and was shot by British photographer Roger Mayne. I found it at a household clearance held by the children of an old lady who had passed away. I sat down by an interesting looking box filled with old magazines and found this picture as I flipped through a black and white photography book. I was totally amazed by the women in the image. 🤩 It just showed everything I love in being a woman: the sassy look in their eyes, their individual fashion and hair style, the confidence in their body language! I bought the book only because of this photo and I swore myself, on the day I'll have the money I will buy the original! Totally on my to-do-list! 💪 * I became even more happy after the purchase, when I googled Teddy girls and hundreds of rebellious looking, supercool British young women rised before my eyes! WOW! Stunning black and white photographies from the 50s, when the Teddy Girl movement was hot. 🔥 How I wished I had lived in London during this time, where they walked around with their girl gangs after a hard working day, smoking cigarettes, dressed in gorgeous clothes that made them look like punk aristocrats. Wild, tough women with a cool as fuck attitude - I'm a huge fan! #teddygirls #rogermayne #battersea #funfair #individualfashion #blackamdwhitephotography
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#mdxfashiondesign #subcultureproject #teddyboys & #teddygirls in #1950's

Their dapper, boyish clothing was often paired with a hardened stare and slightly dishevelled hair – life wasn’t easy for the Teddy Girl generation with many being sent into the workforce in their early teens during the post-World War II years.

But they didn’t let this dampen their spirit, or evidently, their style. The phrase cool-girl gets flung around like it’s going out of fashion, but we’d like to put forward an argument that the Teddy Girl gangs were modern history’s original cool-girls. 

So when we spotted the Teddy Girls’ 2019 reincarnation stomping down the runway at Alice McCall’s MBFWA 2019 show, we were totally into it.

“This year’s inspiration is like a ‘60s Teddy Girl. Some of them have got short bangs and kind of sweaty, textured hair, like they’ve been at a party all night,” says Wella Professionals Guest Artist Keiren Street. “She’s a cool girl, she’s effortless, she loves a party.” 

Quite frankly, we’d like to be her.

If you’re keen on giving the look a go, Street has some tips.

“To get the look, I would invest in a clip-in fringe. They’re so much fun, you can mix your look up by adding pieces and having a little play. It’s a lot more fun than straight old standard hair!” says Street.

To grunge up the rest of your hair, Street says to first prep the hair using Wella Professionals EIMI Perfect Me Cream (it tames frizz and protects hair from heat styling), then use Wella Professionals EIMI Perfect Setting to blow-dry the hair until it appears thick, dry and has an almost wig-like appearance.

To finish, “spray [Wella Profesionals EIMI Glam Mist] into the hair. Put your heated stylers through it. It kind of gives it that ribbony, sexy kinda lived-in feel,” says Street.

So. Cool.

It’s equal parts pretty and grungy and we’re all about it. Anyone else thinking they’ll have a crack at tapping into their inner-Teddy Girl this weekend?

If you’d like more beauty inspo from the Alice McCall MBFWA show, check out our guide to nailing the grungy, live-in eyeliner look.

Would you try Alice McCall’s Teddy Girl hair look yourself? Let us know in the comments.

Main image credit: Getty

Isobel is BEAUTYcrew’s Junior Beauty Writer. When she's not busy hunting for the latest beauty news, you’ll find her arranging her skincare collection in search of the perfect “shelfie.” Isobel was previously an intern in the beauty department at ELLE Australia.