Iconic hairstyles made wearable for 2016

TRESemmé adds a modern spin to some old favourites

Beauty Crew Editor / May 25 2017

When you think about the 50s, 60s, and 70s, you could probably pick an iconic hair look from each pretty quickly.

But if you need a quick run-down: the 50s had the classy Jackie Onassis Kennedy bob, the 60s had the Bridget Bardot bouffant ponytail, and the 70s saw the Farrah Fawcett waves become the most coveted hair look.

Chris Naselli, TRESemmé Ambassador for NYFW, took inspiration from each of these decades to create modernised versions that can be worn anywhere from work, to a special event, to running errands.

The 50s bob

How do you bring a hairstyle fit for the First Lady into 2016? According to Naselli, “Break it up and make it a bit more disheveled, with tonnes of volume.” 

“The main goal is to work with natural texture, and give it more volume at the roots,” says Naselli.

To create the voluminous, dishevelled finish, Naselli recommends applying TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Sea Foam to wet or dry hair to give it that movement and shine. If you’ve got fine hair and need some volume at the roots, tease the hair at your crown with a comb, then brush it back a little bit. Then, use a curling wand to add texture, and finish with TRESemmé Perfeclty (Un)Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray.

Best suited to:

Those with fine hair, those with shorter hair

TOP TIP: To create the illusion of shorter hair and more volume, you can spray the ends, then push them up with your hand. Continue doing this until you’ve created a ‘shelf’.

The 60s bouffant ponytail

Again, this look focuses on replacing a polished, sleek finish with one that’s more textured and full. 

To achieve this look, you’d apply the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Sea Foam to wet hair, dry it roughly, and then create a deep side part. To add that volume at the crown, backcomb your hair and brush it down. 

Then, pull your fringe straight across so it sits sleek and straight.

To finish off the look, gather your hair into a ponytail, secure and add a hair accessory 

Best suited to:

Those with coarse or thick hair, those who are time-poor.

The 70s waves

To give this iconic look a modern edge, Naselli kept some natural texture at the back panel of hair, but ran a straightener across just a tiny bit to add a different element. The rest of the look is all about messy waves with volume. 

To recreate this look, Naselli suggests you apply the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Sea Foam to wet hair, before rough drying to maintain your natural texture. After attending to the back panel, use a medium-sized tong and loosely wrap your front and side pieces around. Then, pull them apart so there’s not as more curl – Naselli calls it more “angelic and wavy.” 

To ensure long-lasting hold, finish with a good spray of TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray. 

Best suited to:

Those with long hair, those who love a centre part

TOP TIP: If you have a fringe, don’t be tempted to curl it, too. Keep it straight, but use your fingers to separate it a bit so that it’s a little piece-y (but not too separated).

Tool kit:

TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Sea Foam

TRESemmé Perfeclty (Un)Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray

For a backstage look at A Moi with TRESemmé, official hair sponsor of NYFW, check out our gallery of the behind-the-scenes action.

Image credits: Getty

Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.