From pompadours to the bangs of Betty Page, the 1950s introduced a new wave of hairstyles for men and woman alike. Thanks in large part to the iconic actors of the day and their signature hair statements, including Audrey Hepburn's adorable pixie cut and Elvis Presley's lustrous duck tail, the 1950s brought a bevy of new hair trends.
While teen girls tended towards pony tails, as ladies set aside their hats and formality of the 1940s, shorter hairstyles became all the rage. With these shorter lengths came higher volumes, as styles like the artichoke cut and bouffant featured more body and height, with full layers on the top and crown to offset these shorter looks. Taking their cues from celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, women opted for shorter, fuller, more dramatic styles that brought the sophistication and glamour of Hollywood to mainstream America.
With the enormous cultural influences of not only rock and roll, but also space exploration, men sported everything from the clipped crew cuts of astronauts to the rockabilly greaser comb-back looks. For both men and women, the hair trends of the 1950s also ushered in a wide range of hair care products, from creams to oils, and carrying a comb became common place for both sexes.