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What were some popular hairstyles in the 1950s?

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Popular women’s hairstyles in the 1950s include the Italian cut, curled short hair, ponytails, brushed-under bob and the gamine look, says Hair and Makeup Artist Handbook. These hairstyles were largely influenced by television, prominent hairdressers and popular music.

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The Italian cut hairstyle was popular in the early 1950s and was heavily influenced by stars of Italian movies such as Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida. The two stars wore short hair with soft curls, all-over waves and fluffy kiss curls resulting in a shaggy but sculptured look.

Curled and waved short hair was also popular in the 1950s and worn in a variety of ways. The hairstyles always featured soft curls or waves. Shorter hairstyles were typically straight and flat on the crown area and included waves and curls around the ends or mid-length of the hair. The hairstyle was popular with both young and old women.

Although shorter hair was most common in the 1950s, students and teenagers often had long hair tied back into a ponytail or worn down. Some women had short fringes which were fashionable then. The ponytail was typically tied with a scarf.

The brushed-under bob or pageboy hairstyle varied from shoulder length to a short bob. Most women wore the hairstyle with slight weaves at the sides or front, with the ends of the hair turned under.

Lastly, the gamine look emerged in the early 1950s and was made famous by Audrey Hepburn. The hairstyle is also known as a pixy cut and is a layered, short cut with a high-cut shaggy fringe.

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