Sci-Fi Beehive Hairstyles Inspired by the Atomic Age and the French Revolution

Sci Fi Beehive

Look skyward: Backstage hairstylists backcombed hair into massive beehives that defied gravity. While hair artists looked to the past for style cues, their inspiration fell squarely into two iconic beauty eras: the Atomic Age and the French Revolution.

At On|Off Presents Jack Irving, BaBylissPRO hair lead Richard Phillipart captured a ’50s sci-fi feel with generously gelled beehive wigs that he blow-dried into a “plastered” stiff shape. Tapping into the over-the-top beauty of ’60s erotic science fiction film Barbarella, Bumble & bumble hair lead Tina Outen beamed the beehive into the 21st century via a rainbow of pastel hues at Philipp Plein.

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For those who delight in 18th-century powdered towers, Wella Professionals hair lead Eugene Souleiman stacked one hair donut after another to craft a sturdy foundation for his Marie Antoinette-inspired dusty gray hair domes at Thom Browne. Also of the “let them eat cake” variety: Redken global creative director Guido capped a handful of models’ pates with cotton candy-pink wigs that fuzzed fancifully into the stratosphere at Dolce & Gabbana. Though a soaring beehive may not be on your daily hair docket, with Halloween fast approaching, adding this sky-high service to your seasonal makeover menu certainly makes sense. Just be sure to stock up on strong hold hairspray and ultra-supportive hair donuts so your towering creation resists leaning.

Beehive Hairstyle

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Today's Beehive Babe

What you'll need: Teasing comb, working spray and, if desired, a candy-colored wig. 

Fun Fact: Margaret Heldt created the beehive in 1960. 


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