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My favourite decade…

The ’60s was a time of change, and with it came new hairstyles. With bouffants, beehives and Brigitte Bardot, Akin Konizi, creative director of HOB Salons, shares his love for the Swinging Sixties…

When the Swinging Sixties arrived, they brought a new generation of women who were confident in expressing themselves and making a fashion statement with their hairstyle. Practicality and conformity, which were the overriding themes during ’40s wartime, were well and truly forgotten, and the younger generations were not only following the lead of their favourite film and pop stars but also daring to invent their own fashions at home. Beatles-mania, the Mods ’n’ Rockers movement, the rise of independent cinema and a growing sense of identity amongst the working classes all began to heavily influence the hair trends and fashion seen on the street. Wearing hairpieces, wigs and ironing hair at home all became common place practices for trendy youngsters.

The five most iconic looks of the ’60s, interpretations of which are all still seen in much of our work today, are Mia Farrow’s daring pixie crop, Mary Quant’s inspirational bob, Brigitte Bardot’s sexy beehive, Jackie O’s ladylike bouffant and Audrey Hepburn’s sleek up-do. This era is also often credited with the introduction of shorter cuts becoming more fashionable, moving away from the classic rollers-set and encouraging women to embrace a shorter style.

Interpretations of these looks can be seen in imagery produced by HOB Salons as we often create new styles inspired by some of the most timeless shapes of the Swinging Sixties.