Talk about fun, researching hair styles of the 1950s was definitely fun. I can't believe we really wore our hair the way I'm going to show you. Looking back in my high school yearbook, I can see that we did. Enjoy.
Hair styles for women in the 1950s varied from short to long. Movie stars, models, and magazines were an important source of ideas for the styles. Very short hair was popular in the early '50s. There was the poodle style where the hair had tight curls, like a poodle's curly hair. One style was the beehive. In the mid 1950s teenage girls sometimes wore a high ponytail, often tied with a scarf. The first Barbie dolls, in 1959, had ponytails.
Music and film stars also had a major influence on '50s hairstyles for men. The pompadour, like Elvis Presley and James Dean wore, was popular. There also was the Ducktail. This style combed the hair back around the sides of the head. It had a central part ran from the crown to the nape at the back of the head, resembling the backside of a duck. I remember boys being sent home from school if they wore a ducktail. It became a sign of rebellious youth and of a "bad boy" image. The crew cut, flattop and ivy league were also popular.
By the end of the decade, long hair for men became fashionable.
And there you have another glimpse of the past.