If you’re a hairstyle enthusiast and don’t know who Margaret Vinci Heldt is, you need to brush up your history: she is famous for being the inventor of the beehive. The beehive is descendent of the pompadour, and a cousin of the bouffant – it involves combing the hair away from the head and shaping it upwards into a conical form resembling a beehive.
Heldt won an award for her creation, and the hairstyle was a cultural symbol of beauty during the 50’s and 60’s, later varied upon and made even more popular by different celebrities, notably Amy Winehouse.
Margaret Vinci Heldt died at the age of 98 on June 10th, 2016.
Here are some ideas on how to adapt this hairstyle for yourself:
Penelope Cruz Beehive Hairstyle
Cruz makes the hairstyle less slickly structured, and slightly easier to work with – she leaves tendrils out, while retaining the height of the updo.
Jessica Simpson Beehive Hairstyle
Simpson’s entire look is very 60’s, and her beehive is fully reminiscent of that era. She even brings a little of Heldt’s original work with that side bang tucked up and away.
Jennifer Lopez’s Beehive Hair
Lopez incorporates the elements of a beehive by the book: hair tucked away behind the ears and away from the forehead, ending in a soft yet structured dome over the head.
Lana Del Ray Beehive Hairdo
Del Ray is a real 60’s junkie with her dressing, but her hive resembles Amy Winehouse’s hive. A little tuft atop the hair (you can secure this with hair pins, unlike Simpson’s and Lopez’s) before letting it cascade down your back.
Dita Von Teese Beehive Hairdo
Dita Von Teese brings forth a futuristic vibe by cutting down the three-part hive to two parts. Hair slickly combed fully away from the face. Her look is made more striking by her eye and lip makeup.
Marion Cotillard With Vintage Hairstyle
Cotillard’s hairstyle is superbly high – a requisite for the perfect beehive, and actually quite perfect for the workplace as well.
Gizzie Erksine Beehive Hairstyle
Erskine’s hairdo is work-appropriate and at the same time, her bangs add a sense of quirkiness to her otherwise professional appearance.
Rose Byrne Beehive
Byrne’s hairstyle may resemble a bun more than a beehive, but it’s definitely quite practical, while retaining a bit of the original flair. Notice that it’s most of her hair at the back teased into the ‘hive, while the front and sides are a more 21st century.
Janelle Monae Hairstyle
Monae’s hairstyle is quite easy to replicate. Straighten your hair, and tuck it back upwards with the help of bobby pins. Secure with some hairspray and add a headband for extra chic.
Fearne Cotton Hairstyle
Cotton’s ‘hive involves a lot of pulling up and pulling out. Tuck the hair into a beehive, but leave a couple of long strands out, and don’t be afraid of a few sticking upwards either. This look is both super chill for a house party, and fashionable for that very busy day at work.
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And that’s that for beehive hairdo tips. Honour the legacy of Margaret Vinci Heldt’s – she definitely deserves a more spacious place in history for this creation by experimenting with her hairstyle in various ways. Sure, you may need some hairspray if you’re going for really structured hair, but there’s no shame in carrying off a bit of unkemptness either. Bobby pins are very handy indeed in this case. Don’t forget to send us your ideas and pictures!
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