Mod Hair

The 1960s were an exciting era of social upheaval and cultural change, reflected in the youthquake of new music, fashion, and hairstyles.

With the progression of the liberated attitudes of the Swinging Sixties, androgynous styles developed, from shaggy mop-tops for men to pixie crops for women.

Hair kept pace with, or perhaps even accelerated, fashion and social directions as men’s hair got longer and women’s shorter.

Prior to the superstar hairdressers of the 1960s, it was expected that women would spend hours having their hair cut, set, and styled during their weekly vital salon visits.

With the invention of the 60s bobs, geometric crops, and the five-point cut, women were liberated from the traditional time-consuming ritual of dressing hair – with a modernist haircut they could wash & go with their minimalist style falling perfectly into place.

Mary Quant, Twiggy, Nancy Kwan, Peggy Moffitt, and Mia Farrow defined modernity in the 1960s with their sharp short cuts that indicated they were free to spend their time on their life and not their hair.

Adopted by the Mod girls of Carnaby Street and the King’s Road, the short cuts complemented their minimalist wardrobe and Mod boyfriends, as well as enabling hair to look good even after a windswept jaunt on a Vespa or Lambretta.

Ready-to-wear hair was so forward-thinking and liberating that it created superstars of the hairdressers of the time, with some becoming global brands and other hairstylists happy to be a “face about town”, even modelling for fashion companies.

There are no images more quintessentially 1960s than the photographs taken by Vic Singh of the sharp and minimalist hairstyles at the time. An official collaboration with Rex Shutterstock, Art & Hue has transformed the iconic photographs into stylish pop art prints, available in a choice of 17 colours and three sizes.

Photography Copyright © Vic Singh/REX/Shutterstock (1963, 1964, 1965). | Pop Art Copyright © Art & Hue ™ 2016. All rights reserved.