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Which Hairstyles Were Popular The Year You Graduated?

With so many new options for hair products during the past 5o years, it's no wonder that the range of available hairstyles has expanded so much. Our parents had fairly strict requirements when it came to their hair. The girls were expected to set their hair in pincurls while the boys had a regimen of pocket combs and Brylcreem. But, every generation has had more of a choice and a wider range of styles to select from. From fads to true classics, we're having a ball looking back at some of our favorite hairstyles from our high school years.


1955 Yearbook Pixie Haircut

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In 1955 Sabrina and Roman Holiday were fairly recent films. The classic films both star Audrey Hepburn and her short haircut earned lots of attention. The pixie haircut was easier to care for and other short hairstyles also became more fashionable (like the “Italian haircut” Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor both sported).

1955 Yearbook Ducktail Haircut


1955’s graduating class of men wore crew cuts and ducktails. These two competing looks dominated senior classes, one being a straight-laced sort of look and the other borrowing on wild pop culture icons like James Dean.


Big hair caught on like wildfire in the early 1960s! After so many years of tight curls and short hairdos for ladies, big hair was a refreshing (if not time-consuming) change. Even shorter hair got a boost and volume was in in in! Just make sure to close your eyes before you hit that hairspray nozzle!

Hair for the boys got bigger as well. Elvis Presley’s success meant high-visibility for the pompadour. It could be worn many ways, and was flattering to almost everyone who wore it. It did require some skill and a pot of pomade to achieve, though.

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