You may not have seen Brigitte Bardot’s films, or even know much about her, but I can guarantee you will know her hair! Brigitte’s Bombshell Locks are without doubt one of the most Iconic Hairstyles of the 1950s and 1960s.
I’ve only started to learn and love Brigitte in the past couple of years, but I know that since I was a little girl I’ve always loved her look and of course, her beautiful hair! To this day her hair is emulated by millions of people all around the world and today, I decided to try my own take on it.
When asked recently by a Journalist about her iconic look she simply said,
“I never decided anything. I always hated people fussing with my face and hair. I could get by on my own, pinning up my hair any old way.”
I decided to try two different, yet similar beehive hairstyles that were inspired by Brigitte. The first was more controlled and after I’d created this look, I decided to mess it up a bit and recreate Brigitte’s famous style, my favourite being around 1958.
I much preferred the second style, mainly because the first style felt too controlled and fancy for me, plus I was very conscious of pulling all of my hair off my face. I adore the tousled bangs look with the big curls and I felt much more comfortable with the second style.
When I usually style my hair similar to Brigitte’s I usually tend to do it when my hair is straight, however, I think it looks much closer to her style a day or so after my pin curls have dropped. Brigitte’s hair was never really pin straight in the late 1950s, it was styled to look like it had just been put up, but it always looked so wonderful! I wouldn’t be surprised if it only took Brigitte a few minutes however, she sure perfected her tresses!
If you’re interested in seeing Brigitte’s hair on film, then I think the best one to watch to see this iconic hairstyle is Come Dance With Me! in 1959. Before I’d watched any of Brigitte’s films, I once got a compliment comparing my look of the day to hers from the film, that meant so much and has always stayed with me!
When creating this hairstyle, I was surprised at how much little time it took for me to style! Of course, it helped that my hair was already pin curled a few days ago, firstly, I brushed each curl separately and twisted it around my finger. After that, I used my fine tooth comb and parted the top section of my hair, backcombed it ever so slightly, twisted it up and clipped it in. I decided to add a red bow to my beehive, mostly because I was inspired Brigitte herself in A Ravishing Idiot in 1964.
After I created this more controlled style, I decided I wasn’t fully happy with the style and wanted it to be more similar to Brigitte’s. I was anxious to how it would turn out, but I decided to go for it anyway, if you never try – you’ll never know! I simply took out the clips, used my comb and separated a small part of the front of my hair and parted it in the middle. I then brushed the hair around my face and twirled the curls around my fingers, and re-clipped the majority of the top section back!
I absolutely adore this hairstyle and although I can never pull it off as good as Brigitte, I think I did a good job overall. Don’t intimidated to try different hairstyles and be inspired by iconic looks, it’s always fun to be creative and give it a go!
Although Brigitte has always stated she didn’t really consider herself an actress and that in her film roles – she would simply be Brigitte, I think she’s far too self critical. She has a lot more talent than she gives herself credit for and therefore I thought I’d recommend some of her iconic movies. You can also see her dance in some of them too, something she has always adored, she actually trained for years in Ballet.
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