If there's one hair trend we're seeing pop up time and time again in 2021, it's the modern beehive. While we undoubtedly have Amy Winehouse to thank for the '60s beehive resurgence of the '00s, this year, the retro hairstyle has been seen on countless Fashion Week catwalks (think: Moschino, Christian Cowan, and Batsheva), on various awards season red carpets, and, more recently, on Anya Taylor-Joy, who stars in Edgar Wright's upcoming psychological horror film Last Night in Soho.
Taylor-Joy's blonde beehive, featuring a blunt fringe and soft waves, makes sense – the new film, in which Taylor-Joy plays wannabe singer Sandy, is set in the Swinging Sixties. The official description reads: "A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences." Last Night In Soho recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival and will be released in cinemas on Friday, October 29.
One Night in Soho
We first saw the style making a welcome comeback at the Brit Awards in May when Dua Lipa wore her dark hair pulled back into a high, voluminous bun with long strands framing her face.
Then, at the BAFTA TV Awards in June, Aimee Lou Wood's chic updo served all the modern beehive drama. The 26-year-old Sex Education star, who picked up the award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy, wore a flowing floral dress with a statement collar by Miu Miu, her signature winged eyeliner, and her hair in a subtle beehive with face-framing bangs.
Aimee Lou Wood
It's safe to say the celeb-adored style is set to be the next big hair trend — so we called upon hairstylist Patrick Wilson, the person behind Wood's modern beehive, to tell us how to get the look at home.
"The inspiration for Aimee's hair is drawn from the '60s — think Brigitte Bardot, beehive silhouettes," Wilson says. "The dress was Miu Miu, and the minute I saw the collar, I knew it had to be a hair-up. I wanted to create something with a nod to Brigitte, but that still felt Aimee."
On the modern beehive as an emerging trend, Wilson commented: "We have been living in a world where we haven't been able to go to the hairdressers and massively missing the beauty industry as a whole, so I think that women are wanting to wear their hair differently. I feel we all need something fun right now and this is exactly what I wanted to achieve with Aimee's hair for the BAFTAs."
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Here's how to get the modern beehive look, according to a pro:
- I prepped the hair using Tigi Bed Head Queen For A Day Thickening Spray ($20), and blow-dried with the GHD Helios Professional Hair Dryer ($250), and a round brush.
- I directed the bangs back, away from the face with the GHD 1 ¼" Soft Curling Iron ($199).
- Once the prep was finished, I added Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($48) to the roots, backcombing to add height.
- Using my Mason Pearson Popular Mixture Hair Brush ($240), I brushed the hair back and rolled it into a French roll. Then I manipulated the shape with my fingers to make it look more lived-in before securing.
- Top tip: This look is all about the prep. If you fail to prep the style, it won't last. My advice would be to use a mousse to hold the look in place. And using two mirrors to check the balance and shape in the back helps too.
This story originally appeared in Glamour UK.