Women’s Hairstyles of the 1960s

The Geometric “Five Point” Hairstyle

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Classic five-point wedge, Vidal Sassoon. Photo by David Montgomery.

Where earlier in the decade women had to spend hours on their hair, Vidal Sassoon had the idea that hair should be cut with the natural line of the hair and require little or no fuss or upkeep. This concept mirrored the increasing freedom for women to go to work and pursue an independent living outside of their traditional role as homemaker. Sassoon is quoted as saying, “Women were going back to work, they were assuming their own power. They didn’t have time to sit under the dryer.”

This geometric hairstyle (five-point cut) is a beautiful architectural style that Sassoon first created in 1965 on model Grace Coddington. Sassoon preferred to work with dark shiny hair that would show off the severe lines of the style.

Also famous for the geometric five-point hairstyle cut was Mary Quant, Carnaby Street fashion designer and originator of the “Mod” clothing look. Mary Quant is credited with designing the iconic mini-skirt of the 60s and 70s.

 

“Women were going back to work, they were assuming their own power. They didn’t have time to sit under the dryer.”

 


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