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How-To: A Honey of a Hive

For those of you saucy Bella Donnas who strive for a hip beehive that stars such as Amy Winehouse are making chic again, here's an easy way to recreate this punkier and slightly messier version of the popular '50s hairstyle at home.

There's no doubt that you can use a wig, like makeup artist and hairstylist Yvette Beebe did here for Halloween. But if you want to rock a hive with your own hair in under five, you'll need:

  • a styling spray
  • a comb
  • a set of bobby pins
  • firm hold hairspray

To read my four-step guide on how to build a beehive at home,

  • STEP 1: If possible, don't wash your hair the day you plan to create this style. It's helpful if hair has a little bit of natural grease in it. The first step is to divide your hair into two sections: top and bottom.
  • STEP 2: Next, spritz the crown of your hair with a styling spray and then tease it underneath to create airy volume.
  • STEP 3: When your hair is nice and stiff from all of the back-combing, turn the bottom part of the hair that you just back-combed and get ready to pin it in place. But here's the crucial part — before you secure it, push the hair forward so that you create some height. When you've got that beehivey look, begin securing it in pieces with as many bobby pins as necessary so that it holds.
  • STEP 4: Lastly, gently comb any fly-away hairs back and mist the heck out of your entire head with a firm hold hairspray. It won't move much, but that's the point, isn't it?


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frenchienikki frenchienikki 9 years
she has fun and wild hair
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Very pretty!!!
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
i typically like the beehive look but amy's is just god awful and too big
skatie07 skatie07 9 years
Ugh, I don't understand this. I hate beehives.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Ick looks like little creatures could live in there
LoraKostandyan LoraKostandyan 9 years
I don't really like the whole beehive thing, but I do back comb my hair to make it really big in the front.
phree2b phree2b 9 years
Right with Gibson girl!
GibsonGIrl GibsonGIrl 9 years
Beehives can be fun, but I prefer the more classic 60's style smooth and chic style with a great shift mini dress, opaque tights, and fabulous boots. I'm not much for the Winehouse incarnation. It can look very chic and Jackie O if done right though. Fun fun!
creepupmytee creepupmytee 9 years
pictures might do the trick! haha.
phree2b phree2b 9 years
I don't think that is all her hair. I once used a black shoulder pad from a sweater and tucked it underneath and covered it with hair and cliped it center back with a tortoise shell barrette and wore the bottom half down. It was shoulder length at the time.It was 1993 and I wore a vintage Vera of California Op-Art Tunic shirt and black tights and heels. It was kinda Edie..
bbvFAN112 bbvFAN112 9 years
wow she has ALOT of hair.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
No way I'd wear my hair like this except for a costume party
TFS TFS 9 years
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Erm... I'll pass on this one, thanks.
emalove emalove 9 years
All set...
0danielle0 0danielle0 9 years
Not hot.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
No thanks!
dd-sugar dd-sugar 9 years
Thanks for the Halloween suggestion k8 rckstr! With my waist-long hair, I could whip up a mean beehive. I'd rather portray a 50s chick with a cute poodle skirt than Winehouse though-just not a fan.
fitgirlFL fitgirlFL 9 years
Why would you want to do this? It just doesn't look good at all.
thelittleblackblog thelittleblackblog 9 years
I am so sick of hearing about the Amy Winehouse look; this is getting old - fast.
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 9 years
I created an Amy Winehouse 'do for Halloween this year, and instead of doing all the backcombing... I went to the dollar store and bought a bunch of those cheesey fake pony tail things that *sort of* matched my hair colour and stuffed them into a matching hairnet... then i attached the lump of hair to the top of my head and covered it in my natural hair so you couldnt see it at all... it looked amazing and people said i could actually wear it out like that if i had an occaison to lol... so yeah, thats an alternative if you don't want to tease your natural hair into a knotty mess :D
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Crazy hair!
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