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Audrey Hepburn’s beehive most iconic hairstyle of last 50 years

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Audrey Hepburn’s beehive, Elvis Presley’s quiff and Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Rachel’ cut have been named among the most iconic hairstyles in history. The Beehive, made famous by Hepburn’s role as Holly Golightly in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s', came top of a poll to name the most memorable locks of the past half a century.

Elvis Presley’s jet black quiff came second followed by Bob Marley’s dreadlocks and the cut made famous by Jennifer Aniston during her stint as Rachel Green in hit TV show ‘Friends’.

Amy Winehouse’s high beehive, Princess Diana’s feathered pageboy style and Brigitte Bardot’s iconic bed head look also featured at the top of the list, put together to mark Toni & Guy’s 50th anniversary.

Other iconic hairstyles among the top ten compiled from a poll of 2,000 Brits include The Beatles matching mop tops, Marilyn Monroe’s glamorous blonde curls and Farrah Fawcett’s golden flicks.

Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, Global Creative Director for Toni & Guy said:

“Audrey Hepburn’s beehive in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a style almost everyone is familiar with, even if they have never seen the film.

“The image of her with her dark hair piled up, while she is holding a cigarette holder is one of the most recognisable film images of all time.

“The fact that the famous style is still topping these kinds of lists half a century since the film was released shows how iconic it really is – and it gained even more fans when the film was re-released last year.

“The top ten features styles from across the last 50 or so years – from Hepburn’s beehive, right through to Jennifer Aniston’s face framing layers – and really show how style and fashion have evolved over the years.

“These styles are instantly recognisable, despite many of them being from a whole generation ago – and they will probably still be as iconic in generations to come.”

Twiggy’s demure elfin crop was voted into eleventh place followed by John Travolta’s quiff he wore as Danny Zuko in the 1970′s film Grease.

Kate Middleton’s long brunette curls came thirteenth, with James Dean’s style, David Beckham’s 90′s curtains and Cher’s waist-length, straight hair close behind.

The glamorous bouffant, worn by Jackie Kennedy is at 17, while Halle Berry’s short pixie cut was at 18.

Dita Von Teese’s retro curls and the famous Star Wars buns, worn by Princess Leia completed the top twenty.

It’s not all glitz and glamour in the list though as even some of the most questionable styles from the last few decades feature among the top 50.

David Beckham’s much criticised Mohawk is at number 21, while even Kevin Keegan’s mullet made it in at number 31.

Current looks among the list include Holly Willoughby’s long soft curls, One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles’ messy locks and Zooey Deschanel’s thick fringe.

Other iconic hairstyles include Bo Derek’s cornrows, Victoria Beckham’s ‘pob’ and Kylie Minogue’s 80s perm.

Emma Bunton’s ‘Baby Spice’ Bunches, Alexa Chung and Kate Moss are also among the memorable styles.

Even the Queen features in the list with her perfectly coiffed curls voted in at number 50.

Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, Global Creative Director for Toni & Guy added:

“This year, TONI&GUY is celebrating 50 years of hair fashion heritage.

“Over this time, we’ve seen many of these iconic hairstyles copied by thousands of people in our salons.”


1.            Audrey Hepburn – Breakfast at Tiffany’s beehive

2.            Elvis Presley – Quiff

3.            Bob Marley – dreadlocks

4.            Jennifer Aniston – The ‘Rachel’ cut

5.            Amy Winehouse – Beehive

6.            The Beatles – Mop tops

7.            Marilyn Monroe – Blonde curls

8.            Farrah Fawcett – Golden Flicks

9.            Princess Diana – feathered pageboy cut

10.          Brigitte Bardot – messy bedhead look

11.          Twiggy – Elfin cropped cut

12.          John Travolta – Grease quiff

13.          Kate Middleton – long, soft curls

14.          James Dean – high top, tight sides

15.          David Beckham – blonde curtains

16.          Cher – waist long straight hair

17.          Jackie Kennedy – bouffant

18.          Halle Berry – Pixie cut

19.          Dita Von Teese – Retro glamour style

20.          Princess Leia – ‘cinnamon’ buns

21.          David Beckham – Mohawk

22.          Bo Derek – cornrows

23.          Holly Willoughby – sleek long curls

24.          Sinead O’Connor – shaved head

25.          Mia Farrow – short pixie cut

26.          Diana Ross – Afro

27.          Victoria Beckham – The ‘Pob’

28.          George Clooney – neat side parting

29.          Kurt Cobain – messy grungy look

30.          Kylie Minogue – perm

31.          Kevin Keegan – Mullet

32.          Julia Roberts – long voluminous curls

33.          Harry Styles – messy style

34.          Olivia Newton John – blonde curls ‘after’ style in Grease

35.          Eminem – bleach blonde

36.          Grace Jones – the flattop

37.          George Best – grown out mop top

38.          Raquel Welch – Big volume

39.          Zooey Deschanel – thick fringe

40.          Barbara Eden – ‘I Dream of Jeanie’ high ponytail

41.          Kate Moss – Blonde tousled waves

42.          Meg Ryan – The Shag

43.          Bjork – high knots

44.          Lady Gaga – big bow

45.          Tina Turner – Big volume

46.          Rihanna – The undercut

47.          Emma Bunton – ‘baby spice’ bunches

48.          Sarah Jessica Parker – messy curls

49.          Alexa Chung – messy bob

50.          Queen Elizabeth – tight, perfectly coifed curls