The 1950s were a decade of vast social and political change and hairstyles shifted accordingly. The post-WWII era was both dynamic and more conservative than former times with women returning to a more feminine and very glamorous style, wearing their hair a little longer than the typical bob length.
The “Golden Age of Television” had a great impact on how Americans perceived themself and women loved to copy the styles of actresses, musicians and other celebrities. Most popular were the styles of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy.
While the 50s were also “a time of racism, sexism, gay suppression, war and international conflict“, a woman’s voluminously and perfectly coiffed curls were standing above all the chaos and housewives mastered their work with a perfect ‘do that did not reveal anything about their private struggles.