flower power and the hippie movement

One of the subcultures that is recognized easily by a majority of people are the hippies.

Originally taken from ‘hipster’, the term “hippie” was used to describe beatniks in the late 1960s and early 1970s who wanted to drop out of the norms of society and establish a counter culture. One sign of doing so was to not cut their hair like all the people in the offices but to keep it long and wild.

Although the Hippie culture is often judged based on its members’ appearance and use of drugs, there was a greater idea behind the movement. Starting as an opposition to the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War (1955-1975) the overall goal was a more humane and peaceful world.

The buzzword “flower power”, coined by Allan Ginsberg, was not only about wearing floral fabrics but in fact has a deeper meaning as people started to dole flowers out to the public and even soldiers.


mop-top rebellion


The post WWII Baby Boom Generation had become teenagers in the 1960s so culture was dominated by youth. The Beatlemania coined the middle of the decade and made thousands of fans getting a mop-top. -A cut with straight bangs, collar-length in the neck and covering the ears at the side that got its name because of its resemblance to a mop.

According to the “inventor” of the bowl-shaped hair do, Jürgen Vollmer, he one day just decided  not to backcomb his hair as it was usual at that time but to wear them as bangs as a personal sign of rebellion against the squares.

With their messages of love and non-violence the Beatles were symbols of the 1960s counterculture and were perceived as the embodiment of progressive ideals.

In the Soviet Union  wearing a mop-top was regarded as extremely rebellious and people were stopped on the street and had their hair cut in police stations.