Beehive Hairdo

The Beehive Hairdo is a woman's hairstyle in fashion from about the 1940s through the 1960s, in which long hair is piled high above the head and cemented with plenty of hairspray. A few elderly women could be seen sporting the beehive into the 1990s, at which point it became more of a gag and/or trope hairstyle than anything real. They seem to have made a small comeback in the last few years, thanks to celebrities from shows like Jersey Shore making "poofy hair" trendy again. It is named as such because it resembles a Stock Beehive in shape.


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  • An ad for My Habit women's designer and fashion brands features someone with this hairstyle.
  • The main character in this ad for Smirnoff flavored vodka.
  • Louis Vuitton once featured an ad depicting pairs of identical twin women with their hair updone.

  • During the first episode of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next, Sena tries out a Victorian-style "poof", complete with various summer-themed decorations. Her father is not thrilled about her walking around with her hair like that.
  • Ruruka from Jewelpet Happiness has one, meant to be seen as a practical hairstyle befitting her tomboy personality.
  • Telence D'Arby from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is one of the rare male examples of this trope, and seemingly one of the few villains in the arc without a mullet.
  • Iris styles her hair this way for a glamour contest in Pokémon Best Wishes. Her Pokemon can even hide inside it.
  • Edel from Princess Tutu.
  • Astharoshe Asran sometimes sports this in Trinity Blood.
  • Ryoko Sakurai in Senki Zesshou Symphogear sports this with a butterfly clip. As her true self her massive amount of locks flow freely. It's most likely this hairstyle was chosen by the designers to make a visual difference between Ryoko and Finé outside of hair and eye color being different.


    Fan Fic 
  • Beehive Randomness, a one-shot Lucky Star fic about six of the (long-haired) characters' hair mysteriously becoming updone. Miyuki finds it rather embarrassing, and so does Kagami once she and Konata wind up next. (Despite the title, there is not actually much random about it.)
  • Starbound, another Lucky Star fic, also involves the Kagami, Konata, and Miyuki's hair becoming updone during the first half of its first chapter. They later find out from Kagami and Tsukasa's second cousin Rokuna (yes, that one, except with brown hair already also done up into a hive) that the crystals responsible for it are actually meant to enable them to use psychokinetics. (The version on is even marked with a photoshopped image of Kagami with her hair updone.)

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live Action 
  • Johnny Cash's mother in Walk the Line acquires one of these in The '60s.
  • Ricki Lake sports this style in Hairspray.
    • Everyone sported that style in Hairspray, hence the title.
    • Up to the point where Deborah Harry has a hollowed-out one with a door on the front, tall enough to keep a time bomb inside.
    • And Ricki Lake becomes the one major exception when she irons her hair flat in jail like she learned it from the beatniks.
    • And quite a few other John Waters characters have this hairstyle.
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch: "Suddenly, she's Miss Beehive, 1963..."
  • Bride of Frankenstein has an infamous version of a beehive.
  • In Mars Attacks!, one of the aliens disguises itself as a woman sporting one of these, because it was the only kind of costume that would hide its huge head.
  • Prof. Holt from Class of Nuke 'Em High Part II: Subhumanoid Meltdown has to lower her head whenever she passes through a door.
  • Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's.
  • Eve Teschmacher in Superman: The Movie and Superman II.

  • Susan Sto Helit sported one when she was being Death's granddaughter (as opposed to Governess Susan) in the Sky One Live-Action Adaptation of Hogfather. Based on the painting by Paul Kidby which has her with more of an afro, which in turn is based on the description in Soul Music of her hair resembling a dandelion clock.
  • In Relativity, the supervillain Vera Barracuda uses a beehive hairstyle as part of her disguise. In her day-to-day life, she wears her hair down. This, plus a Domino Mask, is enough to completely hide her identity.
  • In Captain Underpants, George and Harold's teacher, Ms. Ribble, has a beehive hairdo.
  • The lady on the cover of Rich People Problems.

    Live Action TV 
  • Turned up often enough in the original Star Trek, that it's been speculated that (like many, many other parts of the show) it was a case of Author Appeal with Gene Roddenberry.
  • Mad Men:
    • Brought back from the dead by Joan Holloway and her startlingly-red updo. The show is, after all, set in the very early 60s.
    • Worn by by Betty Draper when she and Don go to Italy.
  • Vlad, the Divine Executioner, from Lexx had such a hairdo... about a foot-and-a-half high.
  • When beehives appear in Mystery Science Theater 3000 movies, one of the gang will probably make buzzing noises at least once.
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark sports a rather unusual beehive-mullet.
  • As mentioned above, Snooki's signature "poof" from Jersey Shore.
  • Joy once sported one in My Name Is Earl, when she and the rest of the cast went to see an independently produced movie.
  • Patsy Stone's signature look in Absolutely Fabulous.
  • Lois sometimes styles her hair this way in Malcolm in the Middle.
  • In an episode of Malibu, CA, Tracey tries her hand in styling Stads' and Samantha's hair. Stads' is styled into an impossibly large beehive, which she initially pretends to love, before asking for Samantha's help to get rid of it once Tracey leaves.
  • Bug-Eyed Bandit styles her hair like this in The Flash (2014), tying to her queen bee theme.
  • The signature hairstyle of Warehouse 13's Mrs Frederic.
  • Rimmer, from Red Dwarf, on one occasion rudely demanded that Holly give him a haircut. In revenge, Holly inflicted a beehive on him instead.

  • Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson of The B-52s used to always sport a pair of beehives. It's where the band's name came from, after all. Not so much nowadays.
  • Mari Wilson of Just What I Always Wanted fame.
  • Adele, of course.
  • Diana Ross And The Supremes. And others of their time.
  • Amy Winehouse, probably the most notable example of the last ten years.
  • Dusty Springfield.
  • Cyndi Lauper sported the reverse version of the Elsa Lanchester beehive hairdo around the time of her 1989 album A Night To Remember.
  • A woman with one of these appears on the cover for Andre Kostalanetz's record album for Strauss Waltzes.
  • Patty Smyth of Scandal briefly sported one in the video for "The Warrior".

  • True to the television series, Janice Rand has one of these in Data East's Star Trek pinball.

  • The recently introduced black Barbie is shown with this at times.

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    Web Original 
  • This DeviantArt group called "The Beehive" is all about this trope. In case anyone's curious about the icon, though, the girls depicted are: Konata Izumi, Kagami Hiiragi, and Miyuki Takara; Guuko; Makoto Minagawa (from Getter Love!!); Pepper; Rebecca "Becky" Miyamoto; Mai Tsurugino (from Makeruna! Makendou Z); and Kiyomi "Yomi" Mizuhara. None of the girls ever actually sport a hive canonically; these were modified versions of pre-existing images. Why them? Ask the group owner.
    • DMXrated, the owner of the group (and no relation to Earl Simmons), also hosted an event last year in his other group, Job Offers, in which participants could draw pictures he requested of various long-haired anime and video game girls in exchange for bonus points on top of their regular commission prices. The first fifty of those were of various long-haired girls with their hair done up into hives.

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons: Marge Simpson here is the modern queen of the beehive. She's never seen anyone with taller hair outside of Graceland.
    • Her mother's beehive is pretty impressive as well.
    • Sideshow Mel also counts, as a rare male example. Agnes, Principal Skinner's mother, also has one, but not nearly as large (and it's a wig; she's actually bald).
  • This hairstyle was spoofed in one episode of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. In the episode, Robotnik's Mother adopts Sonic. A social worker comes to inspect the fortress and not only does she have a beehive hairdo, but real bees buzzing around it, and a hole for them to fly into.
  • Lady Nickelbottoms from The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.
  • Gerald from Hey Arnold!, though his is an exaggerated hi-top fade.
  • Sheila Broflovski on South Park.
  • A villain from Totally Spies! sported one of these to hide the top half of her head, which had grown huge after stealing the intelligence of several geniuses.
  • The Magic Schoolbus: Miss Frizzle sports one in the episode where they go see the inside of a beehive.
  • Cordoth's Daughter from The Life and Times of Juniper Lee
  • The Oblongs: Pickles Oblong wears a beehive hairdo wig, as the pollution of the Valley caused her hair to fall out.
  • In an episode of Daria, Brittney sports a hive at a dance. Someone on the sidelines can also be seen with one.
  • Betty Jo Flynn from Phineas and Ferb.
  • The unnamed gift shop clerk in Bébé's Kids, whose hair might count as a "triple-hive" of sorts.
  • Rugrats: Didi Pickles has one that points in three directions.
  • Mrs. Brinks in Angela Anaconda wears a beehive wig, which periodically falls off.
  • Miss Sculptham in Moral Orel has this. Another hint (see page description) that this show might be set in The '50s.
  • In The Flintstones episode "Fred's New Boss", Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble get their hair done in gigantic, elaborate beehives at a salon, and the pair drive their car very slowly to protect their hairdos. Unfortunately, their 'dos are destroyed after a fast-moving dinosaur vehicle passes by and blows them down.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Toph regularly wears her hair in a large, flat bun atop her head.
  • Eustace's mother in Courage the Cowardly Dog.
  • Marguerite Grey in the Over the Garden Wall episode Mad Love.
  • Olga in The Mouse and the Monster.
  • Some episodes of Kaeloo have either Kaeloo or Quack Quack wear a wig that looks like a beehive hairdo.
  • In the As Told by Ginger episode No Hope for Courtney, popular girl Courtney Gripling has her hair done in a beehive.
  • The female lead in the 1931 Fleischer Animation short In My Merry Oldsmobile.

    Real Life 
  • The urban myth about a woman with a beehive hairdo in which hundreds of small spiders nest (and presumably attack her by biting into her skull).
    • It is fair to say this might have its roots in the "pompadour hairstyles" of the late eighteenth century, popular at the French court, where women would seek to out-do each other in even more spectacular—and ultimately preposterous—piled hairstyles, heavily fixed with lacquer and often reliant on what today we might call "hair extensions". Some of these baroque hair styles incorporated clocks, and even cages with small animals like birds, butterflies and even mice. Combine the poor standards of personal hygiene at the time, and the fact unwashed hair fixed with glues, lacquer, and animal fats might look nice but would stink after a while (and which would inevitably attract other creatures not imprisoned in cages) then we have an urban myth with roots in historical fact.