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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.

    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 
  • Many panels of The Far Side featured one or more beehive-coiffed beauties. Beehive hairdos and harlequin or cat-eye glasses were Tertiary Sexual Characteristics for Gary Larson.
  • Pearls Before Swine:
    • Creator Stephan Pastis wrote a strip that, apparently, nobody got. Pig sees a "Beware of Dog" sign in a yard, that appears to have the "g" missing. He knocks on the door to let the owner know, only to be greeted by a woman with an atrocious beehive haircut. Beware of do. Geddit?
    • Also worth noting Patty and Pigita, even though the former is, um, a reptile.

    Fan Works 
  • 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 — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Johnny Cash's mother in Walk the Line acquires one of these in The '60s.
  • Everyone sport 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.
    • Ricki Lake sports this style at the beginning, but she 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 

  • 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 Comics 

    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.

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    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.
  • There are images of Kimberlé Crenshaw with her hair done up this way.


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