How to Do a Beehive Updo

by Samantha Herman ; Updated September 28, 2017

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Over the decades, everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Amy Winehouse has sported the beehive hairstyle. Here are some instructions so you can join the ranks of these well-known stars and sport your own beehive.

Items you will need

  • Shoulder-Length Dry Hair
  • Fine-Tooth Comb
  • 20 Bobby Pins
  • Hairspray
  • Large Hair Clip
Step 1

Make a horizontal part from ear to ear.

Step 2

Clip the top half of your hair on the very top of your head to keep it out of the way.

Step 3

Twist the bottom half of your hair, starting at the roots.

Step 4

Run the twist vertically along the back of your head, securing it with bobby pins.

Step 5

Depending on the length of your hair, there may or may not be hair once you reach the top of your head. If there is a lot of hair that extends beyond the twist, wrap the hair into a bun and secure with bobby pins.

Step 6

Unclip the hair that was above the part. Tease the hair by combing from from tip to root (rather than from root to tip).

Step 7

Use a lot of hairspray on the teased parts of your hair to ensure the hair maintains its volume.

Step 8

Using your hands, shape the hair into a round puff on top of your head.

Step 9

Tuck the tips of the hair into the bun or the twist, depending on the length. Secure with as many bobby pins as necessary.

Step 10

Use lots of hairspray to ensure your new 'do lasts.


  • Putting styling gel into your hair before you start can help to eliminate flyaway strands. You can also leave the bottom half down and style the top half of your hair into a beehive.


  • Be sure to use your hands to shape the hair mound on top of your head after teasing the hair. Teasing creates volume by making small knots in your hair, so shaping it with a comb will negate the benefits of teasing the hair.

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About the Author

Samantha Herman earned an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University in 2005. Her professional writing career started in 2008, when she accepted an internship at "Willamette Week," a local alternative publication. Upon completing her internship, she became employed as a copywriter for an internet media company. In addition to copywriting, she has written articles for PDX Pipeline and eHow.