How to Get Megan Draper's '60s Hair from 'Mad Men'

We're feeling nostalgic for Don's second ex-wife, who has been largely missing from the final season.
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We're feeling nostalgic for Don's second ex-wife, who has been largely missing from the final season.

Beauty tutorials are big on YouTube — a search for "makeup tutorial" and "hair tutorial" yields more than 5 million videos. In this weekly series, we put a mix of popular and under-the-radar tutorials to the test and show you what's best.

The seven seasons of "Mad Men" span almost exactly a decade, from March 1960 to sometime in 1970. It was a decade that saw a great deal of change in fashion — from shortening hemlines to the total disappearance of men's hats — as well as in hair and beauty. This is best captured in Megan Draper's shift from a carefully arranged bob to a large, Priscilla Presley-inspired bouffant with cascading curls, which she begins wearing after she moves to California and her marriage to Don Draper enters its final stages.

The hair of Don's first wife, Betty Draper, remains virtually unchanged, even as everything around her — husband, house, women's roles at home and in the workplace — does.

The hair transformation of Megan Draper, played by Jessica Paré. Photos: AMC

The hair transformation of Megan Draper, played by Jessica Paré. Photos: AMC

While watching season five re-runs this week, I searched YouTube to see what "Mad Men"-inspired hair tutorials had popped up over the years. As you might expect, instructions on how to replicate Betty's unchanging style are the most popular — but as someone who can't manage a tiny pin curl, they're also impossibly difficult.

Megan Draper's mid-'60s 'do, however, is much more achievable, and also much more contemporary. YouTube vlogger Lindsay Estelle shows us how to do it in the video at the top of the page. And if you'd like to finish the look with makeup, check out Elizabeth Holmes's video tutorial below.