The 1960s were historical for many reasons, including music and hairstyles. Motown contributed to both with girl groups like The Supremes, The Marvelettes and Martha & the Vandellas. The looks of the women, and their favored hairstyles, established their image as much as their music.
The Supremes brought a fresh take to the classic bob. Their bobs were teased and shaped to be bigger than ever before. The bangs were chunkier and the crown was considerably higher, while the tapered sides and angled neckline remained. It didn't have much movement, thanks to the endless teasing and accompanying hairspray, but it was a chic style that most female Motown artists wore at one time or another.
The asymmetrical design from Europe had the same shape and silhouette as the classic bob, but one side was considerably shorter than the other. It usually fell no lower than the top of the ear. Arguably the most popular and influential female act on Motown was Diana Ross, lead singer of The Supremes. She frequently wore the asymmetrical bob style during the 1960s.
If there is one hairstyle synonymous with the 1960s, it is arguably the bouffant. It shows up in the early Motown promo photos, such as those for Martha & the Vandellas. A bouffant is the extreme teasing and shaping of the hair that has a structured roundness at the crown. The bouffant could be implemented in several hairstyles, including ponytails and bobs.
The flip hairstyle of the 1960s incorporated the bouffant at the crown, which gave it its own distinct flair. Whether it was chin length, dusted the collarbone or softly caressed the shoulders, the flip was feminine and super sexy. Several Motown girl singers of the era can be seeing wearing a flip.