The Bouffant hairstyle has the hair raised high on the head and hangs down around the side of the head. It was a mainstream style during the mid-to-late 18th century and is said to have been created for Marie Antoinette (see photo above). Antoinette had thin hair and wanted a hairstyle that would create the illusion of full hair. So voila! the Bouffant was born. The 60s Bouffant was re-created by British hairdresser Raymond Bessone.
Bouffants are difficult to construct and difficult to wear. Like all true fads, Bouffants weren’t in vogue for long and every now and then, sees a bit of resurgence.