Hair-styles for children were either 'home-cut' pudding basin shapes, or the girls wore plaits. Boys ended up with the same short back and sides as their dads. When girls were going to a party hair was rolled up in pipe cleaners to make a curl, and doused in Armani wave set lotion - which never lasted very long. Party dresses in the mid-50s were stiff nylon with petticoats of paper nylon or net starched to stick out. I had a bright peach dress with diamante trim, along with black patent party shoes. And that became my sister's party dress down the line!