Vintage style will never get unfashionable, it’s just eternal and favorite for many fashion icons and celebrities. Some of them, like Dita von Teese, made this classic retro style of 40s their lifestyle, but it’s a special case. Except for different events and public appearances, vintage style is a very popular trend for weddings. You can choose it as your wedding theme or just use some retro details in your look like a hairdo and accessories. We’ve rounded up for you different vintage hairstyles from luxurious and romantic waves to chic greased back hair. Have a look at them and plunge into gorgeous atmosphere of the previous century.
A vintage or retro updo is a great idea for a wedding, it’s a timelessly chic and elegant option to match many bridal styles and it will last long. An updo can be done on medium or long hair and you may choose various options depending on the length. It can be a finger wave updo, Victorian twists, a curled or twisted updo, a top knot or a low updo. Rock various curls and waves that are fixed and stay in place – this is one of the most traditional ideas. Low twisted chignons are also nice, add a volume on top and voila. Avoid messy looks and hair hanging down, this is not about vintage elegance. Get more sleek and fixed hair, it will also last longer.
a 1920s inspired finger wave hairstyle on medium length hair
a chic vintage wedding hairstyle with a volume on top and a chignon plus a shiny hairpiece
a fresh take on classics - an updo with twisted hair on both sides of the head
a fully curled wedding updo with a volume on top and a shiny flower hairpiece
a gorgeous curled updo with a twisted front and a gold headpiece with rhinestones
a large top knot with a twisted top is an elegant and very chic option for a vintage-inspired bridal look
a retro updo with messy waves and some locks down plus a very shiny star hairpiece
a retro wedding updo with fixed waves and curls on long hair is a very cool idea for a 1940s or 1950s wedding
a retro-inspired curled side updo on long hair with fixed curls is a unique take on a traditional hairstyle
a retro-inspired curled updo with a fixed voluminous top will fit a 1940s or 1950s wedding
a side updo with fixed curls and a shiny hairpiece is a gorgeous idea for a 1920s or 1930s wedding
a statement vintage wedding hairstyle with curled sleek volumes on top is a jaw-dropping option
a stunning low wedding updo on long hair with a shiny rhinestone hairpiece and a slight volume on top
a stylish vintage-inspired wedding updo with a low twisted bun and a volume on top plus some locks down
a unique retro-inspired low updo with a curled top and a twisted lower part for a retro bride
a unique wedding hairstyle with a twisted lower part and a sleek top is a fresh take on a vintage hairstyle
a vintage low updo with a twisted and wavy lower part and a volume on top plus a small hairpiece
a vintage wedding updo with fixed curls on both sides and a sleek top
a vintage wedding updo with fixed curls on one side is a cool statement that will help you pull off the look
a vintage-inspired curled low updo with a shiny hairpiece and fixed waves is a great fit for a retro bride
a vintage-inspired low updo with a volume on top and a sleek top plus a wavy lower part
a vintage-inspired twisted and wavy updo with some locks down, beads and fresh flowers and greenery
a voluminous vintage-inspired wedding updo with a twisted lower part and a large volume on top plus locks down
an updo with fixed curls on medium length hair and a curled side bang is a cool idea
a chic updo with Hollywood waves for medium length hair will fit many bridal styles and looks
a classic Audrey Hepburn hairstyle - an updo with a volume on top and a fringe, all sleek and elegant
a vintage updo with curls that are fixed to stay in place shows off a modern take on a vintage hairstyle
a retro updo with a volume on top and a side fringe, all done sleek and chic
a classic top knot done ballerina-style is a very elegant and timeless idea that will fit even a modern bridal look
a chic and sleek vintage updo with large waves and a wavy front is a very elegant and gorgeous idea
a side updo on medium hair done with a wavy front and a gold hairpiece looks really cool and wow
a vintage half updo with waves and curls, twists on top and a shiny rhinetone hairpiece
a curled and fixed vintage updo with volumes on top looks very stylish and perfectly stylized
If you don’t want an updo, rock long Hollywood waves or shorter ones, go for curls on short hair, it can be a side hairstyle, too, that is accented with a shiny hairpiece. You may try a vintage ponytail – with a volume on top and a curled ponytail itself, or a vintage half updo with some twisted hair on top and waves down. Accent your hairstyle with some shiny pins or a hairpiece and you’ll get a gorgeous look!
long Hollywood waves with side parting is a stunning idea for brides with long hair
a vintage ponytail with a large volume on top and a curled ponytal is a timelessly chic idea
a beautiful vintage-inspired side curly hairstyle with a curled fringe and statement earrings looks wow
a 1940s wedding half updo with a wavy fixed top and waves down is classics
a classic curly hairstyle with a side part on short hair is always a good and chic idea
vintage curls on medium length hair of a bold burgundy shade look both modern and timelessly elegant
a sleek and shiny top plus curls on short hair will accent your Roaring 20s bridal look
vintage curls highlighted with rhinestone hairpieces for a 20s and 30s inspired look
such vintage waves with enough volume will be a nice idea for many bridal styles and looks
classic vintage waves and curls plus a voluminous top and a hairpiece for a chic and classy look
a retro hairstyle with long hair, a large volume on top and a curled front is a statement and bold idea
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1930s Hairstyles for Long Hair
I have the perfect hair for styles prior to 1910 – long, thick, curly, and with enough bobby pins it can hold a ten-pound Edwardian picture hat (I haven’t tried it but I think it could be done). But when it comes to the 20th century – just forget it. Long hair and ’20s-’30s vintage hairstyles don’t mix. Short curly hair was in since the 1920s flapper girl revolution. Long hair wasn’t embraced again until the 1970s with a few exceptions in between.
So what is a long-haired girl to do when she has a 1930s Old Hollywood party to attend? Let’s take a look at some 30s hairstyles for long hair to get inspiration, and then I will share with you some tips on how I create ’30s hairstyle with my long curly hair.
1930s Long Hair
Not every woman wanted to cut their hair short, but having an off the neck hairstyle was the style of the decade, and long-tressed ladies had to make do.
The American Hairdresser magazine in 1939 said, “we do not endorse longhair but in response to the numerous requests for something to answer the needs of long-haired patrons these styles have been presented.”
1939 Long hair updo with ring curls gathers up top and long hair swept up in the back. Lower right is a flat bun pinned at the nape.
Most ’30s hairstyles began with a chin-length cut. As the decade moved, on women needed longer shoulder length cuts to accommodate newer styles that involved a lot of tight rolls and curls. Women who had longer hair could style these same “short” looks with the help of a professional hairstylist. It involved creating sweeps of hair, tight rolls, and a lot of bobby pins to keep the curls/rolls off the neck. Other styles embraced straight long hair or curly long hair into simple down looks. These were worn by Hollywood movie stars more than the public.
1930s Long Turned Short Hairstyles
Just like in the ’20s, women used the chignon bun to gather up long hair off the neck. The chignon was smooth and flat and pinned tightly to the head. If hair was thick or layered, the top or outer strands could be waved and tightly curled before they were hung over the chignon. There were also numerous tricks to wave or roll long hair and sweep it up and around in sections all over the head, giving the overall appearance of short waved hair. It was an optical illusion, and best left to professional stylists to create.
- Waving long hair with an iron
- Waves ending with tight curls are pinned to the head
- Waves and curls with very long hair
Marcel waving (book) was the preferred styling method in the early ’30s. It shortened hair quite a bit but left the ends flat, so a stylist would tightly curl the tips. Gradually, tight curls replaced waving and rolling the hair into long tubes, giving a similar look without the possible burns from a hot iron. Rolling and curling brought up hair off the neck and into a lovely styled coiffure. Again, it was an optical illusion. Only husbands and children knew if a wife/mother had long or short hair!
It is difficult to find examples of these because long hair was so well hidden. Here are a few options I could find:
1930s Pageboy Hairstyle
One trendy medium length hairstyle was the Pageboy. Greta Garbo favored the style for her mostly straight hair. The pageboy featured a side part, smooth flat top, and was straight or waved all around, with ends either curled under at shoulder length for a polished look or frizzy curled for a carefree ease. Usually, hair along the face was cut a little shorter at the chin and below to create some soft framing.
1930s Long Bob
Similar to the pageboy, the long bob was popular in the mid to late 1930s. Women’s hair was parted from the side or in the center with a smooth flat top and tons of big fluffy curls from the eyes on down to the shoulders. This was an easy style for long haired ladies. Simply pin curling long hair and then combing out the curls into fluff brought length up above the shoulders and gave it a “short” hair look. In the front, ladies could have short bangs or layered curls up the sides. A waved bang over one eye created the iconic ’30s peek-a-boo look.
1930s Long Curls
The longest of ’30s long hairstyles was little more than an extra long curly bob. It was the signature look of Hollywood starlet Ginger Rogers. She had lovely, long, thick hair that curled into volumes of curly goodness from her ears down. The top was always styled smooth and flat with a deep side part or waved back into a partial up/down style.
Marlene Dietrich also had a long hairstyle with bouncy curls, although her hair was naturally straight and thin. Other stars followed the trend and it became the signature look of the early ’40s. Thanks to the long hairstyle of the ’30s, the 1940s saw more women growing out their locks and curling their hair into a voluminous delight.
- Ginger Rogers iconic long curly hair
- Marlene Dietrich waved with long curls
- Deanna Durbin, 1940, soft big curls
Tips for Long ’30s Hairstyles
I have been to a few ’30s events where I had to do something to my long hair without a lot of time. Most ’30s hairstyles need to be wet set in curls the night before or prepped an hour or two with hot curlers prior to dressing. The pageboy is the easiest medium-long style to create with straight/wavy hair quickly. Simply give yourself a side part, curl the ends under, fluff them a bit and voila!
My layered long hair has a natural curl but it is not quite right for the tight curls of the ’30s
For natural curls (or straight hair set in small hot rollers), start again with a deep side part or a smoothed back top and let the curls fall from the eyes or earlobes down. This is easy, but rarely turns out well for my hair, which is usually layered 🙁
A windy day took most of the tight curl out of my hair but you get the idea.
Creating a faux bob is one of my favorite ’20s-’30s styles. I take the bottom half of my long hair and create pin curls with them and pin them flat at my neck nape. I then use the upper half of my hair to marcel wave or curl with a 1/2 inch iron and place them over the pin curls. Instant short hair! (Sorry, no pictures…yet.)
Here I rolled (twisted) my hair back and did a fold over wave for the front
For the updo/evening style faux short hair look I created above, I simply took my hair and divided it into 6 or 7 equal sections. Each section I then twisted and twisted and twisted until it was very tight (twisting is an easier way to create a rolled look). Next, I folded the twisted hair in half, which made the twist twist onto itself. I then pinned the ends up under my folded front wave. Once all the hair sections were twisted and pinned, I had a big mess of hairpins sticking every which way. Rather than figuring out how to make them look neater, I took a feather clip and covered up the mess. Presto! I had beautiful 1930s hair ready for the silver screen.
Finally, my all-time favorite ’30s long hair technique: wear a hat. Seriously, I’d rather focus on my clothes than my hair, so I collect big ’30s hats like deep sided cloches, slouch hats, berets, and sun hats to cover up most of my hair. The rest is gathered back into a chignon and the front bangs are marcel waved or curled.
A deep 30s hat hides a lot of hair!
A large picture hat with tight curls on the sides
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Vintage Curls for Long Hair
Easily achieve instant glamour with vintage curls for long hair. Here’s the best tutorials for natural hair and wigs.
Many women spend weeks and months growing out their hair just to pull it back and pin it up. Vintage curls for long hair make the most of that length.
Think 1940s hairstyles for long hair like the screen siren Veronica Lake. Forties hair has also been seen on the red carpet and, of course, daydream queen, Lana Del Rey.
This is the ideal hairstyle for an evening out and goes with every outfit. Pair with cat eyeliner and red lipstick to complete the retro beauty look.
Forties hairstyles don’t take as long as you’d think either because of the war era it was all about frugality. To achieve vintage curls for long hair you need curling tongs, pins, clips and a soft brush.
You can begin this vintage hair straight from the shower and get dressed whilst the pin curls do their job. Here’s two quick and easy ways to create glamorous vintage curls for long hair.
Pin Curls Long Hair
This first tutorial is from John Frieda UK which means they pile on the products and showcase their tools. You, however, can use your trusted go-to spray and tongs.
They begin from wet hair, using a volumiser and then blow-dry. To achieve the vintage curls they first use the tongs and then pin. Brush out, spray, style and voila!
Beauty vlogger, Peyton Charles, shows how easy it is to achieve flawless vintage curls on her lace frontal wig. The trick with this hairstyle for long hair is uniformity.
Create the curls by wrapping the hair around the tongs piece by piece but always in the same direction. Then again brush, style and voila!
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38 Easy Retro & Vintage Hairstyles to Try This Year
Vintage Shine on Bob Cut
Shine your way through the glam life with this remarkable vintage wavy bob for short hair. The textured yet smooth and shiny waves will surely make everyone fall in love with vintage haircuts like this.
Side Vintage Hairstyle with Tight Curls
Rock a side vintage hairstyle with tight curls for maximum hair fullness and bounce. Curling long hair tightly, then using a very wide-toothed comb to brush out, which allows the curls to fall onto one another adding width and volume to your hair making it look thicker and super glam.
Short Vintage Curly Bob
A short vintage curly bob is a simple way to add glamour to shorter hair. Curl your hair with a tong in the same direction all the way around the head, flip your hair into a side part for volume, and twist and pin the smaller side part to give a sleek mini up-do.
Vintage Rosettes Updo
Try a vintage rosettes updo to enable your long hair to be pinned up, with a boost of volume. The voluminous quiff gives height to your hair, while the vintage rosettes are individually rolled after being curled and pinned separately to give a secure and stable style to hair that normally feels too heavy to up-style.
Brigitte Bardot’s Vintage Curtain Bangs
Try Brigitte Bardot’s vintage curtain bangs to make any up-style look effortlessly chic. Curtain bangs can be adapted in length to be suitable for any face shape. The bangs, which sit sweeping away from the center forehead, take a simple updo to another level without any effort.
Side-Parted Vintage Style for Long Hair
Wear a side-parted vintage style for long hair which instantly intensifies volume. The waves are curled in the same direction which is then combed through to massively amplify volume and width to your hair, adding a side parting that lifts the roots even more for a glamorous vintage style.
Short Vintage Curly Bob
A short vintage curly bob is a stunning style on most, but those with a slimmer or longer face would benefit from the widening effect this bob adds. The beautiful curated curls sit close to the face then fill out from the jaw area, giving width to faces that need strength in this area.
Pin Up Princess Style
This splendid pin-up work absolutely gives justice to the vintage ’40s fashion. You’ll need lots of hairspray and pins to achieve this pinup hairstyle and its staircase to perfection. This retro wave updo is perfect for ladies with medium to long tresses.
Vintage Elegance in Side Swept Style
This is a perfectly tamed side swept vintage hairstyle with a charming twist that takes lots of skills to achieve. Those perfectly created waves and twists frame and brighten the face beautifully.
Shoulder Length Hairstyle with Soft Curls
These cute little vintage rosy curls are a definite stand-out for any event you’ll go to! You’ll be sure to inspire everyone with this super lovable retro hairstyle with vintage pin curls!
Vintage Inspired Faux Bob
This vintage-inspired faux bob is a page boy. It was created by vintage hairstylist Asia Zamora of Las Vegas, NV. “I love the waves that frame the face and smooth details. This look is popularized in today’s vintage culture by the lovely Dita Von Teese,” explains Zamora.
For styling, Zamora used a 1-inch curling iron, long Duck Bill clips, a Denman brush, and Suavecita Pomade.
“The style is very suitable for any face shape,” she adds. “The best haircut to have for this type of look is a Middy haircut. There are different versions of the Middy at different lengths. It just depends on what length you feel comfortable with.”
Full on Glam for Long Hair
This hairstyle is full-on GLAM! It was created by bridal hairstylist Theresa Foti of New Jersey. “It has that old Hollywood/vintage vibe, but still looks modern and polished,” she states.
Foti’s favorite thing about this vintage downdo is everything! “The volume, the shine, the softness, and of course the drama. This has been my most requested hairstyle to date.”
Women that want this hairstyle should consider purchasing some clip-in hair extensions because length and density are key to making this look work.
“Styling begins with layering the right products to ensure your waves will last but the way the hair is set is the single most important step in achieving this look,” explains Foti. “Without a proper set, the hair will not fall into place and could wind up looking curled rather than waved. I always start off with a strong hold mousse, then layer flexible and stronghold hairsprays. When setting the hair, I start in the back and work my way forward, wrapping the hair around the iron in the same direction.”
1940s Vintage Beauty with a Modern Twist
“I would describe this retro hair as 1940s vintage style with a modern twist,” says stylist Amanda Kopitz of Southgate, MI.
“My favorite aspect of styling vintage looks such as this is the process,” says Kopitz. “Roller sets, wet sets, pin curls, smoothing brushes, and backcombing are no longer used daily, but I think they are the most fun.”
Kopitz says to keep in mind that this vintage roll updo takes a bit of time, curl setting, hairspray, and lots of backcombing.
“Don’t be afraid of big hair,” she adds. “That’s what this look is all about, those big and voluminous victory rolls! Anyone with shoulder-length hair or longer can rock this fun retro style.”
Old Hollywood Glam
This vintage hair old Hollywood glam was created by hairstylist Elisa Ramirez of Houston, TX.
“For the ones that struggle with an iron, try doing a good old-fashioned roller set,” says Ramirez. “I recommend prepping the hair with mousse and or a light gel prior to rolling. Once the hair is dried, brush it out with a boar bristle paddle brush. Hot rollers would also work to achieve this on already dry hair.”
For the ones that swear by the iron, Ramirez says you could easily do this with either a wand or a traditional iron. “The key is to make sure you are curling all the hair in the same direction or mimicking a roller set, so when it’s time to brush out you get that finger waved look. Also, make sure the barrel size is appropriate for your hair length,” she adds.
Ramirez wants you to pay attention to where your part is. “For these hairstyles, you want to make sure make the part is pretty deep so you get that signature big vintage bang. If styling on already dry hair, you will need a texturizing spray, hairspray, a teasing comb, and a boar bristle paddle brush.”
She goes on to explain, “once the waves are put in, generously spray it with hairspray and more texture spray, then grab your paddle brush and brush out the curls until they resemble smooth, loose waves. The next step will be teasing. Take a horseshoe section starting from temple to temple and tease away, making sure the top layer remains smooth. Don’t forget to tease the bang area, too!”
Elegantly Vintage for Formal Events
This look is elegant and vintage with a modern holiday twist when accented with silver antlers. It was handcrafted by stylist and salon owner Tiffany Massey of Georgia.
“I used Sexy Hair Play Dirty Spray Wax prior to heat styling, Healthy Sexy Soy Paste to control ends, and Big Sexy Hairspray and Play Hairspray to finish,” says Massey.
The cool thing about this style is that it complements women with medium to long hair that are looking for a timeless look for any type of formal event.
Classic Structured Vintage Wave
This is a classically structured vintage wave on short to medium hair with blonde balayage that creates texture and hold in the hair. It was created by independent hairstylist Anastasia Xenos of Sydney, NSW.
To create this simple look, Xenos recommends you wash your hair the night before with two shampoos and no conditioner so it has a bit of grit. “I also recommend they dry it without any products,” she adds.
Retro hairstyles are great for any function from a birthday to a wedding and everything in between. They look stunning on every hair type and length. Even with thin hair textures, extensions are easily applied to create volume and length if wanted or needed.
Modern Victory Roll Style on Medium Hair
This half up modern take on a classic victory roll was created and styled by cosmetology student Tori Morton of Frederick, MD. “As far as texture goes, I opted for soft Hollywood waves. This is an eye-catching, unique style with vintage vibes for a medium hair length,” she explains.
Morton used a 1-inch Marcel curling iron and a teasing comb to create this half up vintage hair. Then finished with a generous blast of Redken 28 Control Addict Hairspray.
“I recommend this style to anyone who wishes for a unique retro look inspired by 50s hairstyles,” says Morton. “While many vintage styles are easiest to produce on thick and textured hair, I’m a firm believer in encouraging women to rock whatever style she chooses, regardless of face shape, hair type, lifestyle, and so on!”
Retro Betty Grable Hair with a Pin Curl Poodle Style
“I would describe this vintage hairstyle as 1940s Betty Grable hair,” says hairstylist Leslie Pacheco of Tustin, CA.
Pacheco recommends Lottabody setting lotion for setting your curls, diluting it with water in a spray bottle. “You’ll also need bobby pins and 3/4-inch curlers or curling iron. I like using dry shampoo to create some texture. I spray it in the root area after I undo the pincurls. R+Co Death Valley dry shampoo is my favorite,” she adds.
“Suavecita pomade is great to smooth any flyaways when you’re brushing the hair up on the sides and back,” explains Pacheco. “After I have finished pinning the hair and curls in a place where I want them, I use Kenra Volume Hairspray.”
Hair that is shoulder-length or maybe even an inch or two past the shoulders is ideal for this style. Naturally curly or straight hair works, and it’s easy to do this style on medium to finer hair.
Fingerwave Bun Updo
A finderwave bun updo is one of the classic vintage updos that will never actually go out of style. It always finds a way to change with the times!
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How To Style a fingerwave updo:
- Starting with dry hair, section off a front top section and secure it with a clip. This is for your waves!
- Gather the rest of your hair and bring to the center back of the head. Smooth hair using a comb or brush and secure it into a ponytail with an elastic band.
- Wrap your ponytail around the base of the elastic band, creating a bun. Secure with bobby pins.
- Smooth out your front section. Using a deep waving iron, start towards the top of section and continue down through the length of hair. Arrange waves and secure them using hair pins and firm hold hairspray.
- Finish with your favorite hairspray.
The best hairspray for finger wave hair is Pravana’s Super Shape Hairspray. It’s a buildable hold spray, meaning the more you spray, the harder the hold! You don’t have to worry about buildup, however, because it’s water-soluble and washes right out.
Any face shape that is comfortable with their hair up can sport this classic style, while hair that is long enough to put up in a bun is a must to recreate.
Sleek Hippie Chick
Now is the time to resurrect a classic hippy look from the 70s and give it a fresh twist.
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How To Style a hippy hairstyle:
- Starting with damp hair, apply a smoothing cream.
- Blow dry hair in sections using a flat brush. Make sure to keep air flow facing the floor to help prevent flyaways.
- Turn your flat iron to the lowest heat setting for your hair type. Working in small sections, glide the iron through your hair for a sleek look.
- Create a small to medium section of hair off of your part.
- Braid this section. The model is wearing a variation of the basic three-strand braid, but any type of braid will do.
- Add a cute headband and you’re ready to go!
A smoothing cream will help keep your style in place all day. Try Pravana ‘s Model Behavior. It’s light enough for finer strands of hair but can control even the thickest, unruliest hair as well.
Any face shape can wear this look, though some will feel better with a slightly off center part instead of a direct center part. Hair that is naturally straight (or straightens well) and is medium to fine in texture works best for this style.
Curly Victory Rolls Revisited
Your confidence will soar sporting these iconic, curly victory rolls of the 40s!
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How To Style victory rolls:
- Starting with dry hair, use a 1-inch curling iron or wand to create curls throughout your head. The size of the sections will determine how strong the curls are. Smaller sections will create more volume, while larger sections will move you more towards a wave pattern.
- Part hair in center or slightly off center. Create sections from the front of the ear toward the crown.
- Brush hair straight up and smooth. Pinch at ends and begin rolling hair up towards scalp. This may take a few tries, so don’t get frustrated! Once it looks fabulous, use bobby pins to secure in place. Make an “X” pattern with your pins to lock them in.
- Finish off with your favorite hairspray and you’re ready to go!
To hold your curls and victory rolls in, PRAVANA’s Super Shape hairspray is a must. It gives more hold the more you apply. Diamond, heart, and round faces wear this look best. Hair that is medium to thick will make recreating this style easier, too.
1980’s Big Hair
The 80s brought us lots of things — and big hair is one of them! Bring back that retro big curly hair in a softer, more feminine version.
How To Style 1980s big hair:
- Before blow drying hair, apply a volumizing mousse. Comb through to ensure each strand is covered.
- Begin blow drying hair, holding your head upside down. This will help to give that great volume that you’ll need for this look.
- Once hair is completely dry, use hot rollers to set. Starting in the nape of your neck, take medium to small sections and roll hair. Make sure to alternate the direction that you wrap.
- If you run out of rollers, that’s ok! Simply pin the extra hair up while your rollers cool. Heat them back up and finish off your style. Rollers need to cool completely before you remove them to get the strongest bouncy curls.
- Once all youth hair is curled, flip your head back over and give them a good shake. No need to use any brushes, just your hands.
- Mist hair with hairspray and rock your big curls!
Pravana’s Full Volume volumizing foam not only aids in giving you big hair, but it is full of great ingredients that won’t dry your hair out or damage your color. Any face shape can wear these big curls, while hair that is medium to thick gives the best base for this style.
Rosie the Riveter with Bandana Revamped
Just about every girl loves the Rosie the Riveter hairstyle. It’s tough, yet feminine at the same time.
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How To Style Rosie the Riveter hair:
- This is a great style for second-day hair! You will need a bandana, a ponytail holder, and some red lipstick.
- Smooth hair straight back into a ponytail and secure with a hair tie.
- Pull hair slightly right in the front to give a slight lift at the top.
- Tie a folded bandana (from underneath) onto the top of your head.
- Add a red lip and you’ve got this classic look!
For second-day hair that may be feeling a little too lived in, try a dry shampoo. Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair is great for giving a softer feel. Any face shape can wear this cute ponytail recreation, while hair that is long enough to fit up in a ponytail is a must for this look.
Go Greased Lightening
Lots of curls and a leather jacket take you right back to the ending scene of the classic Grease.
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How To Style Grease-inspired hair:
- Before blow drying hair, apply a volumizing mousse. Blow dry hair using a small round brush.
- Using a 1\2-inch curling iron, start curling hair from the nape of your neck. Clip any hair not being curled up with a clip. Roll some curls towards your face, and some away from your face.
- When you reach the front sections, make sure to curl away from your face. When curling the bang or fringe area, hold hair out from your head and roll the iron down onto the base of the section.
- Let all of the curls cool completely before you use a wide tooth comb to pick through them. Don’t over-comb them though!
- Lift the front section and spray with hairspray, holding it in place while it dries.
Just like the 70s, a fabulous hairspray is a must for such retro curls. Give hair a good spray to hold it all night. The best part is that it’s water soluble so it washes right out!
Round, heart or square face shapes look fabulous in this rockin’ style with side-parted curls.
Pomp with a Twist
This James Dean-inspired pompadour haircut gets a modern edge with texture and pastel lavender.
Style by Herz Hair Design
How To Style:
- The first step in this look is the haircut. Ask your stylist for lots of texture through the top with a short crop on the sides.
- When styling, apply a volumizing mousse throughout the top while hair is damp.
- Use your fingers to lift hair while blowing drying. Be sure to direct the front section slightly back.
- Once hair is dry, use a texturizer to give separation and extra hold.
- If needed, add a little spray of your favorite hairspray.
There are many different types of texturing products out there. For this type of style, try Pravana’s Lived In Powder Potion. It’s a powder that transforms into a liquid, so it’s super easy to apply and gives amazing texture and volume!
Mod is Back
Long, straight hair paired with mod textured bangs brings this Austin Powers-inspired style back into play.
How To Style a mod look:
- Starting with damp hair, apply a straightening cream and comb through to ensure it is evenly distributed.
- Blow dry hair using a flat brush. Make sure to keep your blow dryer air flow facing the floor to help prevent flyaways.
- Once your hair is completely dry, turn your flat iron to the lowest heat setting for your hair type.
- Bring the flat iron through your hair in small sections. Give a slight bend toward the ends and fringe.
- Now rock this shagadelic look, baby!
Picking a smoothing cream that won’t weigh your hair down or give you a greasy look is so important! Try Pravana’s Model Behavior. It smells amazing and most importantly, it smooths your hair out, giving it shine and control.
Oval and diamond face shapes look smashing in this mod look with vintage bangs. Hair that is naturally straight and of medium density makes styling easy.
THE GIBSON GIRL
This vintage updo was popular in the 1890s. A frothy texture creates an angelic look for today’s woman.
How to Style Gibson girl hair:
- Spray on a texturizing product like Aquage Uplifting Foam and blow dry.
- Beginning at the bottom and working your way to the top, tease one inch sections of hair from root to end, and then flat iron.
- Be sure to spray each section with a heat protecting spray like RUSK Thermal Iron Spray.
- Brush hair out using a soft bristle brush.
- Sweep hair to the top of the head and loosely gather it and pin it in place.
The Salon Tech Flat Iron is great to use with durable titanium plates. For best results, choose lower temperatures for finer, color-treated hair and higher temps for coarse, resistant hair.
The Vintage Pixie
This short crop has made a comeback on Hollywood gamines and daring trendsetters.
How to Style a vintage pixie:
- Begin with a great cut from your salon professional. This cut is best when cut with either texturizing scissors or a razor to create a soft feminine feel.
- Apply a small amount of a thickening cream to damp hair and distribute well.
- Comb hair into place and allow to dry naturally.
- Use your fingers to loosen the shape.
A small amount of texturizing wax like GK HAIR Shaping Wax can be used to play up separation on the ends. This style works best on oval face shapes with medium to fine density.
Vintage Hollywood Waves
The “Veronica Lake” style is reborn as the most requested red carpet look for modern day starlets.
How to Style Hollywood waves:
- Build up body in the hair by blow drying a mousse into the hair.
- Curl one-inch sections around a one-inch ceramic curling iron and clip each curl.
- Allow hair to cool before removing the clips.
- Brush hair smoothly with a soft bristle brush.
Looking for a great soft bristle brush? Try Angelo David’s smoothing brush.
Vintage Blonde Bombshell
Go for a vintage blonde bombshell vibe! With this look, how can you not be a head-turner? This long hairstyle radiates a ’60s romantic feel. What makes it so retro is its beehive style at the crown, and the key to its bulky shape is back-combing the tresses. If you have platinum blonde hair and don’t think it’s vivid enough, try darkening the roots.
Smooth and Classic Chignon
Wear a smooth and classic chignon to achieve a sleek, neat hairstyle. Get inspiration from this updo made by a bridal hair artist from New York, Marcella Palumbo. “It’s customizable to suit any face shape, hair type, and personality,” she notes.
“To mimic the style, you’ll need an oil or wax spray along with a medium hold hairspray,” Palumbo advises. “Once your hair is secured into a ponytail, tease it to get a full-shaped chignon bun. If you wanted to have this exact style, but bigger, you can achieve that with the help of hair extensions or hair padding.”
The Blunt Bob with Bangs
Featuring the blunt bob with bangs. 1920s flappers like Louise Brooks bobbed off their long locks in favor of this style that is equally trendy today.
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How to Style a blunt bob:
- Apply a few drops of smoothing serum to your hands and distribute through lengths and ends.
- Beginning at the bottom and working your way to the top, blow dry hair in small sections.
- Pass over lightly where needed with a flat iron to eliminate frizz.
- Mist hair with light shine spray like Aquage Beyond Shine.
Looking for the perfect flat iron? The Salon Tech 1-inch Titanium 450 Styling Iron provides optimum smoothing results. The heavy fringe in this style gives great balance to long faces.
Elizabeth Taylor’s Vintage Soft Curls
Longer hair takes on a new look when pinned to create a faux bob.
How to Style soft curls:
- Distribute an egg-sized amount of a volumizing foam like Aveda Phomollient through hair and blow dry.
- Curl hair on a 1 1/4-inch ceramic iron. Secure the curls with clips and allow the hair to cool.
- Brush hair with a smoothing brush.
- Twist and pin ends up to create the desired length.
A faux bob length can be securely pinned with bobby pins from Sally’s. This style is so versatile! It works with every face shape and hair density and it a great style to make fine hair look fuller.
Vintage Marilyn Monroe
Using a pastel color like lavender gives this classic Marilyn Monroe style a modern twist.
How to Style Marilyn Monroe hair with color:
- Professionally pre-lighten your hair color to pale yellow. Shampoo, condition and dry.
- Apply a fun color of choice and process. Shampoo, condition and dry.
- Curl small sections on a 1-inch ceramic curling iron. Clip each curl and allow to cool.
- Lightly back brush hair, smoothing the top into a roll.
This style is so versatile! It works with every face shape and hair density. This shape is especially flattering for a face with a small forehead.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Vintage Hairstyles
Who wouldn’t love this modern twist on a timeless upstyle?
How to Style an upstyle:
- For the easiest styling, curl hair with electric rollers.
- Part hair from ear to ear to separate the front and the back.
- Create a deep side part in the front and sweep hair low across the forehead.
- Twist remaining hair up high, allowing curls to tousle.
- Pin to secure.
Calista Tools create body, which makes the perfect foundation for any updo. This style is great for thicker hair and the low sweeping fringe gives balance to long faces.
Easier (and much less expensive) than a facelift, this upswept vintage hairdo will take ten years off.
How to Style a quiff for women:
- Starting with dry hair, use a tapered curling wand and wrap one-inch sections around the wand.
- Lightly tease hair on top to create height.
- Smooth back the top and side sections and pin to secure.
- Back comb ends for extra texture.
Oribe Dry Spray will give incredible volume and sexy texture to this pompadour hairstyle. This style is so versatile! It works with every face shape and hair density and is super easy for those with naturally wavy hair.
Classic 1960’s Asymmetric Bob
This is a fresh version of a cut made popular in the 1960s.
How to Style an asymmetrical bob:
- Go to your professional stylist for a precision asymmetric haircut.
- Apply a small amount of a smoothing serum like Moroccan Oil Treatment.
- For extra shine, blow dry hair in a downward motion to smooth the cuticle.
- Pass over ends with a flat iron to slightly turn the ends under.
The Keratin Complex Stealth Stretch Flat Iron offers professional-grade styling for all hair types.
Vintage Milkmaid Braid Hairstyle
This style is fast and oh so feminine.
How to Style a milkmaid braid hairstyle:
- Starting with clean, damp hair, part hair down the middle from front to back.
- Beginning low and tight in the nape on one side, plait a classic three-strand braid and secure with a small elastic.
- Repeat on the opposite side.
- Drape the braids across the head, pin on the opposite sides and accessorize with flowers.
For extra control, lightly mist hair with a great leave-in conditioner like Redken Extreme Anti-Snap. This style works best on longer hair with no layers and looks good on all face shapes.
Yves Saint Laurent says, “Style fades but fashion is eternal.” Each of these vintage-inspired looks are time tested and ultra feminine. As you wear these vintage hair styles, you can feel as beautiful and confident as the celebrity that made each look so iconic.
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30 Iconic Retro and Vintage Hairstyles
There have always been icons of style whose signature images are presently considered timeless: Marilyn Monroe, Veronica Lake, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and many others. Today their hairstyles are copied with slight modern updates for the biggest events. Vintage hairdos are paired with the most elegant evening gowns and expressive make ups to come up with the classiest and most feminine looks. Since fashion is cyclic, everything comes around. So why not to look into the past for inspiration? They say everything the best in this world was invented long ago. Well, anyway, past can always give us some brilliant concepts to work on.
Vintage or Retro?
There’s a constant confusion with these 2 concepts. At the same time, some people don’t understand at all why to wear outdated styles when fashion constantly supplies us with bright fresh ideas. Actually, today’s fashion is actively using trends of the past decades, therefore, vintage elements frequently appear on the runways of fashion shows in Paris, London, New York and Milan. And the most interesting thing is that these elements, borrowed from the past, are experiencing their hour of triumph once again, becoming hot tendencies of the present day.
So, what’s the difference between vintage and retro? All the antique and outdated items and styles are considered retro, while vintage is associated with the outstanding trends of the past years which are becoming popular again. Pompadour hairstyle, for instance, introduced into fashion in the 18th century by Madame de Pompadour, was very popular again in the 40’s and late 50s of the previous century. Modern Pompadour is sported by Rihanna, Jenny McCarthy, Pink, Kathleen Robertson, Scarlett Johansson, Kim Kardashian and many other celebs.
Vintage Hairstyles Screaming with Chic
Here are 30 fantastic vintage updos and downdos you can adopt as a hairstyle idea for your wedding, theme party or any other major event.
#1: Multiple Blonde Buns
Go blonde and have some fun with big, chunky buns placed all over. Roll hair into a side bundle in the front for vintage bangs, or dress up your vintage updo with bandanas or scarves for a day out. This style might take a few practice tries – especially if your hair is exceptionally long and thick.
#2: Curly and Romantic
Long, lovely curls are always in style. To get a throw back look, part hair with a sweep, securing a half with bobby pins. Dark or light, spiraled or rolled, curly hair is very lovely for any occasion and truly never goes out of style.
#3: Shoulder Length Retro
This 1940s inspired look is made beautiful thanks to the solid dark colored hair combined with bright red lipstick. True to the era, vintage hairdos were often paired with dark makeup and fair skin.
#4: Curly Girl
Get some Marilyn curls by coloring your locks a platinum blonde and sweeping hair to the side. Sleep in pin curls or cut hair to an angle and use traditional rollers to get this classic look. Vintage hairstyles get their inspiration from different places, but Marilyn’s hair is truly the epitome of yesterday’s glam.
#5: Pin Curled Beauty
Vintage hairstyles would never be very accurate without the addition of pin curls. This style is much easier than it looks, and it can be beautifully accented with a flower or a fancy clip.
#6: Soft Updo with a Floral Hair Piece
Want something that looks as good from the back as it does from the front? This pretty updo is just the thing. It tucks the hair away from the face around the perimeter, offering you a nice height above the forehead, a pretty back view and a neat look even if you opt for a messy finish. The floral clip adds a beautiful whimsical touch.
#7: Beehive with a Hairband
Vintage hairstyles are usually all about volume or sleekness, clips or headbands. Her look takes inspiration from the 60s, but it has a modern vibe because of the relaxed feel, the contrast of sleek and messy pieces, and those loose strands escaping the updo.
#8: Pink Curly Updo with Leaf Headband
The muted purple pink dye job may not be a classic retro look, but it sure does suit this curly updo. The way her locks have been pinned loosely is reminiscent of 1920’s flapper hairstyles. The pretty silver band contributes to the feel.
#9: Straight Vintage Locks with a Bow
You don’t need to get into complicated updos to achieve a proper throwback finish. Experiment with wearing your hair down. Add some old school feel by teasing your crown and securing a cute scarf tied in a bow around your head. And don’t forget your red lipstick.
#10: Low Blonde Bun with Jeweled Pins
Out of all the gorgeous vintage hair styles out there, many of us have soft spots in our hearts for 20s hairstyles. Her locks demonstrate why. The sleek finish of the golden pieces twisted and braided into a low bun is irresistible! The jeweled clips are a delicate compliment to the updo and some added bling.
#11: Retro Wave Updo with Pearl Hairclip
Just stop for a moment and admire that graceful wave. There is a softness about it, yet there is also a very accurate shape. The key to recreating the look is choosing a hairspray that provides enough hold, but doesn’t make the hair look stiff.
#12: Pin Curl Updo
There are countless ways to rock curls. If yours have a tendency to drop when you wear your hair down, experiment with an updo where you pin your curls, shaping pretty waves and lovely rosettes. Vintage pin curls are very in, especially for weddings and special events.
#13: Medium Copper Curls with an Orchid
If you’re drawing inspiration from 50s hairstyles, make sure you play around with accessories. This jumbo orchid sets off the gorgeous copper locks miraculously. Not to mention it works beautifully with the girl’s complexion, eye color, make up, and blouse!
#14: Defined Throwback Waves
This is a single dynamic wave that holds your hairdo together. The majority of modern hairstyles are shattered, so, this is something fresh though old actually. Use a strong-hold hairspray to ensure your style will last.
#15: Pink Beehive Updo with a Band
A beehive is a throwback style that still remains popular. It is easy to do if you know how to backcomb and pin, and it’s also a blank canvas for hair accessories. If you have funky colored locks, like these bubble gum pink curls, try using an equally eye-catching headband. Her baby blue band pops against her pastel mane.
#16: Brunette Retro Curly Bob
Vintage haircuts are usually short and blunt or with minimal layering. However, a modern medium or even long cut can also be styled into a classy vintage short ‘do like this bob for curly hair. It’s actually curled this way, so you can try it even if your hair is not naturally curly.
#17: Vintage Pinup Hairstyle with Bandana
How you style your bangs can make all of the difference. When in doubt, try a Victory roll. It is a hairstyle that you can never go wrong with when you want a vintage finish. She has complimented hers with loose waves that curl on the ends and a black bow.
#18: Enlarged Chignon with a Swirl
Check out the size of that chignon. It’s wonderfully full. A great idea of a sleek formal updo for long thick hair or extensions. Those little extra details like the swirl at the base of the chignon and the pinned side bangs bring individuality to the classic updo.
#19: Long Defined Side-Parted Curls
Some might think of vintage hairdos as hairstyles for cropped locks only, but there are many 50s hairstyles for long hair. This wavy ‘do is proof of that. The deep side part and defined waves evoke a glamorous nostalgic mood.
#20: Black Retro Curls in a Loose Updo
There is a lovely color subtlety about this ‘do. It gently melts from back to brown and blue. The way the different sections have been pinned enhances the effect. If you want something between a glamorous updo and downdo with a retro feel, it’s the best choice, indeed!
#21: Victory Roll Updo with Jeweled Clip
Whether you have long bangs or long layers, take large sections from the front of your head and twist them into symmetrical victory rolls. Balance out the back by pinning your hair up into a horizontal chignon. Select a sparkly clip for an eye-catching accent.
#22: Vintage Tight Curls Updo
Fans of 50s hairstyles will not be able to resist this ‘do. It has put a unique spin on retro bangs thanks to the face-framing pin curls going down the side of the head into a low side bun.
#23: Retro Half Updo with Victory Rolls
A half up hairstyle can be half vintage, half modern, half fancy and half simple, like this one. Three victory rolls instead of one or two is a cute idea, as well as accentuating them with color and styling at an angle. We love!
#24: Bright Red Curls and Floral Clip
There are so many stunning elements here that it is hard to pick a favorite. The hot pink hair color is fabulous, and so is the peach flower placed just above the ear. Then you have the rolled bangs and the fluffy curls – sweet and fancy!
#25: Pink to Purple Ombre with Retro Curls
If you have a modern ombre hair color, you can add in retro elements to get a contemporary vintage hairstyle and not just a copy of a retro look. Her 40s updo with vintage bangs recall decades passed. The mix of pink and purple results in the right blend to bring old and new together.
#26: Natural Curls
Retro hairstyles are always popular for both theme parties and every day wear. If you have medium hair, try some shapely curls that can be achieved with a simple round of hot rollers.
#27: Sweet and Colorful
Combine retro hair with a pop of color. In this case, yellow was added to the bottoms of the hair – a spray-in hair color is perfect for a temporary style like this. You can, of course, have your hair dyed in an ombre style or all over in a bright color for a totally beautiful look you’ll love.
#28: Bright Shades
Pair a throw back hairstyle with a modern color like a bright burgundy or marsala. You can achieve this with henna, a permanent box dye or a professional salon visit. If you like to wear your hair with bangs, other retro style possibilities will open up.
#29: Feathered and Fabulous
Pin hair under into a faux bob to pull off this look that is finished off with a vintage feather headband. This style will, of course, also work for short hair and will take a lot less effort. You can make your own vintage hair bands if you look for how-to tutorials on the Internet, and sometimes you can even purchase them at thrift stores or costume shops.
#30: Formal Vintage
Brides of yesteryear often adorned their hairstyles with diamond hairpieces and slicked curls back. Such styles are set with pomade for smooth, buttery texture.
Vintage hairstyles are recognizable from the curve of the curl, polished finishes, intricate twists and soft fluent lines. I’m sure you’ll love rocking one of these once in a while, and I bet you’ll remember that special feel, associated with vintage, you are going to experience.
1940s Hairstyles-How to Style Vintage Long Hair?
1940s Hairstyles-Victory Rolls
The victory rolls hairstyle was one of those classic dos almost every 1940s woman wanted. It was a practical style that could be worn casually or to a special event. It was done by curling and rolling upward the bottom of the hair using headbands and hair rollers. The style also kept the women’s hair from reaching their shoulders and faces. Although other kinds of rolls were also in existence, the victory rolls were unique as they left the hair in a particular shape which was always beautiful.
The pageboy style was another suitable medium for the long hairstyle of the 1940s fashion. It was like the opposite of the victory rolls and was created with a smooth and curled roll that wrapped around the hair. Side parted pageboy hairstyle usually appeared to be the most alluring. Movie stars wearing the pageboy look made it trend even more.
1940s Hairstyles-Pin Curls
Pin curls could be referred to as the mother hairstyle of the decade. From the pin curls, many other trendy hairstyles were formed. It gave the women a fashionably classic look. The attractive looking hairstyle was created by dividing the hair into different sections, curling every section through a twist and pinning them to the head. It was usually situated at the top or sides of the head, depending on what the wearer preferred. To allow it set in well, the women used a scarf or band around the head. It was one of the very simple and favorite styles for ladies who had long hair.
1940s Hairstyles-Omelet Fold
Long hairs got a chance to look very cute with the 1940s popular omelet fold hairstyle. It was very comfortable to wear especially for office sake as it didn’t fall over the face or shoulders. The hair just had to be parted at the center and each part rolled up into a fold. Pins held the folds in place and accessories made them even more gorgeous.
1940s Hairstyles-Barrel Curl Pony Tail
Another very fashionable hairstyle of the decade was the barrel curl ponytail. A fabulous mixture of pin curls and ponytail was what only a long hair could produce. The style was gotten by dividing the hair into two sections and twisting the top half of the hair into barrels alongside pin curls. The bottom of the hair was then curled into ringlets and whatever remains hanging is made into a ponytail.
The modest and amazing 1940s hairstyles are still very much in trend to date. They are great options for work, special events, and even weddings. Of course, colors make them more stunning.
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