How to do Retro Hairstyles: Vintage Hairstyling

vintage hairstylesWhether you are into a classic elegant style, or an edgy pinup look, vintage hairstyles are very hot right now. These timeless classics are easy to do, and work for many different occasions from a day at the office to a night out.

The Scarf-Tied Updo

The great thing about a scarf updo is that it can be done in many different ways, and will work with almost any length of hair. The only things needed are bobby pins and a scarf, but you may also want small hair ties and a curling iron. Here are two ways to create this look effortlessly.

Grab all of your hair and twist into a low, messy bun at the back of your head and pin it in place. Let your bangs/front pieces fall out naturally to frame your face. Pin up any stray pieces in the back as you’d like, but remember that the overall effect is supposed to be a bit messy. Grab your scarf and wrap it around your head once or twice (depending on length), then tuck one end under the other and use 1-2 pins to secure.

Loosely curl your hair in 1 or 2 inch sections. Then put your hair into a loose pony tail, and then pin section of that ponytail into a messy updo toward the top of your head. The number of pins and sections you will need to work with depends on the length of your hair, and you can have fun deciding where to place the sections for your signature look. Place the wrap flat on the top of your head (just behind your bangs) with the ends pointed down. Wrap it once or twice, then tie it under the updo.

Old Hollywood Waves

Soft “Hollywood” waves are perfect for a night out or any time you want to feel a little more lavish, and they are remarkably easy to do for medium to long hair! For this look, start with dry hair and create a deep side part. Pin up half of the “heavy” side of the part, and then curl all of your hair in 1-inch sections with a 1-inch curling iron or rod. Make each curl in the same direction, and make them very tight. Then, release the hair you pined and curl it the same way.

Let the hair cool for about a minute, then spray with hairspray. Let it cool completely and then use a soft bristle brush or fine-tooth comb to brush out all of the curls. You may start to see them break up strangely, but just keep brushing until you get the level of wave you want. Spritz re-curl any stray pieces for a polished look.

Victory Rolls

Today, victory rolls can be done with straight hair or slightly wavy hair, but the most traditional look is with full, voluminous curls. If this is the look you want, start by curling your hair in 1-inch sections, and finger-comb through them just to soften them a tiny bit. Use hairspray as needed to hold the curls.

Next, take a 1 — 2 inch section of hair from in front of your ear, and tease the back of it a bit with a comb. Now, roll the hair up and back until it reaches your scalp, and pin it in place (the pins should NOT be visible. Do the same on the other side.

Pair these vintage hairstyles with subtle winged eyeliner and retro-inspired outfits, and you’ve got Hollywood glam in minutes!

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Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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9 years ago

living the retro style, thanks for sharing.