Revisiting 5 of the Best Retro Hairstyles

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In fashion, trends come and go but when it comes to hairstyles, classic coifs are timeless. That’s why lots of retro hairstyles are making a comeback! The good news is, you can re-create any of these hot vintage hairstyles to add glamor to your usual look. In today’s post, we are listing down the most stylish retro hairstyles and how to recreate them:

1. Classic Hollywood Waves for Men

This vintage hairstyle is perfect for special events because it looks good when you or your man is wearing a suit or a tux! The classic Hollywood wave hairstyle, which was popular during the 50s, was a favorite by legendary actor Carey Grant.

To recreate this style, you’ll have to get your hair trimmed by a hair stylist. The cut should shorten the sides of the hair and graduate to a longer top. Once your hair is cut just right, apply a dollop of your favorite styling gel to damp hair. With a comb, start smoothing the hair in place. Gently loosen the waves or carve loose waves using your fingers or comb.

2. The Pixie

The pixie cut is an iconic hairstyle sported by Hollywood greats Mia Farrow and style icon, Audrey Hepburn. This cut is perfect for those with an oval face shape. The hairstyle made a comeback after Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry wore a daring pixie that emphasized her delicate bone structure. Since then, A-list celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, and Michelle Williams sported the pixie cut.

You can recreate this hairstyle by getting a very short haircut by a salon professional. To style your hair, apply a small amount of texturizing cream to damp hair. Comb hair in place and let the hair dry naturally. With your fingers, loosen the shape to frame the face and achieve a soft, feminine look.

3. Classic Hollywood Waves for Women

This hairstyle was popular during the golden age of Hollywood, which was the 40s. It was Veronica Lake’s signature hairstyle and was the most requested red carpet look for modern-day stars like Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Chastain.

To style your hair, apply a generous amount of mousse to damp hair and blow dry to achieve as much volume as possible. Part your hair into 1 inch and clip each section. With a ceramic curling iron, curl every section then clip each curled portion. Blast all clipped curls with hot hair one last time but do not brush or you’ll ruin the curls. Let the hair cool; smooth it out with your fingers to loosen the curls. Arrange the front portion of the curls so they frame your face and cascade beautifully down the shoulders.

4. The Blond Bombshell

None other the blond bombshell, Marilyn Monroe, wore this iconic hairstyle throughout the 60s! Because this retro hairstyle is versatile, it will flatter any face shape.

To recreate the look, curl your hair using a one-inch ceramic curling iron. Part the hair into one-inch horizontal sections. Clip every curled hair and allow to cool. Remove the clip then start brushing the hair with a soft brush. If you have shorter hair, you can stop here. But those with longer tresses, you have to secure the hair at the back with bobby pins to create a faux bob.

5. Flapper Girl Blunt Bob

Previously rocked by Victoria Beckham, this hairstyle was all the rage during the 1920s. It features pin-straight bob with very crisp lines. This was flapper girl Louise Brook’s signature hairstyle.

As a side note, this won’t work unless your hair is cut into a bob. To recreate, apply a smoothening serum to the lengths of the hair. Part your hair into sections and blow dry. You want the hair to be as flat as possible. If a blow dry did not do the trick, get a flat iron and glide it over the length of the hair. Give the hair a light spritz of setting mist and you’re done!


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