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If you’re anything like us, you’re constantly looking for the next best hairstyle to try out. You spend hours watching your favorite beauty muses on social media, gathering inspiration for your own looks. However, the trendiest style inspiration often comes from women of the past. Decades after trends have faded, vintage hairstyles and fashion are still some of the most buzzed about trends in the beauty world.
What exactly sets these timeless styles apart from modern looks? We tapped Wura Kolawore, Mizani artist and brand ambassador, to dish on what makes vintage hairstyles so special.
“Vintage hairstyles play heavily on shape, definition and sculpting,” she says. “Something as simple as an over-directed bang can make a look go from sleek and chic to glam.”
Hairstyles are constantly fading in and out of relevance, but Kolawore believes vintage styles will always be popular. It’s common to see women wearing vintage glam on the red carpet or a night out, and these beautiful styles are often the inspiration for many modern looks.
I think women are still interested in vintage styles because there are countless ways women can reinvent vintage hairstyles...Though these looks like the pompadour or victory rolls are dated, they ironically will never go out of style. Almost every style we wear today has a vintage origin.
Looking to make a vintage hairstyle your own? From long waves to sculpted updos, we’ve gathered some of the best for you to try.
Sculpted waves are undoubtedly the most memorable hairstyle of Old Hollywood starlets, making them one of the most desired. Paired with shorter hair and a deep side part, this look screams 1930s glam. The best part? This look can easily be achieved with a curling iron and a healthy dose of hairspray.
The 1940s and 1950s were all about pin-up girls, and these iconic, feminine looks are still as prevalent as ever. If you’re looking for a way to enhance your updo, try pairing it with a pin-up girl inspired headband. Work a victory roll into the front of your ‘do for added style. Wrap the headband around your head starting from the bottom and tie it into a bow on top.
Half-up hairstyles are in, so why not throw in a vintage twist? Adding a simple twirl can turn the look from simple and modern to retro and glam. If you already have bangs, try blowing them out with a round brush for instant volume. Simply twist a small section of hair towards the back of your head, secure it with a clip, and top it all off with hairspray.
This vintage-meets-modern look is the best of both worlds,] and one of the most eye-catching hairstyles. To recreate these soft waves, give yourself a deep side part and pin your locks to one side using hair clips or bobby pins. Curl the hair in 2-inch sections, tousle to loosen the curls, and finish the style with a few spritzes of hairspray.
Retro hair is all about volume, so adding height at your crown is a given for any fashionista looking for a full-on 1960s look. Start by sectioning off the hair at your crown with a clip, then tie your remaining hair into a low ponytail. Using a rattail comb, tease the hair at your crown. Pull the hair back using a brush, and secure your bouffant with bobby pins. Make sure to use lots of hairspray as you go to hold the bouffant in place.
If you’ve ever dreamed of living in roaring 1920s, this next style is sure to pique your interest. The go-to party looks of the time were all about short, embellished waves.
Itching to try a flapper hairstyle but don’t want to give up your lengthy strands? ry a faux bob. Be warned: this style takes a lot of time and practice to achieve. If you’re willing to give it a whirl, make sure to have plenty of hair ties, bobby pins, and hairspray to hold the style in place.
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