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11 Vintage-Inspired Hairstyles We Can't Get Enough Of

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Hair trends might be ever-changing but decades after specific trends have faded, vintage hairstyles are still some of the most talked-about looks in the beauty world. Sporting a vintage hairstyle might make you feel like you’re a couple of years (or 80) behind, but a few classic looks are absolutely timeless.

What exactly sets these timeless styles apart from modern looks? We tapped Wura Kolawore, Mizani artist and brand ambassador, to dish on what makes them so unique.

Vintage hairstyles play heavily on shape, definition, and sculpting...Something as simple as an over-directed bang can make a look go from sleek and chic to glam.

Kolawore believes vintage styles will always be popular. Whether it’s vintage glam on the red carpet or a night out, 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,” Kolawore says. “Though 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-inspired hairstyle your own? Whether you have long ash blonde hair or shorter dark brown locks, these 11 looks will inspire you to take your styling back a few decades.

The Best Vintage Hairstyles For Short Hair


Pompadour Pixie

If you’re searching for a vintage hairstyle with a modern twist, look no further than this pompadour pixie cut. The top honors the voluminous, throwback hairstyle while the shaved sides give the cut an edginess that’s totally wearable in 2019.

Pin Curl Pixie

You don’t need super long hair to achieve vintage-inspired ringlets. Pin curls paired with a pixie cut is one of our favorite ways to wear the look.

Vintage Bob

Bob haircuts are always on-trend, but if you’re hoping to channel your inner 1920s flapper, a voluminous and polished take on the look is the way to go! Since you’ll need to use a curling iron to get perfectly sculpted curls, be sure to apply a heat protectant like the Biolage Thermal Active Setting Spray throughout your hair. The product protects against heat while adding body and volume for long-lasting control.

The Best Vintage-Inspired Hairstyles For Medium-Length Hair

Old Hollywood Glam Waves

Inspired by Old Hollywood starlets, this look may be the most sought-after vintage ‘do of them all. Though you can sport glam waves with any hair length, the hairstyle looks extra stunning on medium to long hair.

Vintage Blowout

What do you get when you pair the sleekness of a modern blowout with vintage-inspired flipped ends? An updated style that still pays tribute to the past. Be sure to use a blowdry primer like the Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry Style Enhancing Blow-Dry Hair Oil for shine, smoothness, and manageability.

Rolled Updo

Inspired by the Victorian-era Gibson tuck hairstyle, this textured rolled updo is perfect for medium to long hair. Before you style, be sure to apply a few spritzes of the Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Texture Wave Texturizing Spray throughout your hair for added texture and long-lasting flexible hold.

French Twist

If there’s one vintage French girl style we still adore in 2019, it’s the French twist. To begin, sweep all of your hair over one shoulder and insert bobby pins at the back of your head to hold the hair in place.

To create your French twist, gather all of your hair, twist, and tuck it across where you placed the bobby pins. Add a few more bobby pins and a few spritzes of hairspray to lock your style in place. Craft a small accent braid if you’re looking to add a modern twist to your look.

The Best Vintage-Inspired Hairstyles For Long Hair

Voluminous Roller Curls

If you’ve yet to abandon your old set of hair rollers, you’re in luck! The throwback beauty tool is the key to achieving voluminous, vintage curls. Pro tip: To recreate this windswept effect, be sure to wrap your hair in sections away from your face around each roller.

Side-Swept Waves

To recreate these soft sculpted waves, give yourself a deep side part and pin your locks to one side using hair clips or bobby pins. Apply a generous amount of heat protectant before curling the hair in 2-inch sections using a 2-inch barrel curling iron. Once you’ve curled your entire mane, tousle to loosen the curls and finish the style with a few spritzes of hairspray.

Half-Up Twist

Half-up hairstyles are in, so why not put a vintage spin on your next look? Adding a simple twirl can turn the look from simple and modern to retro and glam. If you already have bangs, blow them out with a round brush for instant volume.

Then, twist a small section of hair on the opposite side of your part towards the back of your head and secure it with a clip. Lock in your look with a stong-hold hairspray like the Redken Control Addict 28 Extra High-Hold Hairspray. This anti-humidity hairspray holds hair in place for 24 hours without residue or flaking.

Bouffant Ponytail

Retro hair is all about volume, so adding height at your crown is a given for any 1960s-inspired 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.

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