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20 Vintage Hairstyles That Are Totally Hot Right Now

Clothes, shoes, home furnishings and HAIR rage into style, and then fade out to become a slightly different version the next year. Perhaps better and bigger, or sleeker and more refined. One thing is for sure, you can count on all styles to change…and come back again.

Here are 20 stunning vintage hairstyles! Insider how-to tips and product recommendations are included too, so have fun recreating these time-tested looks yourself.

  • #1 Fingerwave Updo

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Here is one of the classic styles that will never actually go out of style. It always finds a way to change with the times!

    Vintage Fingerwave Updo

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, section off a front top section and secure it with a clip. This is for your waves!
    2. 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.
    3. Wrap your ponytail around the base of the elastic band, creating a bun. Secure with bobby pins.
    4. 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.
    5. Finish with your favorite hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    My favorite hairspray is Pravana’s Super Shape Hairspray. It’s a build able hold spray, meaning the more you spray, the harder the hold! You don’t have to worry about buildup, however, because it is water soluble and washes right out.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    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.

  • #2 Sleek Hippie Chick

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Now is the time to resurrect a classic hippy look from the 70s and give it a fresh twist.

    Classic Hippie Hairstyle with Braid

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with damp hair, apply a smoothing cream.
    2. Blow dry hair in sections using a flat brush. Make sure to keep air flow facing the floor to help prevent flyaways.
    3. 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.
    4. Create a small to medium section of hair off of your part.
    5. Braid this section. The model is wearing a variation of the basic three-strand braid, but any type of braid will do.
    6. Add a cute headband and you’re ready to go!

    Recommended Products:

    A smoothing cream will help keep your style in place all day. My favorite is Pravana ‘s Model Behavior. It’s light enough for finer strands of hair, but can control even the thickest, unruliest hair as well.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    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.

  • #3 Victory Rolls Revisited

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Your confidence will soar sporting this iconic look of the 40s!

    Vintage Hairstyle with Victory Rolls

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

    How To Style:

    1. 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.
    2. Part hair in center or slightly off center. Create sections from the front of the ear toward the crown.
    3. 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.
    4. Finish off with your favorite hairspray and you’re ready to go!

    Recommended Products:

    To hold your curls and victory rolls in, PRAVANA’s Super Shape hairspray is a must. It gives more hold the more you apply.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Diamond, heart and round faces wear this look best. Hair that is medium to thick will make recreating this style easier.

  • #4 1980’s Big Hair

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    The 80s brought us lots of things — big hair being my favorite! Bring back that big curly hair in a softer, more feminine version.

    How To Style:

    1. Before blow drying hair, apply a volumizing mousse. Comb through to ensure each strand is covered.
    2. Begin blow drying hair, holding your head upside down. This will help to give that great volume that you’ll need for this look.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. Mist hair with hairspray and rock your big curls!

    Recommended Products:

    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.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Any face shape can wear these big curls, while hair that is medium to thick gives the best base for this style.

  • #5 Rosie the Riveter Revamped

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Just about every girl loves the Rosie the Riveter style. It’s tough, yet feminine at the same time.

    Vintage Updo with Scarf

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

    How To Style:

    1. This is a great style for second-day hair!  You will need a bandana, a ponytail holder, and some red lipstick.
    2. Smooth hair straight back into a ponytail and secure with a hair tie.
    3. Pull hair slightly right in the front to give a slight lift at the top.
    4. Tie a folded bandana (from underneath) onto the top of your head.
    5. Add a red lip and you’ve got this classic look!

    Recommended Products:

    For second-day hair that may be feeling a little too lived in, try a dry shampoo. There are many brands out there, but my favorite for volume is Pravana Fresh. Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair is great for giving a softer feel.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    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.

  • #6 Go Greased Lightening

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Lots of curls and a leather jacket take you right back to the ending scene of the classic Grease.

    Vintage Hairstyle with Curls

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

    How To Style:

    1. Before blow drying hair, apply a volumizing mousse. Blow dry hair using a small round brush.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Let all of the curls cool completely before you use a wide tooth comb to pick through them. Don’t over-comb them though!
    5. Lift the front section and spray with hairspray, holding it in place while it dries.

    Recommended Products:

    Just like the 70s, a fabulous hairspray is a must. I love Pravana’s Super Shape. Give hair a good spray of this product to hold it all night. The best part is that it’s water soluble so it washes right out!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Round, heart or square face shapes look fabulous in this rockin’ style, while hair that is medium to thick and holds a curl well helps to recreate this look.

  • #7 Pomp with a Twist

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    This James Dean-inspired pompadour gets a modern edge with texture and pastel lavender.

    How To Style:

    1. 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.
    2. When styling, apply a volumizing mousse throughout the top while hair is damp.
    3. Use your fingers to lift hair while blowing drying. Be sure to direct the front section slightly back.
    4. Once hair is dry, use a texturizer to give separation and extra hold.
    5. If needed, add a little spray of your favorite hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    There are many different types of texturing products out there. My favorite for this type of style is Pravana’s Lived In Powder Potion. It is a powder that transforms to a liquid, so it’s super easy to apply and gives amazing texture and volume!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Confident oval, heart or diamond shaped faces look fabulous in this cut, while hair that is straight or wavy and of medium density will make styling easiest.

  • #8 Mod is Back

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Long, straight hair paired with mod textured bangs brings this Austin Powers-inspired style back into play.

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with damp hair, apply a straightening cream and comb through to ensure it is evenly distributed.
    2. Blow dry hair using a flat brush. Make sure to keep your blow dryer air flow facing the floor to help prevent flyaways.
    3. Once your hair is completely dry, turn your flat iron to the lowest heat setting for your hair type.
    4. Bring the flat iron through your hair in small sections. Give a slight bend toward the ends and fringe.
    5. Now rock this shagadelic look, baby!

    Recommended Products:

    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.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval and diamond face shapes look smashing in this mod look. Hair that is naturally straight and of medium density makes styling easy.

  • #9 THE GIBSON GIRL

    Written by Sherri Jessee

    This updo was popular in the 1890s. A frothy texture creates an angelic look for today’s woman.

    Gibson Girl Frothy Vintage Hairstyles

    Left: Gibson Girl
    Right: Hair & Makeup by Sherri JesseePhoto by Roberto Ligresti

    How to Style:

    1. Spray on a texturizing product like Aquage Uplifting Foam and blow dry.
    2. 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.
    3. Be sure to spray each section with a heat protecting spray like RUSK Thermal Iron Spray.
    4. Brush hair out using a soft bristle brush.
    5. Sweep hair to the top of the head and loosely gather it and pin it in place.

    Recommended Products:

    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.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is so versatile! It works with every face shape and is especially nice to bulk up finer textures.

  • #10 HOLLYWOOD WAVES FOR HIM

    Written by Sherri Jessee

    This classic style is fabulous for formal events for gents.

    Carey Grant Vintage Hollywood Waves for Him

    Left: Carey Grant
    Right: Hair by Sherri Jessee, Photo by Roberto Ligresti

    How to Style:

    1. Begin with a great cut from your salon professional. The sides should be shorter and graduating to a longer top.
    2. Apply a small dollop of styling gel to damp hair and distribute well.
    3. Using a comb, carve in a deep part and smooth hair into place.
    4. Gently loosen waves on top with your fingers for a a more casual feel.

    Recommended Products:

    Oribe Rock Hard Gel will provide maximum hold and control.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style works with every face shape and is especially nice for thicker, wavy textures.

  • #11 THE PERFECT PIXIE

    Written by Sherri Jessee

    This short crop has made a come back on Hollywood gamines and daring trend setters.

    Perfect Pixie Vintage Hairstyle Mia Farrow

    Left: Mia Farrow
    Right: Hair & Makeup by Sherri Jessee, Photo by Roberto Ligresti

    How to Style:

    1. 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.
    2. Apply a small amount of a thickening cream to damp hair and distribute well.
    3. Comb hair into place and allow to dry naturally.
    4. Use your fingers to loosen the shape.

    Recommended Products:

    A small amount of a texturizing wax like GK HAIR Shaping Wax can be used to play up separation on the ends.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style works best on oval face shapes with medium to fine density.

  • #12 OLD HOLLYWOOD WAVES

    Written by Sherri Jessee

    The “Veronica Lake” style is reborn as the most requested red carpet look for modern day starlets.

    Old Hollywood Waves Vintage Hairstyle

    Left: Veronica Lake
    Right: Hair & Makeup by Sherri Jessee, Photo by Roberto Ligresti

    How to Style:

    1. Build up body in the hair by blow drying a mousse into the hair.
    2. Curl one-inch sections around a one-inch ceramic curling iron and clip each curl.
    3. Allow hair to cool before removing the clips.
    4. Brush hair smoothly with a soft bristle brush.

    Recommended Products:

    Looking for a great soft bristle brush? Try Angelo David’s smoothing brush.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is so versatile! It works with every face shape and hair density.

  • #13 BLONDE BOMBSHELL

    Written by Sherri Jessee

    This iconic look can be achieved on longer hair with the simple help of a few pins.

    Blonde Bombshell Marilyn Vintage Hairstyle

    Right: Marilyn Monroe
    Left: Hair & Makeup by Sherri Jessee, Photo by Brad Lovell on MISS VIRGINIA USA Catherine Muldoon

    How to Style:

    1. Curl hair using a one-inch ceramic curling iron.
    2. Curl one-inch horizontal sections, clip each curl and allow to cool.
    3. Brush the hair smoothly with a soft bristle brush, allowing the hair to naturally form in waves.
    4. For longer hair, twist up and pin with bobby pins to create a faux bob.

    Recommended Products:

    For long-lasting shape, be sure to spray each section with a working spray like PRAVANA Super Shape Hairspray before curling.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is so versatile! It works with every face shape and hair density.

  • #14 THE BLUNT BOB

    Written by Sherri Jessee

    1920s flappers like Louise Brooks bobbed off their long locks in favor of this style that is equally trendy today.

    Blunt Bob Vintage Flapper Look

    Left: Louise Brooks
    Right: Hair & Makeup by Sherri Jessee, Photo by James Weber

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a few drops of a smoothing serum to your hands and distribute through lengths and ends.
    2. Beginning at the bottom and working your way to the top, blow dry hair in small sections.
    3. Pass over lightly where needed with a flat iron to eliminate frizz.
    4. Mist hair with light shine spray like Aquage Beyond Shine.

    Recommended Products:

    Looking for the perfect flat iron? The Salon Tech 1-inch Titanium 450 Styling Iron provides optimum smoothing results.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    The heavy fringe in this style gives great balance to long faces.

  • #15 ELIZABETH TAYLOR SOFT CURLS

    Written by Sherri Jessee

    Longer hair takes on a new look when pinned to create a faux bob.

    Elizabeth Taylor vintage hairstyles

    Left: Elizabeth Taylor
    Right: Hair & Makeup by Sherri Jessee, Photo by Brad Lovell on MISS VIRGINIA 2007 Lauren Barnette

    How to Style

    1. Distribute an egg-sized amount of a volumizing foam like Aveda Phomollient through hair and blow dry.
    2. Curl hair on a 1 1/4-inch ceramic iron. Secure the curls with clips and allow the hair to cool.
    3. Brush hair with a smoothing brush.
    4. Twist and pin ends up to create desired length.

    Recommended Products:

    A faux bob length can be securely pinned with bobby pins from Sally’s.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    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.

  • #16 LUSCIOUS LAVENDER MARILYN

    Written by Sherri Jessee

    Using a pastel color like lavender gives this classic style a modern twist.

    Luscious Lavender Marilyn Vintage Hairstyle

    Left: Marilyn Monroe
    Right: Hair & Makeup by Sherri Jessee, Photo by Julia Kuzmenko for Pravana

    Using a pastel color like lavender will give classic style a modern twist.

    How to Style:

    1. Professionally pre-lighten your hair color to pale yellow. Shampoo, condition and dry.
    2. Apply a fun color of choice and process. Shampoo, condition and dry.
    3. Curl small sections on a 1-inch ceramic curling iron. Clip each curl and allow to cool.
    4. Lightly back brush hair, smoothing the top into a roll.

    Recommended Products:

    Colors like this are best left to your professional stylist! The new PRAVANA Pastels are easy to use and long lasting.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    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.

  • #17 BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

    Written by Sherri Jessee

    Who wouldn’t love this modern twist on a timeless upstyle?

    Breakfast at Tiffanys Vintage Hair

    Left: Audrey Hepburn

    Right: Hair & Makeup by Sherri Jessee, Photo by Brad Lovell on MISS VIRGINIA 2007 Lauren Barnette

    How to Style

    1. For the easiest styling, curl hair with electric rollers.
    2. Part hair from ear to ear to separate the front and the back.
    3. Create a deep side part in the front and sweep hair low across the forehead.
    4. Twist remaining hair up high, allowing curls to tousle.
    5. Pin to secure.

    Recommended Products:

    Calista Tools create body which makes the perfect foundation for any updo.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is great for thicker hair and the low sweeping fringe gives balance to long faces.

  • #18 QUICK QUIFF

    Written by Sherri Jessee

    Easier (and much less expensive) than a facelift, this upswept style will take ten years off.

    Quick Quiff Ginger Rogers Hairstyle

    Left: Ginger Rogers
    Right: Hair & Makeup by Sherri Jessee, Photo by Roberto Ligresti

    How to Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, use a tapered curling wand and wrap one-inch sections around the wand.
    2. Lightly tease hair on top to create height.
    3. Smooth back the top and side sections and pin to secure.
    4. Back comb ends for extra texture.

    Recommended Products:

    Oribe Dry Spray will give incredible volume and sexy texture.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is so versatile! It works with every face shape and hair density and is super easy for those with naturally wavy hair.

  • #19 ASYMMETRIC BOB

    Written by Sherri Jessee

    I love this fresh version of a cut made popular in the 1960s.

    Asymmetric Bob Fresh Take on a Sixties Look

    Left: Peggy Moffit
    Right: Hair & Makeup by Sherri Jessee, Photo by James Weber

    How to Style:

    1. Go to your professional stylist for a precision asymmetric haircut.
    2. Apply a small amount of a smoothing serum like Moroccan Oil Treatment.
    3. For extra shine, blow dry hair in a downward motion to smooth the cuticle.
    4. Pass over ends with a flat iron to slightly turn the ends under.

    Recommended Products:

    The Keratin Complex Stealth Stretch Flat Iron offers professional grade styling for all hair types.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style works well on long and oval face shapes and smoother hair textures.

  • #20 THE MILK MAID BRAID

    Written by Sherri Jessee

    This style is fast and oh so feminine.

    Vintage Milkmaid Braid Hairstyle

    Left: Angela Green
    Right: Hair & Makeup by Sherri Jessee, Photo by Roberto Ligresti

    How to Style:

    1. Starting with clean, damp hair, part hair down the middle from front to back.
    2. Beginning low and tight in the nape on one side, plait a classic three-strand braid and secure with a small elastic.
    3. Repeat on the opposite side.
    4. Drape the braids across the head, pin on the opposite sides and accessorize with flowers.

    Recommended Products:

    For extra control, lightly mist hair with a great leave-in conditioner like Redken Extreme Anti-Snap.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    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 hairstyles, you can feel as beautiful and confident as the celebrity that made each look so iconic.