Vintage inspired hairstyles are as popular now as they were when they were simply referred to as 'hairstyles', especially since bobs and pixies have become mainstream short haircuts, and sideswept curls are a staple volumizing method for many of us. Whether you're a wannabe rockabilly or a fly by night flapper, there are all kinds of hairstyles out there to help you express your love for all things retro. Check out some of our favorites below!
1. Modern teddy boy crop
Originally a masculine look, this modern teddy boy cut is both playful and edgy. It's full of volume, and the defined waves create plenty of texture to offset the overall shape of the style. If you want to replicate this style on your own hair, it's easiest to do with a short haircut that has plenty of length on top. The sides don't have to be faded or buzzcut, just short enough to smooth down.
When applying gel, make sure you're only using the smallest amount necessary to hold your hair in place. With a strong hold product like Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Extreme Style Gel, you should only need a dime-sized amount, or even less than that, to get your hair to stay put. If your hair is especially thick, however, you may need more, so start small and reapply when necessary.
2. Rockabilly ponytail
If you want to add both movement and volume to your hair, a rockabilly ponytail is a really good way to do it! With a pomp in front and a pony with curled ends in the back, this hairstyle has it all! The pony itself is really practical for those days when you want your hair up and out of the way, and the pomp creates an interesting silhouette that's bound to get you noticed.
When styling the pomp build height that lasts by applying a volumizing spray like Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray before backcombing. Then, use a fine-tooth comb to push the hair back on itself, take it out, and repeat- rather than ripping through your hair in a rough up-and-down motion.
3. Jennifer Lopez's vintage bob
Jennifer Lopez recently swapped her long mane for a shoulder-grazing bob hairstyle which she then wore with vintage curls on the red carpet. Safe to say it was a big hit with us! The retro flair gave the cut a polished, elegant finish that made J.Lo the belle of the ball, and gave us some serious inspiration to nally go for the chop ourselves.
When curling your hair, always apply a heat protectant like Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blowout Heatspray first to prevent unnecessary heat damage from your curling iron. For similar reasons, you should also make sure you're only using the minimum temperature necessary to curl your strands.
4. Zoe Saldana's faux bob hairstyle
If you aren't feeling quite as brave as Jennifer Lopez and would prefer to try a short haircut before you actually commit to one, Zoe Saldana's faux flapper bob has got you covered. With the ends rolled and pinned underneath, the actress looked every bit the 1920s darling, safe in the knowledge she could shake her long locks back into place at the end of the night.
Before securing the ends, use a large curling iron to create big, finger waves throughout for an authentic twenties look. When you're done curling the hair, gently brush it through to create a smooth, unified look.
5. Blake Lively's glamorous Hollywood waves
Another timeless look, Blake Lively's ultra-glamorous Hollywood waves are almost too good to be true. They're the ultimate special occasion look for long hair, and you don't have to be an A-lister to pull it off. All you really need is enough time to blow-dry your hair straight with a paddle brush, before working your way around your head with a 1 1/2" curling iron!
After curling your hair, make sure you set it with plenty of brushable hairspray like Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to prevent it from falling flat without any unwanted crunchiness.
6. Mod ponytail
If you want to master the mod look without getting a pixie, try this sleek low ponytail. With some added volume in the back, it's a full-bodied hairstyle that appears just a little bit thicker than it really is, unless, of course, you have really thick hair anyway. In that case, it's the perfect way to wear your mane with a vintage twist!
After securing your ponytail, disguise the hair tie with some hair from the pony. Take a pinch of hair from underneath the pony, wrap it tightly around the base, then secure it underneath with a bobby pin.
7. Beehive updo
Only the biggest hairstyles will do for the biggest vintage beauty fans, and they don't come much bigger than this sixties inspired beehive! Made famous by the likes of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, the beehive has really stood the test of time, remaining a favorite party look for many a red carpet regular to this day!
When detangling your hair after enjoying your beehive in all its glory, slather it with a thick conditioner when you're in the shower, then slowly work out any knots with a wide-tooth comb. Start at the ends and work your way up to avoid ripping through your hair and snapping off any unlucky strands.
8. Modern bouffant
If you love the idea of a voluminous hairstyle like a beehive but don't necessarily want to wear your hair up, try this loose, modern bouffant instead. You still get all the fun of teasing your hair, but you won't need quite as much height, so your arms won't be aching by the time you're finished!
When backcombing your hair, work in sections and always backcomb from behind. That way, you can gently smooth it all back when you're happy with the amount of height.
9. 1940s headscarf hairstyle
Whether you're inspired by Rosie the Riveter or just want to keep your hair under some semblance of control, a Land Girl hairstyle with a headscarf is as pretty as it is practical. You can go for a half-up hairstyle, a ponytail or an updo - it's a really versatile look!
This hairstyle is perfect for second day hair, as it covers the roots more or less completely. To make sure the hair at the front is looking as fresh as possible, however, spritz some dry shampoo onto the roots and let it sit for five minutes or so to absorb any excess oil, then brush it out.
10. Voluminous wavy hair
Another look inspired by the biggest hairstyles of the sixties (literally), this wavy 'do is perfect for anyone who likes their hair to be as voluminous as possible. With large, tumbling waves and the hair pinned back off the face, it's a really easy look to wear as the vintage aspect doesn't overwhelm everything else. Just be sure to keep your makeup understated to maintain that balance.
After curling your hair, gently backcomb the lower layers to boost volume. Do this as evenly as possible around your head to create a uniformly full-bodied look.
11. Half-up beehive hairstyle
If you can't choose between a beehive and retro curls, you don't have to with this half-up beehive! Not only does it boast plenty of volume at the crown, it also has some vintage curls through the lengths and ends which add movement and texture.
Boost your hair's natural body before you even get out of the shower by washing with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner combo. This will give your mane the best possible start before you begin styling.
12. 1950s pin-up hair
If your approach to beauty could be described as something like a modern day Marilyn Monroe, this fifties inspired pin-up hairstyle might be right up your street! It's essentially a layered bob with a polished, wavy blowout and a sexy side sweep. Oh, and it looks stunning with a statement lip color!
When blow-drying your hair, use a primer like Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray before rough drying your hair most of the way. Use your hands to guide the hair until it's almost dry, then use a round brush to complete the blowout.
13. Curled low ponytail
Low ponytails are basically the most wearable hairstyles in existence, and they're really easy to wear with a vintage twist, literally in this case. With curled ends, a smooth finish and the perfect amount of volume at the crown, it's perhaps the best everyday vintage look out there.
Use a 1" curling iron to curl the ends of your hair, then gently brush it through with a natural bristle brush to get one unified curl.
14. Seventies curls
With all the volume in the lengths and ends, seventies inspired curls are more understated than the XXL looks from the sixties, but they look just as polished and sultry as a Bardot bouffant. With a well-defined middle part and big, tumbling waves starting at the temples, this hairstyle is the perfect down 'do for every occasion!
If you're not too confident with a round brush, skip it and do all of the curling with a curling iron. It's a more straightforward process for the uninitiated, and an iron is easier to control.