Vintage Hairstyles – 27 Retro Looks

Vintage Hairstyles Feature Collage

Formal vintage hairstyles are very much the rage these days. You need only look to the red carpet to see how today’s celebrities are interpreting the classic looks from bygone eras.

This slideshow specifically features the roaring 20s flapper-style hair with vintage curls and finger waves as well as the glamorous 1940s curls with victory rolls and bumper bangs with a few additional eras thrown in for fun.

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1920s Flapper Style Hair

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The roaring 20s featured women who were set on breaking conventional behaviors expected of women. One of the signature acts of rebellion was to squash the idea that a “lady” had long hair. The style look of the day was classic finger waves similar to the hairstyle above.

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Demi Lovato - Vintage Hairstyles - 1920s Flapper Style

Demi Lovato

Golshifteh Farahani - Vintage Hairstyles - 1920s Flapper Style

Golshifteh Farahani

Andra Day - Vintage Hairstyles - 1920s Flapper Style

Andra Day

Halsey - Vintage Hairstyles - 1920s Flapper Style

Halsey

Kat Graham - Vintage Hairstyles - 1920s Flapper Style

Kat Graham


1940s Victory Rolls

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The 1940s ushered in a softer look for women with hairstyles that were perfectly coiffed with lots of volume and exaggerated curls.

Our Favorite YouTube Tutorial: Center Part Victory Roll Updo

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Kim Kardashian - Vintage Hairstyles - 1940s Victory Roll

Kim Kardashian

Model 1 - Vintage Hairstyles - 1940s Victory Roll
Model 2 - Vintage Hairstyles - 1940s Victory Roll
Model 3 - Vintage Hairstyles - 1940s Victory Roll

1940s Bumper Bangs

Types of Bangs - Bumper Bangs

Popularized in the 1940s when the victory roll was in style, bumper bangs are tightly curled into one big barrel curl across the forehead.

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Types of Bangs - Bumper Bangs
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1940s Glamour Waves

Model - Vintage Hairstyles - 1940s Glamour Waves

Glamour waves were popularized by 1940s starlets such as Lauren Bacall and Rita Hayworth.

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Margot Robbie - Vintage Hairstyles - 1940s Glamour Waves

Margot Robbie

Emilia Clarke - Vintage Hairstyles - 1940s Glamour Waves

Emilia Clarke

Gal Gadot - Vintage Hairstyles - 1940s Glamour Waves

Gal Gadot

Cara Delevingne - Vintage Hairstyles - 1940s Glamour Waves

Cara Delevingne


1940s Rosie the Riveter Wrap

Christina Aguilera-Formal Vintage Hairstyles

Rosie the Riveter was a 1940s ad campaign to recruit female workers. The woman in the ad copy always had her hair pulled back by a bandana like Christina Aguilera above.


1960s Beehive

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The beehive updo is characterized by vast amounts of hair piled high on the top of the head leaning slightly toward the back. The beehive became popular in the 1960s created by celebrity hairstylist Margaret Vinci Heldt. The style was embraced by many celebrities including Audrey Hepburn, Barbara Streisand, and Bridgett Bardot.

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Rose Byrne - Vintage Hairstyles - Beehives

Rose Byrne

Pia Toscano - Vintage Hairstyles - Beehives

Pia Toscano


1960s Twiggy Pixie

Ginnifer Goodwin Hairstyles 2012-11-18

Ginnifer Goodwin sports a super short pixie popularized by English model Lesley “Twiggy” Lawson in the 1960s.


1960s Bouffant Flip

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If you are looking for a super simple, super adorable hairstyle, the hair flip is a fun choice.  It’s a style that can look sweet and innocent or super sexy (think Tina Louise from Gilligan’s Island)

Our Favorite YouTube Tutorial: Quick 60’s Flip


1960s Jackie O Head Scarf Style

Model - Vintage Hairstyles - 1960s Jackie O Scarf

Though not as much a hairstyle as a fashion statement, no vintage hairstyle list would be complete without adding the iconic Jackie-O head scarf style.


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