Vintage Hairstyles We Love

Retro hairstyle

There is something so beautifully romantic that is always conjured up with mention of the term “vintage hairstyle,” and there are a myriad of gorgeous styles going back in time that are well worth recalling to reproduce now. They had exceptional ability to capture the feminine form and mystique, and ran from looser romantic hairstyles to precisely coiffed, sophisticated status, and everything in-between. Here are some of the best of the best, and every one of them is back, with passion and pride.

Chignon hairstyle

The Edwardian Era
There were many timeless hairstyles originated during this period that have retained their popularity and are trending now more than ever. The following were the updos of the era.

  • The Gibson Girl: This rather all-full hairstyle was big–in both popularity and volume. During these days, hair collected from ladies’ hairbrushes and combs was all saved and formed into complementary shapes to be fitted under one’s own hair, for a fuller effect and these meant no tangling from teasing. Today’s “Gibson Girl” wannabes can get a nice bit of volume by first braiding the hair in four sections: one comprised of the top section of hair, one on each side and one on the back. Set the braids by running your flat iron down them or leave them in a while. Make sure to avoid using your go-to part, for extra volume. The hair, once braiding has been taken out, can be brushed for amazing fullness. Go full-on Gibson!
  • The Pompadour: This was basically a rolling-away of the hair framing the face, and could be used with different finishes–with the most popular being a bun. There were wire Pompadour hair frames sold to aid in perfecting this do.
  • The Chignon: This style of bun-like do sat low at the nape of the neck, at the back of the head.
  • Knots and Topknots: The hair would be twisted for either of these, and then coiled into a shape and secured. The different shapes were given names, like the Apollo Knot and the Grecian Knot.
Kate Bosworth

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The Marcel Wave
In the absence of the electricity we now take for granted, these women had awkward metal tools for placing in the fire as a means of heating, and the most popular use of these was to create the Marcel Wave, which is back and big, and today’s women are not risking life and limb in order to create the style. With a variety of placement, the Marcel Wave is essentially a succession of horizontally-formed waves, beginning inches away from the part and continuing down till they could go no further.

Lucile Ball's pinup hairstyle.

The Pinup Girl Hairstyle
This look had a lot of variations, but a popular form was sported by Lucille Ball, of “I Love Lucy” fame, Where a scarf or bandana was placed at the nape of the neck, and either end was brought up and forward to form a nice little knot and bow, if enough fabric remained. Hair in front of the tie could be bangs rolled tightly under, or longer hair that was rolled to form bangs, and secured with pins. With the fabric of the scarf spread out to cover more of the back of the head, the remaining hair in view could be placed in a coil, twist or messy bun and secured with pins.

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