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Go Retro

Posted on: September 21, 2008

I know a lot of times as females, we don’t know what to do with our hair. We either walk around with it in a ponytail or just throw a hat on. Well, I have some old school inspirations for you:

The retro era has made a huge come back! The 20’s-50’s were ruled by stars such as Norma Shearer, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Veronica Lake, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo. They were setting the tone when it came to fashion, beauty and even talent. You will often see imitations of these stars, the most famous being Marilyn Monroe.

There are some celebrities that play with the retro look once in a while and then there are those who have established it as their personal style. The most popular being Dita Von Teese and Katy Perry, with Katy giving it her own ‘updated’ spin and Dita leaning more towards burlesque. The retro look was even the theme of the Baby Phat/KLS Fall 2008 runway show:

From red carpets to runways, the retro looks of the 1940’s and 1950’s is everywhere. Want in on the action? Whether it’s big barrel curls, deep waves or a fancy up-do, we got you. Too see ideas for different retro hair styles…

To achieve long wavy hair [pin curls], the key is Bobby pins. Use a big barrel curling iron- usually 1.5″ in width (you can get the Select Brands 1.5″ Ceramic Curling Iron at Target for $14.99). Part your hair in big sections and after curling, use the bobby pin to hold the curls until you’re ready to go. You can also use a brush (with teeth) to create a wave affect, if the hair comes out too curly. Another way: Just in case you don’t know how to use a curling iron, or don’t have one, perhaps you can use big rollers to achieve the look.

For the 1940’s “Victory Rolls” or reverse rolls, you can achieve this look simply and quickly. Using the same big barrel curling iron or big rollers you would use to achieve the wavy curls, you will part the top half of your hair into 2 sections. Whether you want a side part or a center part is completely up to you. Curl or roll both sections, inwards or reverse. After you do that, you pin it down with bobby pins to hold it. You can also use rollers or a big barrel curling iron to create waves in the back of your head.

*This usually works best with short hair

For the record, my mother is a PRO-FESSIONAL when it comes to the 1920’s finger waves! No one does it better than her (that I know of). For this look, all you will need is some gel/setting lotion (or anything else that will hold hair in place), a fine toothed comb or tail comb, and some wave clamps. Part hair in either small or big sections, depending on how you want your waves. Put gel/setting lotion (or anything else that holds hair in place) in the hair and use the wave clamps to clamp hair to do sections of waves (look at Halle’s hair above if I’m confusing you). Then use a fine toothed comb once you get to the end of the section, use the comb to sort of comb the end of the hair to the back of the head. OR…. If you have long hair, the results can also come out like this:

To achieve this version of the finger waves, DO NOT USE GEL! Use setting lotion even. Then after you let it dry, take out the wave clamps and use a wide toothed brush or large toothed comb to comb it out, but not too much.

These are only 3 of the many retro looks, but these are the most popular. No matter if your hair is long or short, curly or straight, you can achieve these looks. There are also weaves that are already pre-made with these styles, that can save you energy.


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