Stylish Retro Hairstyles

Retro hairstyles dating back from the 30s to the 80s are just some of the best hairstyles of all time. Some of these stylish retro hairstyles were very fun and funky while a lot were very classy and elegant. With all the many hair tools and products easily and readily available today, though, it’s so convenient to lose creativity and just go with a very simple hairstyle.

Now, we’re not saying that going for a quick hairstyle all the time is bad. In fact, it’s a saving grace for a lot of women who are busy and always on the go. However, if you’re looking for a way to spice up your looks, especially with the holiday parties coming up, why not go for some old world charm and do a retro hairstyle? You’ll surely look super gorgeous and fabulous, especially if you go all out and do vintage-style makeup.

  • Bandana headband – this retro hairstyle is one of those that you can still wear today for a casual day to day look. Celebrity and the X Factor (7th season) winner Cher Lloyd is just one of the many celebrities who rock this very chic hairstyle. it’s actually very easy to do. All you need is a bandana long enough to be able to go around your head. Simply tie the bandana around and make a nice knot on top with the ends sticking our. You can wear this with your hair down or up.

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  • Finger waves – finger waves are one of the most popular hairstyles from the retro / vintage era.  The hairstyle got its name from the method by which the curls were achieved which is with the use of fingers. Today, though, there are plenty of other methods you can use to achieve finger waves. The simplest one would be to use hair clips and a hair iron to create ridges. This hairstyle is perfect with deep side parted hair.

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  • Retro pin up curls – another one of the more popular retro hairstyles, the retro pin up curls were mainly associated with images of sexy pin up girls. These retro pin up curls go from big ones that stick out to the more subtle and elegant ones which are softly pinned on. Originally, these were done overnight and women slept in them to keep and hold the curls. Today, you can simply use heat from a curling iron and some hairspray if you want to have retro pin up curls much quicker.

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  • Reverse rolls – these may look too funky for today but back in the days, this was considered one of the most glamorous hairstyles. This retro hairstyle hasn’t lost all of its appeal, though as popular celebs in Hollywood like Katy Perry still wear them.

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  • Volumized ponytail – back in the retro era, it was ‘go big or go home’ when it comes to hair. Women like their hair big and poofy and a simple ponytail was made very chic and fabulous just by adding volume. You, too, today can do this. Simply teas your hair and spritz on some hairspray before you put your hair up in a ponytail. You can also use hair tools like bump its to add volume, especially to the crown area.

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