Looking for pretty vintage hairstyles? We show the most beautiful hairstyles of the 50s and 60s in a modern interpretation.
Vintage hairstyles are one of the big hairstyle trends of the 2000s. The special retro hairstyles from the 50s and 60s were not only popular back then. To this day, many women still wear Victory Rolls and perms, inspired by the great divas of the time. Pure glamor! Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn are just three of the great Hollywood icons who inspire us then as now with their femininity and elegance. No wonder we still love her retro hairstyles to this day.
Which updos and hairstyles were popular in each era and how can you recreate the pretty vintage hairstyles? We show you all pictures, ideas, and instructions here. After the classics, we'll also show you how great vintage hairstyles can look interpreted in a modern way. Have fun with the styling!
In the 1950s, there was no better-known actress than Marilyn Monroe. The pretty blonde first set out for Hollywood as a model and young actress and became the most popular film actress of her time. Her style became world-famous. The distinctive brows, the full lips, the short blond curls - who doesn't know them? The iconic retro look still wows women today, so her vintage hairstyle is a must-have on our list. The popular Marilyn Monroe hairstyle is particularly easy to style with medium-length and short hair.
Marilyn Monroe Hairstyle: The Tutorial
In addition to Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Princess Grace of Monaco, also became a style icon in the 1950s. Even the fashion label Hermès named a handbag made famous by the princess after her. In addition to the Kelly Bag, the princess’s silk scarf also became world-famous. Grace Kelly always wore her scarf on her hair, with the two ends crossed under her chin and knotted at the nape of the neck. This iconic Kelly style has also featured in many retro Hollywood films and remains one of the most popular vintage hairstyles for women to this day. But also their classic, light vintage waves were a hairstyle favorite of the 50s and became a symbol of elegance and grace. That's how it works:
Grace Kelly Hairstyle: The Tutorial
Until the 1960s, Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn, made famous by films such as "Breakfast at Tiffany’s", was the fashion and beauty role model par excellence. The British-Dutch actress was especially loved in the 1960s for her side bangs and updos. So retro! A vintage Audrey Hepburn style hairstyle may not be the easiest, but it's worth the effort. You can style the beehive hairstyle from the film "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" in just a few simple steps:
Audrey Hepburn Hairstyle: The Tutorial
The actress Brigitte Bardot also became an icon for femininity in the 1960s. With her long, blonde hair and her curtain bangs, she was a role model for many women of her time. She also made the braid with bangs a hairstyle trend in the sixties. The Brigitte Bardot hairstyle is particularly suitable for women with long hair who also like to wear a ponytail from time to time. Everything you need for retro styling: the right haircut in shag cut and curtain bangs.
Brigitte Bardot hairstyle: the instructions
Another big topic in the 1950s: rockabilly. The style is mainly influenced by rock'n'roll, blues, and country music. A wild and casual attitude towards life spread from the southern states of the USA, which was also reflected in clothing and hairstyles. In addition to the famous petticoats, women also wore rockabilly hairstyles like in the film "Grease" with bangs, proper perms, and curls. The Victory Rolls and Bettie Bangs were also standard at the time. To this day, they are a solid symbol for the retro decades. The rockabilly hairstyles are easy to do yourself. That's how it's done:
Victory Rolls: The Guide
In the video you can see how to do the Victory Rolls:
Also very popular in rockabilly style: the Bettie Bangs. The nude model and mother of all pin-ups Bettie Page made hairstyling world-famous in the 1950s. By the way, Bettie Bangs means a short, U-shaped pony. It reaches about the middle of your forehead and is cut circular. When it comes to styling a pretty Bettie pony, all you need is a round brush, a comb, and hairspray so that everything fits perfectly.
Bettie Bangs: The Guide
Assuming you already have short bangs, styling your hair is pretty easy. Blow-dry your hair as usual and curl your hair in large curls if you don't already have enough volume.
The Bettie Bangs is what makes the curve. To do this, you have to shape your pony strands with a round brush and a hairdryer so that it looks nice and voluminous.
Again, a braid or a ponytail can work great!
This is how the cool Bettie Bangs are cut:
Pin-up girls were incredibly popular in 1950s America. With their special look, they not only enchanted men but also inspired generations of women after them. To this day, the pin-up style is popular. We still see the make-up and the pin-up hairstyles on many women to this day. There are also many pin-up elements in rockabilly, such as the pin-up rolls. Do you know the pretty little curls of the pin-up girls? A popular vintage hairstyle to this day!
Pin-up Rolls: The Instructions
For the pin-up rolls, the mousse is first put into the hair to give the little curls more hold in advance.
Then twist individual strands into small curls with your fingers and pinned them with bobby pins or hairpins. If this is too difficult for you, you can also use curlers to do the curls.
After drying, you can also loosen the curlers here and open the curls. By gently combing out the curls get a nice vintage look and fall a little looser and more voluminous.
The pin-up rolls don't have to take place all over the head, by the way. Depending on your preference, you can twist just the pony into a pony freak or the sides into pin-up rolls.
In the video you can see the simple instructions again:
Incredibly popular with vintage hairstyles was and are a combination of headbands and bandanas. They are simply knotted into the hair in addition to Victory Rolls, Bettie Bangs, or pin-up rolls and fixed with bobby pins. They also go great with a braid or ponytail.
After seeing many classics, we are now curious to see what modern interpreted vintage hairstyles can look like. We looked around the streets of the fashion metropolises and found some hot candidates. In addition to many vintage hairstyles for short hair, there are also some exciting vintage hairstyles for long hair. Our favorites:
We still see vintage hairstyles for short hair in abundance today. The cool retro hairstyles are mainly characterized by an edgy look, curls, and perms. But gentle waves also bring the beloved vintage flair!
Singer Pink also loves the vintage look and has had the cool Victory Rolls twisted into her short hair. So beautiful!
Even the cool pin-up curls can be interpreted in a modern way, as here at Bella Hadid on the fringes of Paris Fashion Week. She wears the laid curls very modern and cool. The make-up makes the modern vintage look perfect.
Modern vintage hairstyles for long hair are also incredibly popular. This of course includes the curtain bangs, which half of TikTok loves at the moment. But also the shag cut, big curls, and lots of volume for Brigitte Bardot are back - see Heidi Klum!
Well, who recognizes the modern Victory Roll on actress Chloë Grace Moretz? Exactly! The curl is clearly vintage-inspired.
Headscarves also bring a vintage flair à la Grace Kelly to long hairstyles. Silk scarves have been a big hair accessory trend again since 2021. We love!
And now have a lot of fun re-styling!