Its all about hair today..vintage hair to be exact! I remember it was the vintage hairstyles of the 1950's I fell in love with first when I was starting off on my quest. I have been contemplating whether to start a channel on YouTube for tutorials because I do get quite a few questions regarding hair! I think it's something everyone can try out and enjoy since I know people are sometimes not too keen on wearing 'old' vintage clothes. In the meantime, whilst I contemplate whether to set up a channel ,I have compiled a list of my top 5 vintage hairstyles to recreate. Whether it be for a special occasion or a simple day out, there is a style fit for each one..
Hair in the 1950's
Hair dos became much more intricate and glamorous in their designs. Women, especially those in their late teens, of the 1950s wouldn’t be caught dead with straight hair. Instead, they would aspire to short soft curls.
Hair driers were rare back then, so women used pin rollers and rag curls to create luscious curls overnight. Idols such as Veronica Lake were very much responsible for this fascination. However, girls who weren’t so blessed with curls turned to permanent home treatments which became widely available due to demand. Curly locks were truly the foundation to nearly all hair styles of the 1950’s.
Made popular by Lucille Ball, the poodle cut was a feminine approach to framing the face along with creating a teased effect. The style would require expensive salon treatments which women were more than willing to pay for. It was known as an indulgence but was thought to be well worth the price if done right.
Ponytails were hugely popular amongst teenage girls. They became popular during the introduction of Rock & Roll and are still around in the modern day. Loose hair would be smoothed down and loose curls were introduced at the back. The hair would be secured with elastic band and finished off with a light chiffon scarf.
This has got to my all time favourite. Also known as Bettie Bangs, after the pinup Bettie Page, faux bangs were a staple hairstyle of the time. They could be teamed with other hairstyles such as victory rolls and the ponytail. Once again, they required an ample amount of bobby pins and hairspray to achieve the best effect.
This particular ‘craze’ was part of the rockabilly movement of the era and consists of two structured rolls on the top of the head. They got their name from a fighter-plane manoeuvre that was used during World War II. In turn women adopted the name for their up do to express the gratitude they had for the fighting war heroes. These trademark victory rolls required a large amount of hairspray, back combing and hair grips. Despite modern advances in styling technology, they're still pretty hard to do!
|Pinup Doll Ashley Marie|
It wasn’t only the women who experimented with new styles. Men also got in on the act with styles such as the Tony Curtis. Boys would slick back their hair using Brilliantine to create a wavy quiff style teamed with long sideburns. The hair would then be brushed back and finished off with a comb to create a centre, at the back of the head, which resembled a DA or “Duck’s Arse”.
What is your favourite vintage hairstyle to recreate? Did I miss you out any from the top 5?
Jess-Lady of Vintage x