Retro hairstyles are back with a bang. On the catwalks and on the high street, women are now sporting the glamorous curls and soft waves of times past.
Pin-up Glamour with Bobs and Curls
Scarlett Johansson wears one of the most classic retro hairstyles – the faux bob – beautifully. This 1920s look is great in the warmer months when you want to keep your hair off your neck but still look feminine and glamorous. To achieve this hairstyle, first apply some thickening cream to your towel-dried, damp hair and then blow dry. Then create a side parting and begin to separate your hair into sections of about one inch. Taking a curling iron and curl each section. Then turn the end of each curl in towards your head and clip underneath.
Dita Von Teese is the very epitome of old-school glamour and her hair is always impeccable. You can copy her hair style. To begin, blow-dry your freshly washed hair and make a deep side parting. Use hot rollers to create voluminous curls, making sure that the rollers are positioned vertically rather than horizontally. Wait for about 20 minutes, then remove the rollers and apply a serum to create some shine. As a final touch, roll and pin the front section of hair to the temple.
Messy waves and visible roots are out. Instead, women are now taking a leaf out of Kate Winslet’s book and using things such as heated hair appliances and Wella Colour Touch to ensure they always look immaculate. Kate Winslet is often seen sporting casual, gently waved hair but lately she’s been spotted with beautiful curled and set hair which is reminiscent of the hairstyles of the 1950s. To get the look at home, begin with damp, towel-dried hair and apply a mousse designed to thicken the hair. Spread the mousse evenly throughout the hair strands. Part the hair over to one side and blow-dry it using a rounded brush to add volume. After it’s dry, divide the hair into wide sections of about two inches. Using a curling iron, take each section and curl it but remember to only curl about five inches away from the base of the head.
Retro with a Contemporary Twist
Nobody does the rolled fringe quite like VV Brown. Of late, she’s been seen combining two classic styles – the French twist and the rolled fringe of the 1940s. To copy this look, take a medium-sized section of hair from the front of your head. Use a hot roller to gently roll the section of hair back to the scalp. As the roller is cooling, backcomb the hair near your crown and then pull the hair back, as if you’re making a ponytail. Twist this hair in on itself until you have a sleek French twist. Secure with a few pins. Remove the roller from the front section and roll the hair back and again pin into place.
Claudia Schiffer is a style icon for many. These days, her perfectly highlighted locks are often seen styled into soft, retro-style waves which fall along her face. This flattering look is easily achieved. Begin with unwashed hair and apply a serum to create shine. Side-part the hair and take a section of about five inches from the front on the thicker side of the hair parting. Curl this front section with a curling iron and then gently brush it out to create soft waves. Tie the rest of the hair into a sleek low bun because this look is focused entirely on the long, waved side-fringe.
Picture – D Sharon Pruitt