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13 Vintage Hairstyles to be Inspired by This Summer


While beauty is often about the latest trend, when it comes to your hair it can be prudent to look back in time to find inspiration. From Vivien Leigh’s signature frizzy curls in Gone With The Wind to Twiggy’s pixie crop and a retro take on wet-look hair, these are the vintage hairstyles to be inspired by this summer.

Audrey’s Beehive
Audrey Hepburn knew how to achieve a flawless up-do and none is more famed than her elegant beehive in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Whether you choose to adorn your hair with a statement accessory this summer is up to you.


Bettie’s bangs
The original pin-up girl, Bettie Page was known for her short, blunt fringe, which would still look modern today. If you’re tempted, here’s everything you need to know before getting a fringe cut in.


The Bardot
Brigitte Bardot was famous for her textured bedhead styles and this look is also a practical hot weather option, as it keeps your tresses off your neck.


Cicely’s conrows
Cornrows and other types of braids can be a practical and chic way to style your hair throughout the summer, by keeping it off your face. Be inspired by the actress Cicely Tyson.


Diana’s ‘fro
The Black Power Movement saw natural hair become both politicised and more popular, with celebrities like Diana Ross embracing the Afro. Discover the hairstylist Charlotte Mensah’s advice on styling Afro hair here.


Farrah’s flicks
To get hair like a Charlie’s Angel, we recommend you use plenty of volumising mousse, teamed with some backcombing and loose waves that flick out. The definition of 1970s power hair.


Gloria’s finger waves
Take inspiration from Gloria Swanson’s 1920s finger wave curls and you can transform the look of sea- (or swimming pool-) damp hair into a style that’s far more glamorous.


Jennifer’s perm
Perms were big business in the ’80s but tight, corkscrew curls have slowly made their way back as a beauty trend. Let Jennifer Grey’s Dirty Dancing hairstyle be your guide. Just remember to pair it with modern make-up.


Josephine’s flapper hair
Josephine Baker’s signature flapper girl style is the ultimate example of flawless wet-look hair. You can find a modern take on slicked-back hair from the catwalk here – just don’t forget to invest in hair gel.


Madonna’s accessories
Vintage Madonna is all about big hair that’s full of texture and often accessorized with big velvet bows or hair wraps. It’s a style that would work perfectly for the beach.



Veronica’s peek-a-boo waves
Sleek, peek-a-boo waves were Veronica Lake’s signature hairstyle and will make your locks look super shiny and healthy. Use lots of shine spray and a straightening iron (rather than curlers) to recreate the style.


Vivien’s curls. Vivien Leigh, as Scarlet O’Hara in Gone With The Wind, always looked radiant with her loose curls – and this look is particularly good for summer as frizz is encouraged. Follow the actress’ example and roll-back the hair closest to your face to frame it.



From Harper’s Bazaar UK

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