These retro hairstyles are making a chic comeback

Aussy | 28 February 2018

Good news for us, these vintage crowning glories are making a comeback, and will take you from day to night.

Looking back at the old photos of our mothers, aunts, and even stars that reigned during their time, one wonders how they had all the time and energy to look that good from top down. But the secret to their gorgeous style was really their retro hairstyles!

Every era had their fair share of retro hairstyles to offer. In the Roaring 20s, long locks became outdated as shorter bobs came into fashion, and then curls took the spotlight during the 30s and 40s, until finding themselves back on the ends of bobs during the mod 60s. The 70s and 80s took volume to a whole new level while the 90s went 180 degrees and featured straight hair that went hand in hand with the grunge subculture. Nowadays, trends are circling faster than they would have so the only sensible thing is to embrace them and choose from a roster of retro hairstyles to complement your mood and look for the day, because these vintage ‘dos are making a huge comeback.

Retro hairstyles to try today

1. Bobs and shingles

The 1920s retro hairstyles became iconic for the shockingly short hair that succeeded its 19th century counterparts. Bobs with bangs and tapered backs (shingle cut, it was called) made their way into the silent film era while flapper girls added a feminine touch with finger waves despite the short length. Retro hairstyles like bobs make a sleek corporate look that can be accentuated with bejeweled headpieces (or cute bobby pin hairstyles!) for some night time wanderings.

Try:

bob short straight hair retro hairstyles
Look posh with these blunt bangs and short, edgy bob. Credit: shutterstock

Editor’s Tip: Slick on some TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops to keep lasting lustre on your locks. It also keeps the frizzes at bay and puts the focus on the gloss.

TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops
bob cut featuring curly hair with bangs
A curly version of a blunt bob + blunt bangs hairstyle. Credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Elegant Waves

Waves display a more effeminate side to a woman’s style, with curls giving a softer quality to the face. In the 30s and 40s, waves even reached the top of the head as a “victory roll.” This bouffant can be hacked by just combing hair over your crown and folding it back in to create that puff of hair. Hold it in place with the magic of hairspray such as TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray and of course, an adorable clip.

Try:

Jenny Packham New York Fall 2012
These victory rolls get a modern update. Credit: indigitalimages.com
Peter Jensen London Fall 2012 retro hairstyles
Soften your look with waves. Credit: indigitalimages
Dries Van Noten SS 2016 retro hairstyles
Wear a puff with your hair down for a stylish take on retro hairstyles. Credit: indigitalimages

3. Mods and pageboy cuts

Twiggy sparked a whole new wave of short-haired chicks in the 60s while Goldie Hawn traded her golden locks for a pageboy cut that actually suited her really well. Try a new look with much shorter hair that exudes a more modern vibe. And don’t be shy to try variations—from slick back looks to a layered bob.

Try:

Antonio Berardi London Fall 2012 retro hairstyles mod hair
Mod hair is always in fashion. Credit: indigitalimages

Editor’s Tip: Keep your hair straight and sleek with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo, which is formulated to make your hair more manageable. It will make your hair easier to style and leave it with less frizz, too.

Issa London London Fall 2012 pageboy haircut retro hairstyles
Bring back the retro hairstyle with the pageboy haircut. Credit: indigitalimages
Portrait of Young Attractive Woman with beehive hairstyle retro hairstyles
Embrace the retro chic look with this beehive hairstyle. Credit: iStock

4. Fringe benefits

If curls aren’t your thing or seem too tasking for a quick hairdo for the day, try a fringe. These retro hairstyles look great with long straight hair and equally lengthy bangs. Channel Joni Mitchell with a cut that features layered bangs cascading into long straight hair.

model with shaggy bob retro hairstyles
Shaggy bob fringe

Editor’s Tip: Keep the natural volume of your hair by using the Dove Oxygen & Nourishment Conditioner. Even fine, flat hair gets a good bounce because this volumizing conditioner doesn’t weigh it down.

how to pull off short bangs and retro hairstyles
Mini bangs require mini tools. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Editor’s Tip: Wear your hair down, but not flat! Apply some TONI&GUY Matte Texture Dry Shampoo to give your locks some texture. Just shake then spritz on your roots. Let it settle, then spread throughout your strands with your hands to mattify and style.

girl with heart-shaped face and bangs on the runway retro hairstyles
Go for long, choppy fringe if you have a heart-shaped face. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Looking for softer throwback hairstyle inspiration? Check out these gorgeous Victorian hairstyles to glam up any affair!

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