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 In the Roaring 20s, long locks became outdated as shorter bobs came into fashion, and then curls took the spotlight during the 30s and 40s, until finding themselves back on the ends of bobs during the mod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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for softer throwback hairstyle inspiration? Check out these gorgeous Victorian hairstyles to glam up any affair!