Rockabilly Hair: How to rock this retro look in school or the office

Aussy | 18 March 2018
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Recreate Elvis’ rockabilly hair with these hair styling ideas!

When you think of the Rockabilly Era, Elvis and the ‘50s comes to mind. Pompadours and curled bangs complement more daring silhouettes for women and the ubiquitous leather jacket for men. Rockabilly fashion is about standing out from the norm and that includes the ensembles you would probably find in film classics like Rebel Without A Cause and Grease.

With everything retro making all the rage, now you can sport your own version of rockabilly hair. Stand out with the height of your pompadour or play it down with sleek yet sexy curls that still manifests that you mean business. Because the rockabilly subculture was all about going against the norm at the time, have fun with the hair style and go crazy with colors even. Or keep it contemporary and subdued for more appropriate settings like the corporate workplace, but just enough to seep out that rebel child in you.

Rockabilly hairstyles for school or office

1. Soft curled horns

Want to exude an edgier look but not yet ready to take the leap? Use your charming femininity to your advantage and mix up that rockabilly ‘do with some soft curls to balance out your look. Curl a bunch of the front strands upwards (or twist them if curls seem too voluminous to your liking) and hold in place with hair spray. Opt to keep the back of your hair down in soft curls or in a big loose bun.

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Chic and elegant hair roll-ups. Credit: indigitalimages

Editor’s Tip: Keep the frizz at bay and get your hair to a glossy shine with a few applications of TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops.

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Winged curls can also be referred to as victory rolls. Credit: indigitalimages

2. Modern pompadour

When you mention a pompadour style cut in terms of rockabilly hair, the first image that comes to mind are the men of the rock and roll era with their tall hairdos. However, modern sensibilities no longer limit pompadours to men. The hairstyle complements women with short hair and glam up any evening look. Tease the front and hold it up with hair spray and you’ve got an eye-catching look for the rest of night.

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Put some volume towards the front and top of your hair to achieve this look. Credit: indigitalimages
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Curl the pomp and tie the rest of your hair into a low bun. Credit: indigitalimages

3. Kerchief updo

Looking for rockabilly hair that still looks neat yet emanates a very laid-back vibe? Rosie the Riveter, poster girl of the “We Can Do It” slogan is your hairspiration for this look. Mist your frontal strands or bangs (if they’re long enough) with hairspray, pull into an updo and tie it all in place with a cute scarf. It’s an effortless and chic look you can don from office to date night.

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A head full of (beauty} secrets. Credit: indigitalimages

Editor’s Tip: Want to recreate the modern beehive hairstyle? We have a step-by-step guide to help you out! Have a bottle of TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray nearby. You’re going to need it to tease your hair and give it grip for this  hairstyle.

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Cute easy hairstyle for travel: low bun + head scarf. Credit:

4. Retro glam

Exude a sexy yet feminine vibe with a pin-up girl-inspired hairstyle. This very ladylike look is all about the curls. Achieve the hairdo with a curling iron and misting your curls using hairspray. Hold everything together with a embellished barrette to truly give off that retro vibe.

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Throwback your look with these Marilyn Monroe curls. Credit: Shutterstock
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Flat on top, curly at the bottom.

Editor’s Tip: Make it look like your hairstyle was done by a pro. Spritz on some TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray and keep your curls in place.

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