How to Make Vintage Waves for Short Hair

Glam up your bob or lob with vintage waves for short hair. Check out this tutorial to learn how to create this hairstyle.
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We understand the struggles of styling your short hair. While it is easy to style and maintain, there are times when you want to experiment with a new ‘do. And if you feel you’re stuck with same look, day by day, here’s some good news for you. Introducing, the vintage waves for short hair! If you want a huge change from how you usually wear your hair, creating vintage waves is a good way to start. In fact, you can do it in several easy steps. Interested? Go on and discover how you can style your short hair with beautiful waves.

Step 1

Wash your hair

Prep your hair with a good wash using shampoo and conditioner to help nourish it and make it more bouncy. For this vintage waves for short hair tutorial, use Dove Oxygen and Nourishment Shampoo and Dove Oxygen and Nourishment Conditioner to help enhance your hair’s natural volume.

vintage waves for short hair: girl is holding up a bottle of shampoo
Step 2

Protect from heat

After drying your hair, apply a few spritzes of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray to protect your hair from the heat.

Asian girl is spraying heat protection mist
Step 3

Divide and conquer

Then, divide your hair into two horizontal sections and clip the upper section.

vintage waves for short hair: girl's back is shown to reveal her sectioned hair
Step 4

Start curling

Curl the lower section of your hair, one small section at a time. Use a curling wand with a small barrel to achieve the right size of vintage waves for short hair. Make sure to curl your hair inward.


model is curling the bottom section of hair
Step 5

Tease your hair

After curling the entire lower section, tease your hair one section at a time to add volume and body to your curls.

vintage waves for short hair: Girl is shown teasing the bottom section of her hair
Step 6


Spray a few spritzes of TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray on your curls to make them last long.

vintage waves for short hair: girl's back is shown as she sprays hairspray on the lower section of her hair
Step 7

Make it smooth

Smooth out your hair using a teasing comb.

girl is smoothing out her teased lower section of hair
Step 8

Remove hair from the clip

Unclip a small section of hair but clip the rest back on.

vintage waves for short hair: girl is removing her hair clamp
Step 9

Curl your hair

Wrap one section of your hair around the curling wand and curl inward. 

vintage waves for short hair: model is shown curling the top section of her hair
Step 10

Curl your entire hair

Repeat this step until all sections of your hair have been curled to finish creating vintage waves for short hair.

vintage waves for short hair: model is shown curling the top section of her hair
Step 11

Add more volume

Tease and spritz hairspray on your hair to give it volume.

vintage waves for short hair: girl is teasing the top section of her hair.
Step 12

Clip your curls

Shape your vintage waves using duck bill clips. Add these clips on the left and right sides of your hair.

Girl is placing duckbill clips on her hair
Step 13


Spray TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray on your hair again to help hold the shape of your vintage waves.

vintage waves for short hair: Girl is seen spraying hairspray on her hair
Step 14

Remove the clips

Remove the clips and see how defined your vintage waves for short hair are.

#Hairhack: Spritz hairspray again on your hair and use your hairspray bottle to smoothen out flyaways. Repeat this hack on the other side of your hair.

Girl has removed her clips and is spraying more hairspray on her hair
Step 15


You’re all done and your vintage waves for short hair are ready. Now, you’re all set for a party, night-out, or any event that needs you to glam up. 

Girl looks pretty with her new hairstyle

Did you see how easy that was? You can do this hairstyle by yourself even if you’re just a hairstyling newbie. Just have the right tools and products ready, follow these steps slowly but surely, and most importantly, have fun styling your hair!

Experiment with your short hair and discover how easily you can style it. Prove naysayers wrong by styling it in more ways than one. Check out these fab hairstyles for your short mane.

1. Asymmetrical Long Pixie

How to make vintage waves for short hair: Asian woman in a red top looks at the camera with her asymmetrical hair
Stand out from the rest with an asymmetrical hairstyle. Credit: Shutterstock

We all love the pixie cut because it suits most face shapes. But more than that, it is a great hairstyle that you can style in different ways and one of them is the asymmetrical cut. With one side shorter and the other one covering a part of your face, it creates the look of mystery and sophistication. Though most perfect for oval-shaped face, it can also be worn on a round face as the longer part balances the width of the face.

2. Bouncy Beach Waves

How to make vintage waves for short hair: Girl is a blue dress holds a section of her wavy hair as she looks at the camera
Gotta love the allure beach waves bring. Credit: Hariono Halim

Waves are literally making waves among Pinays these days and that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Who can resist the light and bouncy feel of wavy hair against your shoulders? It’s the perfect look for an evening at a posh restaurant or beachside gazebo that doesn’t make you worry about getting a wind-messed look.

Editor’s tip: When styling with heat-styling tools, protect your hair with VO5 Heat Protect Spray Enjoy smooth, shiny, and bouncy waves every time. 

3. Headband Braid

How to make vintage waves for short hair: Girl with short curly hair is smiling at the camera while her hand is slightly touching her hair
Wear your own hair as a headband. Credit: Hariono Halim

If you’re a fan of braids, then, you’ll absolutely love this headband braid hairstyle. All you need is mastery of braiding your own hair and doing it from the top of your hairline, going down to one side to form your headband. It’s a great hairstyle that keeps your hair off your face while still leaving enough volume of hair loose for a touch of femininity.

4. Pixie Cut with Sideswept Bangs

Girl is a formal attire wearing sunglasses poses outdoor
Strike a pose with a nice pixie cut. Credit: Shutterstock

Heart-shaped faces will definitely look fab in this style of pixie. The long side-swept bangs disguise a wide forehead but keep a sexy and pointy chin visible. It is versatile–make it sleek for work and evening affairs or messy for casual events and a relaxed vibe. Accentuate your hair with a pair of hoop or dangling earrings and you’re ready to conquer the world!

5. Straight and Beautiful Bob

How to make vintage waves for short hair: Asian girl wearing a denim jacket and short straight hair looks out the window
A short and straight bob looks classic. Credit: Shutterstock

Make your chin-length bob super fab by making it super straight with a part in the middle. Use a roller brush to make it curve inward as you let it dry. Square and round-shaped faces can benefit greatly from this hairstyle because the sides cover a small portion of your face, creating the illusion of narrower cheeks.

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair straight and frizz-free all day with a coin-size drop of Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream. You can enjoy your day knowing that your hair will stay immaculately straight. 

Style your short hair and show the world that anything is possible with creativity and effort.



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