12 Vintage Hairstyles That Still Look Elegant Today

These vintage hairstyles will help you nail that classic, elegant look.  

Vintage trends always tend to come back again and again. In fact, a lot of today’s modern-day trends are heavily influenced by past styles that have been reinterpreted into contemporary versions. The same goes for vintage hairstyles. They are representative of the highlights of each decade when it comes to music, fashion, and entertainment. These vintage hairstyles give us a peek into the different eras and what makes each one unique and truly fascinating.

If you’re in need of new ideas to style your hair, just a good look at the vintage hairstyles that reigned supreme in the past. Granted, those curls and updos require a bit of work—they’re not exactly no-fuss, low-maintenance styles—but oh boy, are they pretty! Check them out in this roundup of vintage looks.

1. Vintage Bob

Vintage hairstyles: Asian woman with vintage short bob wearing a sleeveless white top
Glamour is the name of the game in ’20s seen in the vintage bob. Credit: Natasha Estelle

It’s all about the glitz and the glamour back in the roaring ’20s, as well as the chic bob. There were different types of bobs that were popularized back in that decade, and one way to wear this short haircut is by creating glam waves. Then, chic accessories like bejeweled headpieces were added to dial up the glitz.

Editor’s tip: Make your vintage waves and curls last long by spritzing TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Extend Hold Hairspray all over your hair after styling. It gives your hair an all-day hold that’s humidity-resistant, so your hair won’t fall flat. 

2. Soft Pinned Curls

Vintage hairstyles: Asian woman with pinned curls hairstyle wearing an off-shoulder dress
Romantic waves and curls defined the 1930s. Credit: Hariono Halim

Romantic waves were all the rage during the ’30s. Among the most popular hairstyles were soft pinned curls, which are characterized by a deep side part, straight hair at the top, and soft and luscious curls at the bottom. This hairstyle signifies a less uptight style compared to the previous decade.

3. Finger Waves

Vintage hairstyles - Finger waves Credit: Shutterstock
Finger waves add volume to a short bob. Credit: Shutterstock

Finger waves form small, defined ‘s’ near your scalp, and are perfect for framing the face. It was the trademark ‘do of the ‘roaring ‘20s. Up the vintage-chic factor by wearing it with a beret.

4. Pin-up curls

Asian woman with curly vintage hair wearing a black top
Elegant waves and curls have always been in. Credit: Natasha Estelle

This is one of the most popular vintage hairstyles: glamorous pin-up curls. This was the ‘do of choice of the most famous back then. Today, they’re also called Hollywood waves and are perfect for formal events.

Editor’s tip: Curling your hair using heated tools like curling irons and curling wands can damage your hair. Help your hair recover by using Dove Keratin Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It has keratin-infused serum capsules that go deep into your hair to repair damage from within. 

5. Bouffant

Christmas party hairstyles: Asian woman with long black hair in bouffant hairstyle wearing a black long-sleeved dress
Wear a headband that contrasts well with your hair to complement your bouffant hairstyle.

To achieve it, you simply have to roll sections of your hair near the crown upward, forming what can be best described as a “pouf,” and pin the sections in place. Style it with full bangs for proper ‘60s flair.

6. Beehive

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Spell glam with a voluminous vintage hairstyle.

The beehive is the bouffant’s taller, bolder cousin. It was not afraid to make a statement, making it the hairstyle of choice of legendary movie stars and iconic fiction characters alike. This hairstyle requires teasing your locks, and it’s easier to tease your locks when you have second-day hair.

Editor’s tip: Nail voluminous hairstyles with the help of TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Boost Hold Hairspray. It gives your hair an all-day hold that’s still brushable, so it won’t leave your hair stiff. 

7. Victory Rolls

Vintage hairstyles: Asian woman with long dark hair in victory rolls
Nail a vintage look with gorgeous victory rolls.

Believe it or not, this hairstyle became popular during the war years—proof that the most beautiful things can have the strangest, saddest beginnings. It just happened to be a great style for keeping hair away from your face while working, a big consideration for women of that era. We’re sure the fact that it’s such a pretty style helped boost its popularity as well!

8. Flipped-out short bob

Flipped-out short bob: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with short black hair wearing a yellow dress against a blue background
It’s time to bring back this classic hairstyle.

Another iconic ‘do during the ‘60s is the flipped-out short bob. This short hairstyle spells proper, polished, and in control. If you’re feeling extra, add some volume by teasing the hair on your crown.

9. Pin-up hair

Pin up hair: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with pin up hair singing with fairy lights in the background
Don’t have a big bow? Tie a scarf bow-style around your head to nail this hairstyle.

Big bows on your hair were a hit back in your mom’s or tita’s day! A wide scarf paired with oversized shades gives off a glamorous, leisurely vibe, while a slim ribbon with a fun print adds a dose of preppy playfulness to your look.

10. Gibson roll

Vintage hairstyles - Gibson roll Credit: Shutterstock
Vintage hairstyles – Gibson roll Credit: Shutterstock

The Gibson roll (or tuck) is another vintage hairstyle that’s still just as beautiful today. You can wear it to almost any occasion, but it especially works during formal events. The Gibson roll is loveliest with frizz-free and silky strands.

11. Textured French Bob

Asian woman with textured French bob hairstyle smiling
This hairstyle can help add volume to short, thin hair. Credit: Dennie Ramon

A French bob is typically cut at chin-length and worn with full, blunt bangs. You can update it by adding texture to your bob. Curl your hair one small section using a curling iron with a small barrel. Then, loosen the curls to make your hairstyle more relaxed by finger-combing your hair.

12. Vintage Retro Ponytail

Asian woman with a vintage ponytail hairstyle
This simple vintage hairstyle never fails to impress. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Glam up a regular ponytail by adding a vintage twist. Gather a section of your hair on your crown and tease it to add volume. Then, light brush your hair to smoothen it and tie it into a ponytail just above your nape. Wrap a section of hair around your hair tie and secure it with a bobby pin for a sleek, polished look.

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