10 Vintage Hairstyles that still Look Elegant Today

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

In need of hair inspiration? Just look at the past and see how great hair back then was! Try one of these vintage ‘dos, and you might just fall in love with it!

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. Ever looked at the old photos of your lola and thought, ‘wow, they had such great hair back then’? 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 it out!

1. Finger waves

Vintage hairstyles - Finger waves Credit: Shutterstock
Vintage hairstyles – Finger waves 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, and we’re pretty sure your lola wore them back in the day!

2. Pin-up curls

Vintage hairstyles - Pin-up curls Credit: Shutterstock
Vintage hairstyles – Pin-up curls Credit: Shutterstock

Another sultry and one of the most popular vintage hairstyles: glamorous pin-up curls. This was the ‘do of choice of the most famous back in the day, which means that you could totally rock this, too.



Editor’s tip: Achieve the look with a curling iron, and don’t forget to use a heat protectant like TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist beforehand to keep your locks in top shape without damaging your hair

3. 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.


4. 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 ‘do requires teasing your locks, and it’s easier to tease your locks when you have second-day hair.



Editor’s tip: Refresh your hair with TONI&GUY Matte Texture Dry Shampoo, which gives your tresses extra texture.

5. 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!

6. 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 feminine hairstyle spells proper, polished, and in-control. If you’re feeling extra, play it up (literally) and put the hair on your crown in a bouffant for added glam.



Editor’s tip: Keep the ends curled to perfection with a spritz of TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray. It’s also weather-proof to keep your style in place, rain or shine!

7. 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.

8. 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.



Editor’s tip: Use products that cleanses your hair without leaving it dry like Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Shampoo and Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Conditioner. Dry it, style it, then add a sparkly clip or some fresh flowers for romantic flair!

9. Bumper bangs

Vintage hairstyles - Bumper bangs Credit: Shutterstock
Vintage hairstyles – Bumper bangs Credit: Shutterstock

Bumper bangs are another war-time hair necessity that became all the rage. The best part is that you don’t need to get actual bangs for this ‘do! If you have long locks, you can just roll your hair inwards to achieve a volumized look.

10. ‘60s Bob

Vintage hairstyles - ‘60s Bob
Vintage hairstyles – ‘60s Bob Credit: Shutterstock

Now here’s a hairdo that still looks on trend until now. The bob controversially burst into the scene in the flapper era, when long hair was still the top notion of femininity. It reached the peak of its popularity during the ‘60s, complementing the era’s mod fashion wonderfully. Go for a chin-length crop with full bangs for the height of retro chic.



Editor’s tip: Achieve a sleek and shiny hairstyle by smoothening Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream to your hair after styling.



Next read: Do you fancy vintage hairstyles? Check out these modern inspirations for the good ol’ bowl cut for women.





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