1920s: Zoe Newlove’s glamorous Gatsby-inspired curly updo

Give your short hair a party-perfect '20s twist.

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Before we show you how to curl short hair like a pro, we’ve got an announcement: one of our favourite beauty vloggers Zoe Newlove is back (yay!), and is the first to take part in our brand new and exclusive 100 Years of Party Hair series.

And seeing as party season is in full swing, it’s only fair we share ALL the details with you on this fabulous series. Eight amazing All Things Hair ambassadors (including the lovely Zoe!) have been given a sparkly box filled with must-have hair products and challenged to recreate some of the most iconic party hairstyles from the last 10 decades.

So, if you have short hair like Zoe, this is the tutorial you won’t want to miss. Why? Well, not only will she be showing you how to curl short hair, she’s also channeling the opulent spirit of the roaring ’20s with this gorgeous Gatsby-inspired ‘do, which we know you ladies with short manes will definitely want to rock come Christmas and New Year. So, watch the video above to see Zoe in action, or scroll down to see our step-by-step guide for more details.

How to curl short hair with Zoe Newlove


Wash and blow-dry.

Begin by washing your hair with the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, to help make your hair appear silkier, look shinier and more nourished. Once you’ve done this, blow-dry your hair until it’s straight.


Section and curl.

Now that your hair is dry, grab a pair of straighteners. Take a 1-2 inch-wide section of hair, and starting from halfway down, feed your strands through them.

The trick is to keep the curl going in the same direction, so twist the straighteners away from your face, so that your hair is gently wrapped around it. Then, pull your straighteners down until you reach the ends. This should leave you with a nice, bouncy curl.


Apply serum and tease curls.

After you’ve finished curling your hair, run the VO5 Smoothly Does It Heat Protect Serum through your mane. This shine-inducing serum will leave your hair feeling touchably-soft and make it easier for you to brush your hair, too. So, take a brush and gently tease your curls to make them a little looser.


Accessorize and secure with bobby pins.

Now, to really get into the Gatsby spirit, take your favourite accessory (one that’s stretchy, preferably) and apply it over your head so that it sits stretched at the top of your forehead, just below your hairline.

Then, gather small sections of hair at the front, twist them upwards and using the hairband as guide, secure your hair with bobby pins. Continue tucking all of the loose hair upwards into the headband until you’ve formed an updo. Finish with a spritz of the TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray.


Final look.

Et voila! Now you know how to curl short hair and how to create a glam Gatsby-inspired ‘do, there are no more excuses not to get all dolled up for the next party you’re going to.

And there you have it! When you have completed your own flapper girl 1920s look, don’t forget to post us a picture of the finished look to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #100YEARSxHOLIDAYHAIR!

Loved this glamorous updo? Then don’t forget to check out which 1930s hairstyle Mini Marley has created, and the luscious pin-curls by Away With The Fairies!