1930s hairstyles: How to curl natural hair with Mini Marley

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Looking to learn how to curl natural hair for a 1930s bash this party season? Well, it’s your lucky day! As part of this month’s 100 Years of Party Hair series, our favourite naturalista Breanna (AKA Mini Marley) has channelled her inner silver screen starlet and created an elegant party updo hair tutorial, just for you.

This ’30s-inspired look features a charming mix of wondrous waves and modern hair accessories, making it the perfect go-to look for any natural hair beauty! So, go on, what are you waiting for? Watch the video tutorial above, or read on for our simple step-by-step guide, to nail this look yourself.

Mini Marley shows us how to curl natural hair


Prep your hair.

Before you start styling your 1930s updo, prep your hair by washing it with the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. This will help to nourish any dry and damaged ends, and make your hair appear more healthy.


Section and blow-dry your hair.

Next, to help prevent any heat damage caused by styling tools, and to smooth down any kinks, apply some VO5 Smoothly Does It Heat Protect Serum to your strands. Once you’ve done this, blowdry your hair, working on small sections at a time.


To do this, take a paddle brush and a hair dryer with a concentrator nozzle, and use them simultaneously to smooth your strands, until they’re relatively straight. Repeat this process on each section of hair until you’ve blow dried your whole head.




Part your hair.

For this glamorous ’30s-inspired updo, you’ll want to create a deep side parting using a comb.


Curl your hair.

Now it’s time to learn how to curl natural hair! First, you’ll want to section your hair into 1-2 inch wide portions, before wrapping each section of hair around a curling wand or tong, and holding it in place until it has fully curled. Then, release your curl and pin it to your head using a sectioning clip.


Let your curls cool.

After you’ve curled and pinned all of your hair, allow it to cool. Then unpin each curl to reveal gorgeous, vintage waves! If you find that your curls are too tight, you can use your fingers to gently loosen them, and make them appear more natural.




Pin your curls back.

Now pull your curls back to the lower part of your head, and pin them in place just above the nape of your neck. Then, move onto the front section: style this piece of your hair into a ’30s-inspired wavy fringe, and pin it into place to hold the shape.


Create a bun.

Now that you’ve pinned all of your curls back, fashion the bottom section into a bun shape, by gathering your curls together and using bobby pins to secure them into your updo position.


Final look: Set with spray.

For the final finishing touches, spritz your vintage ‘do with the TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray, and add a glitzy hair clip to either side of your look. Now, go forth and show off your glimmering, sultry updo!


See, learning how to curl natural hair into a stunning 1930s hairstyle isn’t as tricky as it seems, is it? For more classic, glamorous ‘dos, head on over to our Vintage Hairstyles page, where you’re guaranteed to find a whole host of new styling ideas!

Take a loo at Zoe Newloves Gatsby-inspired 1920s updo and if you’re after something a little more retro, you’ll definitely want to watch Away With The Fairies’ 1940s pin-up curl tutorial!