10 easy vintage hairstyles perfect for beginners

Prepare to fall in love with these easy vintage hairstyles!

Finding it tricky to pick out a new hairstyle to try? Instead of facing yet another boring hair day (because ain’t nobody got time for that!), why not take a trip down memory lane by trying some easy vintage hairstyles?

These lovely, easy vintage hair looks have stood the test of time, so we can guarantee they’ll take your mane game up a new notches.

10 easy vintage hair looks you can do yourself

easy vintage hairstyles: close up shot of model on the Michael Costello runway with glamorous Hollywood waves, wearing all black
Hollywood will be calling, that is, if you decide to try this ‘do out. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Old Hollywood waves

You may or may not have heard of Veronica Lake, but we’re pretty sure you’re familiar with the vintage hairstyle that she made popular: Hollywood waves.

They’re undeniably glamorous and a fail-safe way to boost your hair’s charm. Want to try out this silver screen look? Then check out our quick video tutorial.

easy vintage hairstyles: close up shot of model on the rachel zoe runway, with long hair and a baby braid, wearing furry jacket and denim dress
Weave some baby plaits in your mane for major boho vibes. Credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Accent braid

If you’re looking to make a subtle statement with your straight hair, this is the easy vintage hair look you should copy. Yep, one bold accent braid is all you need to give your hair a boho, ’70s feel.

Editor’s tip: Do your locks tend to fall on the finer side? You can easily plump up your accent plait with the TONI&GUY Root Lift Sculpting Powder.

Simply dust it over your braid after you’ve weaved it, then pancake it (gently pull apart each section of the braid) and prepare to be amazed by how full and texturised it looks.

easy vintage hair ideas: close up shot of model on the Issa runway with Jackie O-inspired swept-back strands, wearing blue dress
If it’s good enough for Jackie O, it’s good enough for you. Credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Jackie Kennedy hair

Fancy yourself as the next First Lady? Do your best impression of Jackie Kennedy with this blow-dried, swept-back ‘do.

Not only will this sophisticated, voluminous style make you feel like a complete #girlboss, and on a more practical level, it will keep your mane up and off your face too.

easy vintage hairstyles: close up shot of model on the diane von furstenberg runway with brushed out pin curls, with floral hair accessory, wearing yellow dress
Whether you’ve got relaxed strands or straight ones, pin curls will work. Credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Pin curls

When it comes to easy vintage hairstyles, pin curls are one of our absolute faves because they’re super-cute and work for all hair types.

With this playful ‘do at hand, you’ll be the retro queen of any occasion — especially if you accessorise the look with some flowers.

Next read: 17 curly updos you need to try now.

easy vintage hairstyles: backstage shot of model with a vintage messy updo with a printed scarf, wearing all black and posing
This vintage hair updo will legit take you 5 seconds. Credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Scarf updo

Got a more casual event to attend and don’t want to look too ‘done up’ but still want to look great at the same time? Add a printed scarf to your go-to messy updo and you’ll be seriously ready to #slay.

easy vintage hairstyles: close up shot of model on the ashish runway with 60s style volumised bun updo, wearing pink dressing grown and sparkly slip dress
This vintage hair updo will make you feel like Brigitte Bardot. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Bardot bun

What’s one of the easiest ways to make a standard top knot into something retro-chic? By teasing it to Bardot-worthy perfection, of course.

And luckily for you, this easy vintage hair idea can be master with our quick tutorial. Ooh la la!

Editor’s tip: As we’ve said before, texture is everything when it comes to getting the French Girl look we all love. So, if you’re naturally lacking in that department, we suggest you get your hands on the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray, pronto.

A quick blast of this into your roots will revive your mane and also give you the perfectly-imperfect texture needed to create this ’60s look.

easy vintage hairstyles: close up shot of woman with low, teased ponytail, wearing plaid dress walking on the runway
There’s a reason why this look never goes out of style. Credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Preppy ponytail

We all love a good ponytail but if you really want to make yours stand out, you’ll need to take notes from this gorgeous fashion week style, above.

Just add a little volume and texture to quickly take your mane to cool girl-worthy heights.

easy vintage hairstyles: close up shot of model on the valentino runway with Gibson tuck-inspired hair, with flowers in it, wearing all black
This floral Gibson tuck will see you through festival season. Credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Low rolled updo

You won’t have to spend hours on your hair every morning with this romantic, rolled vintage hair updo in your life.

Whether you’re attending a festival or an outdoor wedding, this dazzling, easy vintage hair ‘do will ensure you look the part. Anyone else getting A Midsummer Night’s Dream vibes?

vintage hair updo: backstage shot of model with vintage half-up, half-down twist hairstyle
Do the twist! Credit: indigitalimages.com

9. The twist

Bold and high-impact, this vintage hairstyle can practically be done in less than 5 minutes – no joke. With a relaxed, voluminous quiff at the front, this look immediately gives an edgy, rockabilly touch to your look while giving you the option to leave your hair down or style it up.

easy vintage hairstyles: close up shot of model on the runway with a half-up, half down bouffant hairstyle, wearing a checked dress
When it comes to easy vintage hairstyles, the half-up bouffant is our fave. Credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Half-up, half-down bouffant

Looking for easy vintage hairstyles that’ll allow you to show off your lush lengths? Well, this chic, half-up, half-down bouffant certainly won’t disappoint.

This dramatic, party-perfect hairstyle is all you need to transport you back to the swinging sixties. Watch our video tutorial to get the look at home.

TRESemme Ultimate Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: Finish up your beautiful bouffant with a quick all-over spritz of the TRESemmé Ultimate Shine Hold Hairsprayto ensure your half-up hairstyle lasts all day.




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