Woman with her dark long her styled into Bardot ponytail

19 Fashionable Retro Hairstyles

Found: The retro hairstyles that everyone won't stop talking about.

Retro hairstyles are back for good — thanks to the many designers and celebs embracing all things vintage, but also down to the fact that some’dos just never go out of style.

So, if you’re ready to stylishly shake things up and try out a throwback ‘do (which has been given a modern twist), all it takes is to read on and see our top 19 fashionable vintage looks.

Retro rolled updo

Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of a woman with golden blonde short hair styled into a retro updo walking on the Julien Fournie runway
This is the hairstyle you should be rocking with leopard print. Credit: indigitalimages.com

If you haven’t invested in anything leopard print yet, you’ll feel seriously obliged to when you see just how well it goes with this simple retro updo.

With a singular victory roll pinned back into itself and a high bun, this look is all you need to help you feel like a retro queen.

Editor’s tip: Creating this look (or any other of the retro hairstyles mentioned in this edit) will be a breeze with the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray at hand.

This can be used before straightening or curling, and as a finishing touch afterwards to make your look picture-perfect.

Roll With Donut Bun

Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of a woman with natural blonde hair styled into a victory rolls bun updo, wearing blue at the Goodwood festival
Where victory roll meets bun, you get this! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Prefer your victory rolls to look a little more pronounced? Take style notes from this mane idol, who styles two standout victory rolls with a big donut bun.

Twisted Chignon

Woman with red hair styled into a retro twisted low bun
Credit: Rupert Laycock

You might not think it, but a chignon is a retro hairstyle, too. It’ll make you look the part for weddings and work alike.

Half-Up Rolled Hair

Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of a woman with medium brown long hair styled into a modern half-up, half-down rolled updo walking on the runway
Victory rolls can be wearable! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Looking for retro hairstyles that’ll allow you to show off your long lengths and keep things under wraps? Take on the working in style with this half-up, half-down rolled hairstyle.

Teased Bouffant

Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of a woman with natural blonde hair styled into a swept back quiff hairstyle on the runway
Pump up the volume! Credit: indigitalimages.com

When you mix a quiff with a bouffant, you get the most voluminous-looking (yet wearable) hairstyle ever. If you’re a fan of this plumped up ‘do, you really can’t go wrong with learning how to tease your hair.

Hollywood Waves

Woman with dark long hair styled into Hollywood Waves
Credit: All Things Hair UK.

Hollywood waves are one of the most replicated retro hairstyles around, and judging from this picture, it’s easy to see why! No matter the occasion, this classic style will make your mane feel ultra-glamorous.

Retro Swoop

Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of a woman with chocolate brown medium relaxed hair styled into a retro swoop on the Isabel Marant runway
Retro hairstyles can work for all hair types. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Ready to give your mane a quick vintage revamp? All you need to do is recreate this ’40s-inspired deep side parting. The best thing? It’s great for all hair types and an easy way for you to test drive a side-swept fringe.

Bob With Bangs

Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of a model with chestnut brown bob with bangs on the Isabel Marant runway
Louise Brooks’ retro look has had a revival. Credit: indigitalimages.com

When we think of the ’20s, we think of Louise Brooks and her precisely cut flapper bob with bangs. If you want to give this look a go in 2018, think of effortless, natural texture instead of sharp angles, as demonstrated here.

Choppy Shag

Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of a woman with a medium choppy shag haircut, wearing a choker on the Fenty Puma runway
Will you be trying this seasons fave cut? Credit: indigitalimages.com

Moving into trendsetter status will be a breeze with this ’70s/’90s-inspired shag hairstyle around. The question is: are you ready to take the plunge?

Editor’s tip: Mist the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray on your mane and choppy layers to help enhance them and keep frizz at bay.

Curly Fauxhawk

Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of a woman with light brown naturally curly hair styled into fauxhawk walking on the Isabel Marant runway
Because who doesn’t want to look a little fierce? Credit: indigitalimages.com

Retro hairstyles often feature waves and curls, so if you’ve been blessed with naturally curly hair, you’re in luck: because you can totally pull off this look with ease.

Instead of stiff curls, modernise these retro waves by running your fingers through your hair, to soften and separate your coils. Remember the more voluminous, the better.

Volumised Ponytail

Woman with her dark long her styled into Bardot ponytail
Credit: Rupert Laycock

The best retro hairstyle to team with a Bardot dress? A Bardot-inspired voluminous ponytail, of course.

Undone Half-Up Hair

Retro hairstyles: Close up back shot of a woman with long bronde hair styled into a half-up, half-down beehive, wearing a furry jacket and posing at the Goodwood festival
Messy hair is ultra-chic! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

This half-up, half-down beehive looks super effortless with textured, undone waves. With some winged liner and bold lip colour, you’ll be ready to convince those around you to give retro hairstyles a test run.

Finger Waves Ponytail

Retro hairstyles: Close up side shot of a model with dark blonde hair styled into a low ponytail with finger waves detailing. complete with bobby pins, wearing pink on Erdem runway
Put those bobby pins to good use. Credit: indigitalimages.com

A classic retro look, glamorous finger waves instantly conjure up images of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and all the fabulous parties of the time. 

But to put a twist on the traditional style, make your finger waves less rigid and more touchable, by gently brushing through them and then pairing them with a ponytail.

Ponytail With Scarf

Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of a woman with medium brown long hair styled into a retro ponytail with a scarf backstage at Goodwood festival
Give your ponytail a retro feel with a scarf. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If you’re obsessed with ponytails, why not try to recreate this easy and stylish work-ready look, now?

Disco Curls

Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of a woman with light brown medium hair styled into a big, voluminous waves walking on the Anja Gockel runway
Your night out hair will be sorted. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Go through with a curling iron to create these big, disco-ready curls. Push them to the side, like this, and you will be ready to make an unforgettable entrance at your next outing.

TRESemmé Botanique Curl Conditioning Mousse

Editor’s tip: What makes the TRESemmé Botanique Curl Conditioning Mousse the best mousse for retro hairstyles? It gives you natural-looking, sexy volume — all without weighing your mane down or leave it feeling stiff.


Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of a model on the Lenah Schek runway with a printed scarf wrapped around her hair
Grab a scarf and get going! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Scarf-adorned retro hairstyles have always been a catwalk favourite, as they’re a fun way to inject a bit of colour and add a playful spin to a simple bun or top knot.

Just tie yours into a bow on the side of your head for a feminine touch, and you’ll have a quirky look that’ll make second-day hair feel seriously chic.

Headwrap Updo

Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of a woman with dark brown hair styled into a beehive updo with a headwrap, wearing black and John Lennon style glasses at Goodwood festival
Bad hair day? Wrap it up. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

The best thing about retro hairstyles is that you can quickly make them look modern with the help of vintage accessories. This beauty has given her mini bouffant a fresh feel with a checked head wrap — and we seriously want to do the same!

Bandana Hair

Woman with sleek hair with a bandana wrapped around it
Credit: Verity Jane Smith

When in doubt, bandana it out. It’ll take any hairstyle from drab to vintage fab in a matter of seconds.

Hair Nets

Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of two women with sleek low buns topped with pillar box/beret style hats with net, backstage at Christian Dior
Ooze elegance with this hair net. Credit: indigitalimages.com

A swift way to channel Grace Kelly vibes? By pairing a polished low bun with a pillbox beret, complete with netting detail to really dial up mane drama.

Psst! All Things Hair are going to be at Goodwood Revival at Betty’s Salon, so don’t forget to come say hello!

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