16 fresh and fashionable retro hairstyles

Amra | 10 September 2018

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

Retro hairstyles are back for good — thanks to many designers 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 12 fashionable vintage looks.

16 fashionable looks that prove retro hairstyles are here to stay


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

1. Retro rolled updo

If you haven’t invested in anything leopard print yet, you’ll feel seriously obliged to when you see just how well it teams 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.

VO5 Tame & Shine Spray

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.

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

2. Retro rolls + donut bun

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.

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

3. Half-up, half-down victory roll

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.

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

4. Teased bouffant

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.

Retro hairstyles: Close up shot of a model with dark brown long hair styled into Hollywood waves, wearing red and walking on the Elie Saab runway
Name a more iconic hairstyle! Credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Hollywood waves

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 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

6. Retro swoop

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.

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

7. Bob with bangs

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.

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

8. Choppy shag

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?

Bed Head Rockaholic Thunder Struck Texture Salt Spray

Editor’s tip: Mist the Bed Head Rockaholic Thunder Struck Texture Salt Spray on your mane and choppy layers to help enhance them and keep frizz at bay.

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

9. Curly fauxhawk

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.

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

10. Undone half-up hairstyle

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 to give retro hairstyles a go.

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

11. Finger waves ponytail

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.

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 scarf. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

12. Retro ponytail

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

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

13. Disco curls

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 Volume and Lift Mousse

Editor’s tip: What makes the TRESemmé Volume and Lift 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

14. Headscarf

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.

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

15. Head wrap updo

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!

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

16. Netted low buns

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.