16 Vintage Hairstyles For Long Hair That Are Worth The Hype

Ooze vintage glamour with these 16 looks...

They’re timeless and a red carpet staple for a reason — and if you still haven’t given vintage hairstyles for long hair a chance this season, your long strands are seriously missing out!

From elegant victory rolls to chic scarf-adorned styles, there’s a whole host of easy vintage hairstyles for long hair waiting to take your mane game to a whole new level. We can’t wait to see what you pick…

Half-Up, Half-Down Quiff

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of Allison Williams with long chocolate brown hair styled into a half-up, half-down quiff hairstyle on the red carpet
Quiffs will become your new go-to. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Easy vintage hairstyles for long hair do exist! Take this this pretty half-up, half-down quiff for example — its flexible enough for the office, dinner, and just about any event you’ve got lined up.

Victory Rolls

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of a model with long dark brown hair styled into a half-up victory roll hairstyle, wearing a polka dot dress in a studio setting
Roll yourself into a new era with this sweet ‘do. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

For many of us, victory rolls are probably one of the first vintage hairstyles for long hair to spring to mind. Not only because they came about during some of the toughest times in history (especially during World War II), but also because victory rolls can still be seen in various different guises on international runways and editorial pages today.

However, what we really love about the victory roll is that it’s a high impact look that keeps hair off your face and is perfect for just about every formal occasion coming up this summer – not to mention it’s pretty easy to create, too.

Modern Victory Rolls

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of a woman with long dark brown hair styled into a singular victory roll with hollywood waves
Instead of going for two rolls. try one. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

The fastest way to take your victory rolls to modern heights? Work with one victory roll, instead of two, and pair it with loose Hollywood curls, just like this beauty has done.

Victory Updo

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of Dascha Polanco with two-tone caramel blonde and brown hair styled into an updo on the red carpet
Look the part with this pretty updo. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The best part? You can give any hairstyle (be it a bun or a ponytail) some extra retro charm with the addition of a victory roll, like this.

Editor’s tip: Creating the perfect victory roll may require some heated styling, so don’t forget to use a heat protectant. Our fave? The TRESemmé Heat Defence Spraywhich will protect your strands against heat damage.

Hollywood Waves

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of Alessandra Ambrosio with long chestnut brown styled into retro Hollywood waves, wearing midnight blue dress on the red carpet
Because who wouldn’t want to look like a silver screen star? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

There’s no way around it: Hollywood waves are one of the most dazzling vintage hairstyles for long hair around. They’re exactly what you need to make you feel like a part of the glitterati!

Hollywood Ponytail

Vintage hairstyles for long: Back shot of Sara Sampaio with long chocolate brown hair styled into a vintage wavy ponytail wearing a feathered jacket on the red carpet
Giving your pony a retro upgrade is easy. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

This glitzy, wavy hairstyle is great for ponytail devotees who want a vintage style that’s not too over-the-top. Leaving some hair out at the front will help boost this look’s romance levels.

Finger Waves + Low Bun

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of Tyra Banks with long caramel brown hair styled into a finger wave bun updo, wearing blue on the set of Gossip Girl
Finger waves make any style look glamorous. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If anyone is going to convince us to give finger waves a go, it’s Tyra Banks! Showing us how fun vintage hairstyles for long hair can be, she’s given this retro look a modern update with a textured low bun.

Recommended read: 14 vintage updos you’ll adore.

Beehive

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of a model with golden blonde hair styled into a modern beehive, with tendrils at the front, posing in a studio setting
Volume seekers will adore this ‘do. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Crave a vintage hairstyle full of volume? You can tease and backcomb your long strands to fuller-looking heights with the help of our easy beehive tutorial.

Rolled Updo

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of Kelly Osbourne with long lilac hair styled into a low rolled updo, wearing black and posing on the red carpet
Roll up, roll up! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

This dreamy purple hair colour looks seriously retro-ready when fashioned into a polished rolled updo. If you’re a fan of this style, you’ll love the Gibson tuck.

Editor’s tip: The secret to vintage hairstyles for long hair? A shine spray, of course! You can make any of the ‘dos mentioned in this edit shimmer, sparkle and last longer with the VO5 Shine and Hold Hairspray.

Elegant Side Bun

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of Zooey Deschanel with chocolate brown hair and fringe styled into a vintage low side bun with a floral barrette, wearing white on the red carpet
You can’t go wrong with this cute combo. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Can’t get enough of easy vintage hairstyles for long hair? Neither can we! So, we just had to include this vintage side bun into this edit, to give you another reason to channel your inner retro queen.

Thanks to its classic appeal, this floral side bun is also fitting for weddings.

French Twist

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Back shot of a woman with long dark chocolate hair styled into a French twist updo wearing a blue dress and posing outside
Name a more iconic hairstyle!

Think you can’t do a French twist? These easy steps, here, will prove you can. Who knew that looking you’re a permanent resident of the South of France could be this easy, eh?

Recommended read: 7 French hairstyles to inspire your next ‘do.

’60s Ponytail

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of Lydia Hearst-Shaw with a teased ponytail, wearing a black dress and posing on the red carpet
What’s not to love? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Swing yourself into the ’60s and back with this textured ponytail hairstyle that’ll show off your lengths while keeping them under wraps, too.

Scarf Ponytail

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of a woman with long medium dark brown hair styled into a retro pony with a scarf tied around it at Goodwood festival
Turn your ponytail into a retro work of art. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Inspired by the ’50s, we love this no-fuss ponytail with a printed scarf. If you decide to go for this look, don’t forget the red lipstick, will you?

Dirty Dancing Curls

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of Blake Lively with bronde long spiral curls, wearing black on the red carpet
“Nobody puts Baby in the corner!” Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Looking for easy vintage hairstyles for long hair that is also curly? You’ll be ready to hit the dance floor (and rule it) with this flirty, timeless number.

Supermodel Waves

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of Bella Hadid with long chocolate brown hair styled into loose waves and curls on the red carpet
Everyone wants supermodel hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Just because the ’90s supermodel era is over, doesn’t mean you can’t rock long supermodel waves in 2018. All that’s left to do? Find a runway show to debut your cool-girl look.

Editor’s tip: Whether you pick curls or waves to slay, you can’t go wrong with using the VO5 Big Volume Mousse to help you create the style you want.

Retro Headband

Vintage hairstyles for long hair: Close up shot of a woman with long light brown hair styled into loose waves and tied with a head wrap accessory, wearing a denim outfit at Goodwood festival
Easy vintage hairstyles for long hair? We’ve got you #sorted. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Adding vintage-inspired accessories to your favourite hairstyles is a brilliant way of upgrading a basic look for both day and evening.

During the ’50s, the addition of a headscarf to an array of updos was an essential component when it comes to nailing a variety of different looks, not to mention it was a means of making certain hairstyles more practical.

So, whether you’re sitting by the pool or exploring the city, a pretty, printed headscarf is sure to add a fun twist to your existing style.

 

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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