Vintage hairstyles for long hair that you can do yourself

All Things Hair | 01 July 2016

Ooze vintage glamour with these 4 looks…


If you have long hair, the styling possibilities are truly endless, especially when it comes to giving your favourite ‘dos a fun, retro twist. And with such a huge variety of vintage hairstyles for long hair to choose from, adding a new dimension to your signature style has never been easier.

From dramatic victory rolls of the 1940s, to playful scarf-adorned updos of the ’50s, there’s a whole host of uniquely retro looks that are sure to become your new obsession. But the question is: can they easily be recreated at home? Well, yes, of course! Here’s a list of 4 of our favourite vintage hairstyles for long hair that you can definitely do yourself. Just keep scrolling to find out more!

4 vintage hairstyles for long hair


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Vintage Hairstyles for Long hair: Victory rolls.

Victory rolls

For many of us, victory rolls is 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.

Just remember to prep your hair first with a heat protectant, like TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray, to protect your tresses from damage during heat styling.

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Vintage Hairstyles for Long hair: Half-up bump roll.

Half-up bump roll

One of the simplest and most elegant vintage hairstyles for long hair that never fails to look effortlessly stylish, be it day or night. Plus, it’s super easy to achieve on your own at home with minimal effort!

Spray TRESemmé Volume & Lift Ultrafine Hairspray on the top and front part of your hair to boost volume, lift and hold, before teasing and gently brushing it backwards. Use bobby pins to secure the hair in place at the back of your crown. Then, for the final finishing touches, use a curling wand or straightener to curl the ends of your hair to create a glam retro flick.

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Vintage Hairstyles for Long hair: Retro headband.

Retro headband

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, too. For example, back when girls were working factories, a headscarf would help keep hair off their faces.

Today, they may have become more popular for aesthetic reasons, but there’s no denying it can help keep you cool and your ‘do neat, especially on a hot summer’s day. So, whether you’re sitting by the pool or exploring the city, a pretty, printed headscarf is sure to add an playful twist to your existing style.

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Vintage Hairstyles for Long hair: Marilyn curls.

Marilyn curls

The epitome of vintage glamour, Marilyn curls – inspired by the ever elegant singer and actress Marilyn Monroe – is the ultimate look that works well on all hair lengths, including those with long hair.

Don’t be fooled by the polished nature of this look, it’s actually super easy to create. All you need is a good curling wand and some VO5 Classic Styling Extra Hold Hairspray to secure the style stays in place all day long.

Want to know how to create picture-perfect Marilyn Monroe curls? Here’s our step-by-step guide!


Still feeling stumped on which style you should be working in your lengthy mane? Then you should take a peak at these 5 quick and easy looks for day-to-night wear!

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