Thinking of trying out vintage hairstyles? While you might assume it’s those with long hair that get to have all the fun, you’ll be happy to know that vintage short hair styles do exist — and they’re just as inspiring!
To tempt you to channel your inner retro queen, we’ve found the best vintage hairstyles for short hair to help give you some ideas. So, what are you waiting for?
Pixie with a Hair Scarf
So you’ve fallen in love with hair scarves? Well, lucky for you, they’ve got a starring role in a lot of vintage hairstyles for short hair. Even the shortest pixie cut can be spruced up with a patterned silk scarf, simply wrap around and tie into a bow and you’re good to go!
Turning your bob into a ’40s-ready style is super easy! All you have to do is fashion half of it into a loose swirl and pin it back, like this.
Quiff Updo with Bun
With a tousled Elvis-inspired quiff at the front and a high bun at the back, you’ll be retro ready for any occasion.
Instead of keeping it sleek, the star has given her throwback bob a modern refresh by getting choppy layers cut in.
Styling her lob length hair into a deep side parting and into a low flapper bun, this beauty gives her eye-catching ‘do the perfect retro edge with a peacock and headband accessory.
Victory Roll Updo
There’s no doubt you’ll love this short vintage hair look: a twirling half-victory roll styled into an updo! Lucky for you, we’ve got an easy tutorial on how to create victory rolls.
Victory Rolls with An Undercut
Rockabilly hairstyles, like these victory rolls with a shaved undercut design, are great for when you want a short edgy style full of retro flair. Whether you go this colourful with your look is all up to you!
The best thing about short vintage hairstyles? They can be tailored to your hair type.
To give her short relaxed hair a vintage feel, Tessa Thompson fashioned it into a rolled pompadour style. Will you try it out?
Not only will they make the perfect accessory to any evening dress, but they’ll also make you feel like you’ve stepped out of a classic film.
Editor’s tip: Creating glitzy waves will require heat. So, you really can’t go wrong with using a heat protectant spray like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray.
This shine-boosting spray will make it easier for you to achieve this hairstyle while also protecting your strands against heat damage.
Marilyn Monroe Curls
You can give your daily ponytail a kitsch ’60s makeover with some serious teasing action, as Dianna Agron demonstrates.
Editor’s tip: The secret behind short vintage hairstyles like this one? A volumising spray, of course!
Create the body and fullness this pony needs by misting the TONI&GUY 3D Volumiser Spray on your roots before blow-drying.
Bouffants are another one of our favourite short vintage hairstyles, especially when they’re finessed with a simple Alice headband.
Scarf updo + faux fringe
Take your ’50s hair scarf updo a step further and create a fun faux fringe by curling the front of your strands, just like Andra Day.