Cool vintage hairstyles for short hair to try now

Jeanette | 31 August 2016


Who said retro hairstyles were all about prim and proper updos? 

Looking for vintage hairstyles for short hair? Sounds like an impossible task, doesn’t it? But why should the ladies with Rapunzel-like locks have all the fun? Truth is, the hair archives are full of short hair inspiration that look cool and contemporary, while still oozing tonnes of retro vibes.

So with that in mind, we’ve trawled through the decades to find you the best vintage hairstyles for short hair, so you can rock retro locks, no matter the length of your tresses. Just have a flick through our gallery and don’t forget to scroll down to discover which ‘dos made our cut.

Vintage hairstyles for short hair: 5 looks to try now


Vintage hairstyles for short hair: '20s style bob with micro fringe
Vintage hairstyles for short hair: ’20s bob with micro fringe. Credit:

’20s-style bob

In terms of vintage hairstyles for short hair, the 1920s is a great source of inspiration. Flapper-style bobs may go back a while, but they still look just as stylish and modern today. We love this gently layered bob with a slightly choppy micro-fringe built in, as its unrefined style and slightly tousled texture helps strike the perfect balance between retro and contemporary. Now that’s what we call chic!

Vintage hairstyle for short hair: '30s subtle style finger waves
Vintage hairstyles for short hair: ’30s waves. Credit:

’30s waves

Like the ’20s, the 1930s is also a great decade to tap into when it comes to short hair ideas. And one of our favourite short hairstyles from the era has to be the glamorous finger wave. Granted, we know it’s a rather difficult look to pull off, but this modern version is far easier to achieve, we promise.

The secret to nailing the look is to create larger, more subtle waves. Want to know how to create the look? Check out our Great Gatsby-inspired hair tutorial, here!

Vintage hairstyles for short hair: Platinum blonde super cropped hair
Vintage hairstyles for short hair: ’60s ‘do.

’60s geo cut

If you’re after a really edgy look, then draw some inspo from the swinging ’60s and rock a Mary Quant-style geometric cut. If you’re looking for a hairstyle for straight or ultra fine hair types, then this is definitely one to consider.

Just request a sharp, Mod-like cut, and keep your mane ultra sleek and smooth. And since ’60s cuts are super hot right now, this hairstyle will instantly earn you some instant sartorial points, too.

Vintage hairstyles for short hair: Punk '70s blond shaved head
Vintage hairstyles for short hair: The punk crop. Credit:

The punk buzz cut

Edgy, anarchic and bold, if the previous vintage hairstyles for short hair seemed a little too subdued, then this super cool ‘do will be right up your street. Inspired by London’s ’70s punk scene, this ‘do is a simple cut that also taps into the much loved androgynous trend!

We’re not gonna lie, this look isn’t for the faint of heart, but the best thing about this cool buzz cut is that it’s really low maintenance, which is great if you treasure those lie-ins every morning.

Still not punky enough for you? Then you might want to consider playing around with some pastel hues, like barely-there pinks and sea foam greens!

Vintage hairstyles for short hair: '70s inspired afro hair
Vintage hairstyles for short hair: Afro power. Credit:

Afro power

Okay, we know: the afro isn’t exactly a vintage hairstyle, but we can’t deny that the afro truly shot to stardom during the politically-heated ’70s, plus it’s back in a big way this year, thanks to Netflix‘s new and much talked about series The Get Down. So, now’s the time to proudly wear your afro out and let the true nature of your hair shine! Just don’t forget your afro pick, as this will help you get your ‘fro into perfect form.

Can’t get enough retro hairstyle inspiration? Then check out our Vintage Hairstyles page for lots more amazing styling ideas!


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