16 Vintage Short Hair Styles Anyone Can Pull Off

Our gallery of vintage short hair looks shows all the ways you can add retro flair to shorter hair.

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

Woman with a platinum blonde pixie cut with a hair scarf
Credit: Rupert Laycock

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!

Pinned Back

Vintage short hair: Close up shot of a woman with short hair styled into half-up,, half-down hair with a duck blue jacket, pearls and a throw at Goodwood Festival
What’s not to love? Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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

Vintage short hair: Close up shot of Stella Maxwell with short bronde hair styled into a quiff at the front and a bun updo at the back on the red carpet
This quiff meets bun hybrid is our fave. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you’re looking for a chic vintage short hair style that will allow you to wear your go-to bun, this relaxed quiff is seriously destined for you.

With a tousled Elvis-inspired quiff at the front and a high bun at the back, you’ll be retro ready for any occasion.

Flapper Bob

Vintage short hair: Close up shot of Vanessa Hudgens with flapper style short bob with a flippy fringe on the red carpet
This fancy flapper bob won’t let you down. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

You can’t talk about vintage hairstyles for short hair without mentioning Louise Brooks’ iconic flapper bob with bangs! And guess what? We spotted Vanessa Hudgens rocking it on the red carpet.

Instead of keeping it sleek, the star has given her throwback bob a modern refresh by getting choppy layers cut in.

Flapper Bun

Vintage short hair: Close up shot of a woman with dark short hair styled into a low flapper style bun, with headband and peacock feather at Goodwood festival
Ready to meet Gatsby? Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.

Finger Waves

Vintage short hair: Close up shot of Demi Lovato with short dark brown hair styled into a finger waved wavy bob on the red carpet
Finger waves are here to stay. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Short vintage hair with fancy finger waves is a red carpet staple. Just look at how Demi Lovato teams them with her cute chin-length bob.

Victory Roll Updo

Vintage short hair: Close up shot of Gwen Stefani with a plaitnum victory rolled updo on the red carpet
Roll your mane into a past era with this ‘do. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Vintage hairstyles for short hair: Close up shot of a woman with short purple hair styled into a victory rolled updo with a undercut
Who says you can’t be retro and edgy at the same time? Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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!

Pompadour

Vintage short hair: Close up shot of Tessa Thompson with dark brown relaxed hair styled into a high rolled quiff on the red carpet
Grease Lightning! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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?

Hollywood Waves

Vintage short hair: Close up shot of Dita Von Teese with a dark brown long bob styled into Hollywood waves
Silver screen hair, don’t care. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Hollywood waves look ultra-glamorous on short to long bob lengths — isn’t that right Dita Von Teese?

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.

French Twist

Vintage short hair: Close up side shot of Amber heard with a strawberry blonde, swept back French twist hairstyle on the red carpet
Yes, you can create a French twist on shorter strands. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Never got a chance to try French girl hairstyles? The good news is that this fancy French twist is a timeless, vintage short hair style that’ll meet all of your #hairgoals.

Marilyn Monroe Curls

Vintage short hair: Close up shot of Halsey with platinum short blonde hair styled into a loose Marilyn Monroe style curls
Because who wouldn’t want to look like Marilyn Monroe? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

As if we needed any more reasons to love Halsey! Her loosely curled pixie has a cool Marilyn Monroe vibe we can’t get enough of.

Mini Beehive

Vintage short hair: Close up shot of Katie Holmes with short chestnut brown hair styled into to smooth beehive
Audrey Hepburn would seriously approve. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

With a little teasing and strategic bobby pin placement, you too can fashion your flat strands into this lovely, voluminous mini beehive.

Teased Ponytail

Vintage short hair: Close up shot of Dianna Agron with a short blonde teased ponytail on the red carpet
This is how you make a ponytail look retro-worthy. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Bouffant

Vintage short hair: Close up shot of Pixie Lott with short bleach blonde hair styled into a bouffant with a headband
To give your bouffant a modern edge, add a hair accessory. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Bouffants are another one of our favourite short vintage hairstyles, especially when they’re finessed with a simple Alice headband.

Scarf updo + faux fringe

Vintage short hair: Close up shot of Andra Day with her short hair wrapped in a scarf, with a fake curly fringe at the front on the red carpet
What hair scarf will you pick? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

 

Next Read

Stay inspired

Sign up to the newsletter and get exclusive hair care tips and tricks.