14 Vintage Updo Hairstyles You’ll Adore

These vintage updo hairstyles are ready to take your style game up a notch!

Okay, if you haven’t already noticed, vintage updo hairstyles are making a fashionable comeback this year – and we’re totally here for it. There has been no shortage of retro inspiration from the runways and red carpets (which means now’s the opportune time to jump on board the trend!).

So if the idea of twisting and pinning your hair into a vintage updo intrigues you, we’ve got just thing for you with our edit of wearable retro styles.

Sleek Beehive

Woman with beehive updo with fringe
Credit: Verity Jane Smith

This ultra-elegant beehive has the added bonus of having the fashionable seal of approval by Audrey Hepburn and will totally allow you to channel your inner Holly Golightly with ease.

Undone Beehive

Vintage updo hairstyles: Close up shot of a model with dirty blonde hair styled into a loose beehive updo
Add a touch of romance to your beehive with some loose tendrils. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If you want your beehive to look less polished and more cool-girl, try leaving a few tendrils out to help frame your face and add a touch of softness to the overall look.

Editor’s tip: Tempted to test drive this date night-ready updo? Just spray the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo on your roots before creating it, to get the sky-high volume and texture this look requires.

Victory Roll Updo

Vintage updo hairstyles: Woman with bright red hair in a vintage victory rolls updo
Victory hair, don’t care! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

When it comes to vintage updo hairstyles, incorporating some victory rolls into an otherwise simple bun style is an easy way to channel the ’40s.

Retro Ponytail

Vintage updo hairstyles: Side view of a brunette woman with her hair in a ponytail with a vintage scarf
Hair scarves are a modern day retro favourite. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Make your ponytail feel fresh again with a fun patterned scarf for a pop of colour!

Quiff Updo

woman with quiff haircut
Credit: Verity Jane Smith

You can’t talk about vintage updo hairstyles without mentioning Elvis’ iconic quiff! And guess what? This retro ‘do looks just as stylish on ladies, too.

Give your go-to bun a vintage feel by teaming it with a relaxed quiff.

Teased Ponytail

Vintage updo hairstyles: Back shot of a woman with teased ponytail with waves
Swing into the ’60s with this ponytail. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Voluminous vintage updo hairstyles, like this flirty ponytail, are all you need to make your flat strands feel fuller while looking like you’ve stepped out of ’60s cult film.

Recommended read: How to tease hair tutorial.

Faux Hawk Ponytail

Vintage updo hairstyles: Side shot of a woman with chestnut brown hair styled into a faux hawk messy ponytail
Amp up the edge with this faux hawk ponytail.

Want a style that’ll have you standing out of the crowd? We’ve got just the thing: a fierce faux hawk ponytail.

Though this punky hairstyle looks complicated, it really isn’t (pick two sections of hair near your temples and draw them towards the back of your head, then secure with bobby pins).

Bumper Bangs Updo

Vintage updo hairstyles: Woman with blonde hair in a rolled updo with a blue silky hair turban
Your mane is one step away from being retro queen-worthy. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Why cut your hair to get Bettie Page bangs when you can fake it with bumper bangs?

After curling your hair with an iron, create your bumper bangs by rolling the front section of your hair up into itself (like you would a victory roll), until you have one wide roll across your forehead.

Secure this roll with bobby pins, and then fan it out by gently tugging at the sides. Team the look with a polished low bun — et voilà!

Editor’s tip: Setting your look in place will be easy with the TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray at hand. This nifty product will help keep your mane looking like a masterpiece all day, so what’s not to love?

The Gibson Tuck Hairstyle

Vintage updo hairstyles: Back view of a brunette with a vintage Gibson tuck hairstyle
Do it like a Gibson girl! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Yes, the Gibson tuck is back! For those who don’t know, back then being called a Gibson girl was your equivalent to being called Blair Waldorf, and this trendy hairstyle was a way of telling those around you, you’re an It-girl.

Sound like your cup of tea? Luckily for you, you can DIY this ‘do at home by following our lovely Gibson tuck hair tutorial.

French Twist

Vintage updo hairstyles: Close up shot of a woman with a French twist hairstyle
This fancy French hairstyle is full of glam vibes. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Whether you’re a blushing bride or a fashion-forward wedding guest this season, you really can’t go wrong with slaying this timeless, stunning French twist hairstyle.

Finger waves + low bun

Vintage updo hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair in a vintage low bun with kiss curl and peacock feather
Look to the ’20s for your hair inspiration. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Remember Betty Boop‘s 1920s hairstyle? While it isn’t quite for everyday wear, you can turn up to your next event dressed to the nines with this finger wave + low bun updo combo.

Want to look at more flapper hairstyles? Of course, you do! Here are some fancy flapper hairstyles for party season and beyond.

Scarf updo

Woman with brown hair in updo wrapped with a headsacrf
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Having a bad hair day? When your mane isn’t playing game, just grab a scarf and wrap it around a topknot for an easy way to exude retro vibes. It’s time to show your hair who’s boss in the chicest way possible!

Accessorised Beehive

close up shot of model on the chanel runway with vintage updo hairstyle with hair accessory, wearing chanel clothing
Brigitte Bardot is that you? Credit: indigitalimages.com

We spy more retro looks inspired by another ’60s style icon: Brigitte Bardot. Brigitte was a huge fan of the beehive, yet often opting to rock it messed up and with a headband hair accessory.

Half-up, half-down beehive hairstyle

close up shot of model with half up half down vintage hairstyle backstage at anna sui
Get the best of both worlds with this retro style! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Okay, we know this is not technically an updo, but this half-up hairstyle works on so many levels that we just had to include in our edit!

Opt for this retro style and it will allow you to show off your hair length while ensuring your strands are kept off your face.


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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