Get the Hollywood Look: How to Create Vintage Curls + 7 Styles We Adore

Go for the ultimate red carpet look with these full, sophisticated ringlets.

Big vintage curls are a timeless look that, when done right, never feel tired. From early black-and-white films to the present, volumized curls are a classic look that can transform your style from blasé to posh in an instant. And the best part is that they’re actually much easier to make than you’d think!

Do you need to brush up on your vintage curl styling tips? Then look no further because we have the ultimate tricks to turn your locks into statement-making vintage curls! Just follow these tips for an instant style upgrade:

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Learn how to create some camera-ready vintage curls.

Step 1: Always start with clean hair, and dry it with a blow dryer. Use a heat protectant serum or spray, like TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray, to keep your locks protected from any heated styling tools.

Step 2: Section your hair into 2-inch parts and prep your locks with TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Touchable Bounce Mousse before curling.

Step 3: To create large, voluminous curls, curl your hair one section at a time with a 1 1/4-inch curling wand. Start by curling your hair in the middle and twirl your curling wand away from your face.

Step 4: Let each curl cool off in your hand to create a tighter, longer-lasting curl. Once all of the curls have been made and have cooled off, use a hair oil to give them more shine. We recommend using Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil. Spread the hair oil through your curls while lightly brushing them out with your fingers to loosen them up.

Step 5: Give your hair a spritz of hairspray, such as TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray, to lock them in, and your curls are ready fro the day!

Remember, this isn’t the only way you can create this look. You can play with it any way you’d like, and make your own original spin on this retro look. If you want to upgrade your vintage curls, then check out some of our favorite style switch-ups to this classic style.

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These short curls create a sweet and wispy look.

1. Short Curls

These short curls are glamorous and so playful! You may need a smaller curling wand to style these, and make them stay put all day long by spritzing them with Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray.

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Accenting an updo with small vintage curls is the perfect way to add beautiful detail to your style.

2. Curled Updo

Change up your basic updo by creating some vintage curled side tendrils. This style is great for any glamorous occasion. This style is perfect and simple to style for any day!

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Balayage-colored hair pairs perfectly with big, bouncy curls.

3. Balayage

Subtly highlighted strands look striking with voluminous vintage curls. The multi-toned look gives these classic curls a modern twist.

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Tease your curls to new heights!

4. Extra Volume

Reach new levels of chic with extremely voluminous vintage curls. These curls just need extra teasing and a few sprays of TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Flexible Finish Hairspray to stay big and bold all day long.

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This dramatic look is ready for the film set.

5. Curled Bangs

Want to go for a more femme fatale look? Then style your bangs into voluminous vintage curls. Just pin them up to create a more dramatic and exaggerated look, and they’re ready for the cameras.

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Side swept bangs are another dramatic twist on this vintage curls style.

6. Side-Swept Bangs

This is the ultimate retro look: Pairing big side swept bangs with vintage curls gives a classic 1950s Americana vibe. You will truly be making a statement with this fabulous hairstyle.

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Shift your vintage curls to one side of your head for a glamorous look.

7. Extreme Side Part

Leave little to nothing on one side of your part and shift all of your hair to the other for an edgy, glamorous style. This mysterious and sexy look will have all attention drawn to you.