We adore looking at hairstyles through the ages. While new styles come and go, some vintage classics always find their way to the present, with an updated twist and cool new iteration. And we just love vintage hairstyles for curly hair that can show off your awesome texture, while being perfectly coiffed into a very different style that you would normally be wearing: From pompadours to the Gibson tuck, we’ve got you covered in our recap of some of our favorite vintage hairstyles for curly hair that you’ve got to try:
20 Vintage Hairstyles For Curly Hair To Wear Right Now
1. Wavy Pompadour
We love classic pomps, especially on wavy and curly hair types. The added curl makes pompadours so much more voluminous and interesting. To get vintage hairstyles for curly hair with a pomp on top, you’ll need to start your style on wet hair. Use a curly hair gel like TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel to set your natural curls. Then, dry your hair using the diffuser attachment. When you get to drying the front section of your hair, focus on drying the roots forward towards your forehead.
Once your hair is dry, style the front section forwards to slightly cover your forehead. If your hair is super long, you can style it more at an angle and pin it into place. We love the pompadour because it works so well added to different styles! Try it with a ponytail for a funky ’60s look, or with a topknot for something more modern.
2. Curly Low Ponytail
Finger waves scream vintage hair. We love how romantic these little swooping styles look. To create finger waves, you’ll need to work with a strong hold hair gel. We like Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel. Actually creating the finger waves is relatively painless. For step-by-step instructions on styling finger waves, check out this vintage hair tutorial. Then just take the rest of your hair and style into a low ponytail to complete the look.
3. Vintage Chignon
This simple chignon screams vintage hairstyles for curly hair, right? We love how elegant this looks, and how well it shows off natural curls. Oh, and this style is super easy, too! all you need to do is create a little volume at the roots (depending on how voluminous your hair is). When you have all the volume you can handle, style the rest of your hair into a low chignon. Vintage flowers are totally optional.
4. Mini Bouffant Gibson Tuck
If you have hair on the longer side, you can totally do this super sweet Gibson tuck. Start by creating volume at the back of your head, almost like a bouffant. But, not quite as big because you don’t want it to overtake the tuck! With your hair teased, pull it all into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. To create a Gibson tuck, you separate the root of your hair near the ponytail holder, almost all the way through. Leave a little bit of hair at the bottom of the ponytail unseparated. Then, just fold the rest of the tail into the space you created. It’s a quirky style that has all the vintage flair.
5. Old School ‘Fro
For gals with natural curly hair, you can’t go wrong with the afro! This is one of the most enduring vintage hairstyles for curly hair. We’re big fans of the ’70s style afro that is on the long, halo-shaped side. Afro hairstyles will be popular forever, and we’re definitely glad that curly hair products have evolved over the years!
6. Beach Curls
Create a modern version of a classic vintage curly hairstyle by opting for beach curls instead. Use your hair straightener to create beachy waves and wear them with a side part for a vintage twist.
7. Deep Side Part
That deep side part we mentioned will transform any look into a vintage hairstyle. Pair a side part with large loose curls for the ultimate vintage look.
8. Center Part
Alternatively, learn how to make a center part work for you! By pairing your curls with a more dramatic center part, you’ll pull off an edgy vintage look with ease.
9. Classic Hollywood Curls
Check out our easy and quick tutorial for classic Hollywood curls and learn how to make this look a regular part of your hairstyle lineup.
10. Loose Curls
Consider a modern day approach to a classic vintage curly style by opting for loose curls.
11. Natural Updo
Pull your natural curls back into a simple updo and let them shine. Keep all the volume up on top for a vintage look you can rock with ease.
12. Bouncy Curls
Don’t weigh your curls down with length and extra weight. Instead, consider cutting them into a cropped curly bob that will allow your curls to bounce and shine.
13. Styled Curls
Wear that deep side part we mentioned above and pin the heavier side back for a classic and understated vintage style.
14. Pinned Updo
Do you have a formal event coming up? Pin your curls up into a styled updo to maintain their shape while keeping them up and off your neck.
15. Platinum Bob
Wear your curls in a bold and edgy style by cutting them short and dyeing them platinum blonde.
16. Classic Curls
Classic curls never go out of style. And for good reason! Amp them up and define them by combing a golf ball-sized dollop of Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse through damp hair.
17. Messy Curls
This chic and messy style is as easy as embracing your natural texture, which is in and of itself a timeless styling routine.
18. Rolled Curls
Roll your curls back into a classic vintage style. A little stuck on how to create this style? Check out our tutorial for how to create victory rolls.
19. ’80s Curls
Tease your curls to include some major ’80s vibes into your style.
20. Twisted Ringlets
Use a curling iron to create classic ringlets and twist the very front pieces of your hair back to give your hair a little extra volume.
Need more vintage hairstyles for curly hair? Check out these 440s hairstyles.