6 Best ’50s Hairstyles for Long Hair to Swoon Over

Update your look with, yes, a blast from the past.

With long hair, there are so many ways you can hack the look of shorter hair with styles like faux bobs and tucked-in hairstyles. What about styles that are inspired by an era you admire, like the ’50s? We’ve come across some ’50s hairstyles for long hair that give the illusion of shorter hair, perfect for commitment-phobes or anyone who just loves a vintage look!

Scroll below to get all the inspiration you need to create these looks on your own:

1. Victory Rolls

50s hairstyles for long hair victory rolls
Give this 50’s hairstyle a modern spin.

Victory rolls are one of our favorite 50s hairstyles for long hair. Creating this look is actually easier than it seems. After washing your hair, blow-dry, and create a French roll on each side. For the back, use a medium-barrel curling iron to create medium-sized curls and set with a flexible hold hairspray, like Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray.

2. Bandana Updo

50s hairstyles for long hair: rockabilly bandana style
We love this classic ’50s pin-up girl hairstyle.

This is one of those ’50s hairstyles for long hair that screams power! There’s no way we can look at this style and not think about the iconic Rosie the Riveter avatar. Give this look a fun and playful twist: Gather your hair up into a sleek updo, then tie the bandana of your choice around your hair.

3. Bumper Bangs

50s hairstyles for long hair: bumper bangs
This is the ’50s fringe we’re obsessed with.

We love a good fringe style, but there’s just something about the look of a vintage bumper bang that stands out. To create this look, you’ll need to fill under your bangs with a hair sponge or foam roller. If you don’t have one on hand, you can hack the look with a small sock.

4. Glam Vintage Curls

50s hairstyles for long hair: vintage glam curls
The perfect style for all of your glamorous occasions.

Every girl has that moment when she wants to wear a super glamorous look for a special occasion. Try your hand at this glamorous curl style that screams bombshell! To achieve this look, use a small-barrelled curling iron to create soft curls all over your hair, then brush through for a touchable and sexy bounce.

5. Pin Curls

50s hairstyles for long hair: retro pin curls
Use pincurls to create bouncy retro curls

We couldn’t complete this roundup without including one of the most iconic styles from the ’50s era. After blow-drying your hair, pin-curl each section immediately while they’re still warm. Allow the pin curls to cool, set for about 20 to 30 minutes, then release. Set with a firm hold hairspray like TRESemmé TRES Two Firm Hold Hairspray, to lock your hairstyle in place.

6. The Pomp-Inspired Straight ‘Do

50s hairstyles for long hair: pomp inspired down do
Elevate your hair at the crown.

The 1950s era was all about ladylike volume. Create some lift at your roots to elevate the look of your straighter-looking styles. Simply tease your hair at the crown, set with a firm hold hairspray and comb your hair over the bump to smooth it out. Finish off with a mist of Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray to give your look a shiny finish.

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