1950s hairstyles to inspire your next look.
The popular 50s hairstyles are a total goldmine of ideas for how to style your hair today. It was an immensely dynamic era of change in the U.S. and it showed in everything, including people’s hairstyles. Although there are still some 40s hairstyle hold outs (looking at you, victory roll), a lot of change happened to women’s hair during this time. Some grew it much longer than what used to be acceptable, some cropped it extra short. No matter what your hair length is now, you can take inspiration from the 50s. Read on to learn more about 1950s hairstyles that you can recreate and try out today.
Top 7 Fifties Hairstyles We Love
1. Wavy Ponytail
The wavy ponytail is one of the easiest 50 hairstyles you can try out. Simply pull your hair into a mid-to-high ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. Take your favorite curling wand and curl the ponytail in two or three sections, depending on how thick your hair is. Finish by lightly brushing out your curls with a boar bristle brush. Bonus points if you pair this hairstyle with a ’50s-inspired polka dot dress, headband and some cool micro bangs.
2. Victory Rolls
Victory rolls are one of the most quintessential 50s hairstyles for long hair. To re-create this style you will just need to practice your pin curl skills. Split the front of your hair into two even sections and lightly tease your hair. Teasing the hair that will go into the pin curls will give you more volume and grip. Roll the hair upwards and pin in place, one on each side of your part. Set your style for all day wear by using some of the Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray and you’ll be good to go!
3. Italian Cut
The “Italian Cut” of the ’50s was a great 50s hairstyles for short hair where naturally curls girls could fashionably wear a pixie cut. This was a pretty short pixie that left the hair a little longer on top. Recreate this style today by using the Bed Head by TIGI On The Rebound Curl Recall Cream on naturally curly hair. If you don’t have naturally curly hair, check out our tutorial for curling short hair.
4. Brushed Under Bob
For a simple ’50s style try out the brushed under bob, or the faux bob, as we call it today. Work extra volume into your long hair by creating bouncy curls. Then, create a ponytail as you tuck your long hair underneath, resulting a cool and modern take on this classic look.
5. Gamine Pixie
Women sporting short hair was nothing new in the ’50s, but the cool gamine pixie certainly was. This more boyish, playful take on the traditional shorter cuts took the world by storm. Add extra body to your short pixie with the Bed Head By TIGI Manipulator Cream. Work a small amount of the cream through your hair and twist small sections of your for added texture.
6. Poodle Hair
What the ’50s dubbed as “poodle hair,” we’ve renamed to pineapple hair that is super popular today! This cool 50s hairstyles uses the woman’s natural curls to create a super fun look. To re-create this pineapple hairdo follow our step-by-step tutorial.
7. Sophisticated Waves
1950s hairstyles for long hair were all about glamour featuring sophisticated, brushed out waves. Start this style by curling all of your hair away from your face. Wait until your curls have cooled down all the way before brushing. After your curls have cooled, brush them out with a boar bristle brush for a looser wavy that was super popular in the ’50s.
Next up, we have a fun tutorial featuring vlogger Zoe Newlove who shares her take on 1950s curls in an easy step-by-step tutorial. Read on for her take on luscious New Year’s Eve hairstyles: the curly side-parted lob.
Tutorial 1: 1950s-Inspired Curly New Year’s Eve Hairstyles
Start with clean, freshly washed hair.
Apply some mousse.
Blow-dry and tie your hair.
Curl your hair.
Pin curls up.
Pin-curl all sections.
Remove your pins.
Comb out your curls.
Brush 'n fluff.
Add a festive touch.
Finish with hairspray.
Tutorial 2: How to Create 1950s Hairstyles
Start with clean hair.
Grab front section of your hair.
Curl your hair.
Comb out the curls.
Comb throughout your hair.
Use a foam roller.
Pull foam roller up.
Place bobby pins on the side.
Looking for more vintage styles? Check out some of our favorite 1960s hairstyles.