How to Create a Cool Vintage Updo Hairstyle

This hairstyle is all about elegance that's surprisingly simple.

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With the holiday season creeping up on us (can you believe it?!), we are always on the hunt for fun party hairstyles as a way to mix up our typical day-to-day look. Enter this elegant and cool vintage updo hairstyle, an updated remake on the low bun with loose waves. A throwback to the sophisticated hairstyles from the 1950s, we love this 2-in-1 vintage hairstyle that’s perfect for Thanksgiving, holiday parties or any other fancy occasion you may have on your radar. Read on to check out how you can create this vintage updo hairstyle today.

Cool Vintage Updo Hairstyle: How to Get The Look


Start with clean hair.

Start out with clean and conditioned hair by using a moisturizing system, like the Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and the Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner. This formula will provide your hair with some serious moisture without weighing down your hair.

woman with freshly washed and wet long blonde hair

Condition your hair.

Then, prep your hair with some leave-in conditioner, like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Luxe Lightweight Conditioning Mist.  Enriched with Concentrated Elastin Protein and Glycerine, this formula works to detangle and strengthen your hair while also prepping it for styling.

woman with blonde hair applying leave in conditioner to hair

Apply some heat protectant.

Use a blow-dryer to get your hair at least 90% dry and ready for styling. Make sure to use a heat protectant, like the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. This formula works to enhance the flexibility in your hair without causing any damage.

woman with blonde hair applying heat protectant spray to hair

Comb and part your hair.

Comb out the front section of your hair. Then, section off the front section of your hair. Hold this section together with a large hair clip.

woman with blonde hair combing hair

Clip your hair and curl.

Continue to comb out your hair. Then, work section-by-section as you grab pieces of your hair. Use your curling wand and begin your curl your hair.

woman with blonde hair curling hair ends with hair wand

Continue to curl.

Continue to curl as you create loose waves throughout your hair. When finished, create a low ponytail.

woman with blonde hair creating ponytail with curls

Wrap your curls.

Wrap your curls around your hair to create a low and tight bun. Pin it together by using several large bobby pins.

woman with blonde hair creating bun hairstyle

Curl the front section.

Release your clip from the front section. Then, curl that section, focusing on loose waves.

woman with blonde hair curling hair bangs

Comb out the curl.

For an even looser curl, use a comb to release some of your curls.

woman with blonde hair combing bangs

Pin your hair.

Use two pins (preferably some vintage-inspired ones) to clip the front section of your hair. You’re done and looking chic!

woman with blonde hair posing with vintage updo hairstyle

Looking for more vintage updo hairstyle ideas? Check out some of the ‘40 hairstyles that we love.

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