10 Vintage Updo Hairstyles From Every Decade That Slay

PJ Gach | 13 July 2018
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These new classics are definitely for the books.

Vintage updo hairstyles from every decade are now experiencing a resurgence. They’re cool, they’re considered classic and are undeniably romantic. No matter your hair length, you can rock a vintage updo from the ’70s or even the ’30s. The next time you’re heading out for a night with the girls, or if prom or a wedding’s on the horizon, grab some hairpins, a few styling products and create a head-turning hairstyle. Read on for our faves from every decade:



10 Vintage Updo Hairstyles We Love from Every Decade



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Hollywood glam.

1. 1930s Updo

Mini Marley has a video tutorial on how you can create this spiral curled ’30s-inspired updo. Bonus: Hair can be as short as a bob to do this style.

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Trés chic! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. French Twist

This sexy way to keep your hair off your face became popular in the late ’50s, and it’s still going strong today. Follow our tutorial to recreate this easy peasy (really!) hairstyle for your next big event. Tame flyaways with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Serum, and it adds shine and definition too.

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Tie it up.

3. Top Knot

The top knot hairstyle is one of those vintage hairstyles that seems to be worn almost every decade. Perhaps because it’s easy to do and it’s so pretty to look at? Whatever it is, we’re here for it!

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Ladylike cool.

4. Low Chignon

In the ’50s and ’60s, low chignons were worn for both day and night. For glam events, women would wear tiny cocktail hats; some were adorned with feathers or had a netted veil (so lovely!).  For day, a low chignon may or may not be topped with a fabric headband. Before styling your hair, use Dove Refresh+Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo, to sop up any grease and keep hair from slipping out of place, while also infusing tresses with added volume.

DOVE REFRESH+CARE VOLUME AND FULLNESS DRY SHAMPOO
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’70s styles never really go away.

5. Mini Bun

In the ’70s, many women wore their hair long and pin straight. A quick and rather romantic way to restyle their hair was to create a mini bun at the nape, and pull a few strands out of the bun for a face-framing effect.

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Show stopper.

6. Half Up Beehive

Beehives were big in the ’60s. It’s one of the vintage updo hairstyles that had its first comeback in the ’80s too. And it’s on fashion runways every season… talk about staying power!

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Up, up, up!

7. Beehive

In the ’60s, girl groups made the beehive one of the most popular hairstyles. This hairstyle consists of lots of backcombing (a.k.a. teasing), and shellacking with some hairspray. To make sure your beehive lasts as long as you do, spray on TRESemmé TRES Two Freeze Hold Spray. The hairspray dries super fast and keeps humidity at bay with its water-free formula. It’s definitely one of those vintage updo hairstyles that are perennially cool.

TRESemmé TRES TWO FREEZE HOLD HAIRSPRAY
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Inspired by the ’40s.

8. Croissant Bun

In the ’40s, rolled hairstyles were all the rage. This croissant bun is a modern version of the rolled vintage updo hairstyles of that era.

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Elegant and practical!

9. Sideswept Glam Roll

The late ’40s and early ’50s saw evening updos become structured and very formal-looking. This updo has a deep side part, lots of waves and hair is gathered in a low bun at the back. To recreate this style, follow our glam roll tutorial. Instead of leaving hair loose, finish the style in a bun.

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Stolen from the boys.

10. Pompadour Updo

In the beginning, the pompadour, or pomp, was a hairstyle only bad boys wore. Women saw how cool hair looked in that style, and the next thing you knew, women everywhere were following suit. Hot in the ’60s, it made its resurgence in the ’80s, and bounced back again in the ’90s when goth hit it über big. This updo requires backcombing (for height) and some hairspray. Prep hair with Nexxus Oil Infinite Shampoo and Nexxus Oil Infinite Conditioner. Both are made of Marula oil and lipids, and help fight frizz, flyaways and impart shine. Right before you start teasing away, add a few drops of Nexxus Oil Infinite Hair Oil as it helps add shine and protects hair from any possible damage that could happen when teasing.

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NEXXUS OIL INFINITE NOURISHING HAIR OIL

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