1940′s inspired hair tutorial

I love wearing my hair in retro hairstyles, but most days I don’t have the time (or patience) to do anything very fancy. ¬†My hair is very thick so complicated pin-curl styles take more effort than I want to put out at 7AM. ¬†I get a lot of comments on my hairstyles, with a lot of those being that people think I must spend hours on my hair. ¬†Very much not true. Unless I am going out to an event or performing somewhere, I can’t justifying spending more than 10-15 minutes on my hair.

This style is one of my go-to styles for retro. ¬†It’s more of an inspired look than era-accurate, but it does the trick. ¬†The time it takes me to do this is about 10-15 minutes (bear in mind, my hair is very thick too, so curling would probably take less on a normal head of hair.)

1 + 2: ¬†I start by curling my hair loosely around the bottom with a small curling iron. ¬†I curl about 4″ up my hair.

3: Pin the crown with a small amount of the side. ¬†I take about 2″ from my hairline and back, and then twist it and push it forward slightly to get some volume. ¬†Then I pin with a couple of bobby-pins. ¬†4: Pin the side, leaving some hair down to cover ear. ¬†Twist the hair, and push forward the same as the other side. ¬†Pin in place.

5 + 6: Brush out with a medium round brush.  Brush the curls in the direction that you would like them to curl.  In this case, I wanted my curls to curl inward.

And we’re done! ¬†Simple as that. ¬†I will spray the pinned part, but I don’t normally spray the curls (I hate hairspray) and my curls will last the whole day.

If you are looking for amazing tutorials for retro hair, I’d highly recommend checking out “Vivid Makeup“s YouTube channel. ¬†She shows how to do all the pin-curls, victory rolls, hair sets that one could ever want to learn about. ¬†She is probably the best that I’ve found in terms of clear teaching and style accuracy.


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