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15 Most Time Consuming Classic Hairstyles

The Beehive

Audrey Hepburn made this hairstyle famous in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This elegant style requires lots of rollers, time, and hairspray to get the volume and the curls to look just right.

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Victory Rolls

Victory rolls are impossible to do if you don't want to use rollers. These massive hair rolls have to sit with rollers for hours, unless you want them to fall an hour after crafting this updo.

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The Rockabilly Quiff

The rockabilly quiff is edgy because a lot of the wearer’s hair is sticking out sideways. In order to achieve this look, you have to work with relatively short, dirty hair, lots of hairspray, and plenty of patience.

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Finger Waves

Finger waves seem delicate and simple, but in order to get these waves to stay in place, you have to meticulously curl, spray, pin, and brush every section of your hair individually.

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The Perm

The classic, springy perm lasts for months, but it takes several long hours at the salon to create this look. Even after you get to leave and enjoy your new ‘do, you have to avoid getting your hair wet for 24 hours!

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Veronica Lake Waves

Veronica Lake-style waves are flowy and look relatively easy, but because you have to let the curls set in rollers for a precise amount of time to get each curl to be curly (not coily), it’s harder than it looks.

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The Faux Bob

To execute a faux bob, you have to curl your hair and pin some of it up underneath itself. Making your hair look as though it's several inches shorter than it actually is is quite a task. After all that, there’s still a risk that it’s going to fall down!

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The Pin-up Swirl

For the pin-up swirl updo, you primarily have to focus on turning the front section of your hair into a giant swirl. Because the swirl is so prominent on your head, you have to curl it perfectly to get it to look right from all angles.

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Rosettes

Swirling your hair into a million different rosettes is a meticulous, painstaking process. It’s not particularly difficult, but if you have a lot of hair, it will end up taking you three to four hours to go all the way around your head.

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The French Twist

Simpler versions of the classic French twist exist, but if you want to execute the authentic version, you have to have perfect bobby pin placement and hair that’s easy to work with. There’s a precise pattern for placing the bobby pins to get it to look right!

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The Criss Cross

The criss cross vintage updo is a jumble of curls and braids that are all twisted around one another to create an intricate, elegant updo. Be prepared for sore arms after executing this style!

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Reverse Side Roll

The reverse side roll consists of curling the center section of blocks of hair. If you want to make it even more complicated, you can overlap the curls in a pattern. Either way, this hairstyle is sure to take several hours to complete.

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Pin-curled Bangs

Pin curled bangs is another style that isn’t exactly difficult but is time-consuming. To create pin curled bangs, you have to have long bangs, rollers, and a couple spare hours to allow the curls to set.

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The Bouffant

The bouffant is all about volume, which means you’ll probably end up using an entire can of hairspray to execute this style. Plus, there’s a lot of rolling, tucking, combing, and pinning to worry about!

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The Flipped-out Bob

Unless your hair naturally flips out at the ends, it’s going to be difficult to make your hair do it unnaturally. If you are going to attempt this look, be patient and have lots of hair pins on hand to hold your hair in place for a couple hours before letting it down.

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