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30 Vintage Hairstyles That Need to Make a Comeback

Finger Waves

Finger waves were at the height of popularity in the 1930s, but this style is timeless. Finger waves can be worn down all on their own or incorporated into a variety of updos. This style needs to come back because it is fairly easy to accomplish and can elevate an otherwise casual outfit to a state of elegance.

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Victory Rolls

Victory rolls rose to popularity in the 1940s due to their sexy, feminine nature. Victory rolls look great with feminine outfits, such as a lace dress, but they also provide wonderful contrast for edgier outfits, such as moto leggings and a crop top.

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Rosie the Riveter Hair

Rosie the Riveter was a huge feminist symbol during World War II, and as a result, her quintessential updo with a headband started growing as an everyday hairstyle. We would love to see women wearing this style nowadays to not only keep hair out of their faces in the hot summer months, but to also honor one of the first feminist icons.

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Mod Textured Bangs

Bangs might not be the most popular style right now, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t visually appealing. Especially mod textured bangs, which were popular in the '60s, give your hair an interesting visual element. Bangs make bad hair days look better and they help frame your eyes, so there are many reasons this vintage hairstyle should come back in the near future. 

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Shag Hair

Shag hair is essentially blunt-cut hair with a natural texture, and it was fairly widespread in the 1970s. (This shouldn't be surprising, considering the hippie movement!) We believe this hairstyle is long overdue for a resurgence, perhaps with a modern twist like an asymmetrical cut.

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Side Ponytail

The volumized side ponytail had its day in the '80s, but we think this classic, adorable look could easily be updated for modern times. Instead of adding a ton of volume to the crown, you could keep it sleek and straight, which looks stunning with off-the-shoulder tops and dresses.

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Geometric Bob

The geometric bob was all the rage in the 1960s as part of the mod movement, but now it is quite underrated. This bob shows off your gorgeous neck and cheekbones and also frees up your ears to wear statement earrings. The only drawback is that this precise style requires frequent trims, but the look is worth it!

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Big Hair

Volume is starting to make a comeback, but we still haven’t hit the crazy volume of the '80s. Big hair would fit right in with the natural hair trend, and we would love to see the volume get even bigger, especially on the runways. Big hair contrasts wonderfully with elegant attire, such as a pantsuit or an evening gown.

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Bardot-esque Waves

Brigitte Bardot brought this loose, curly style to popularity in the 1950s, and because so many trends from that era have already started coming back, we think the Bardot-esque waves should be next. Nothing goes better with a pair of cat-eye sunglasses than a beautiful set of vintage waves!

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Super-Short Bangs

Your parents probably scarred you with short bangs when you were in elementary school, but trust us, they really can be chic! These bangs would fit right in with a pixie cut and a culotte jumpsuit for a look that is effortlessly timeless.

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Pinback

The pinback was a classic during and after the war. It was super simple to accomplish, and it was a stylish way to look great while working. It got the hair out of our faces without sacrificing our looks. This was the hairstyle of a woman that was about to get down to business.

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Faux Bob

In the 1920s, women preferred to put their hair up in a faux bob, and we understand why. It was a way to get the trending bob look without having to chop off your hair. All you needed was curlers and bobby pins, and it was possible to get a bob. You could also braid the bottom portion of your hair and use the remaining hair to cover it.

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Gibson Tuck

The Gibson Tuck (also the Gibson Roll) appeared early in the 19th century. It’s fairly easy to accomplish but looks beautiful with minimal effort. All you need is two strips of fabric. Put your hair in between the two strips and begin to twist until you feel it in the back of your head. Then simply tie it like a headband.

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French Twist

The French Twist was a common ‘do in the ‘50s through the ‘70s. It isn’t easy to accomplish and can be especially tough for someone with fine hair. To get the French Twist, simply gather your hair up in one hand and twist it until it turns itself against your head. Then secure it with bobby pins or a barrette.

Flipped Ends

Love Mad Men? You may have seen this style since it was popular during that time period. To get it, it’s incredibly easy. You just need a curling iron, a round brush, and some bobby pins. Start by curling your hair with the iron and pin it up. Leave it in for at least 20 minutes before you let them down. You can get a little more volume by teasing the roots.

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Big Bouffant

When hasn’t the bouffant been popular? Now. It was worn regularly throughout the ‘60s, thanks to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy reminding everyone how stylish it was. This style is all about teasing your hair. You can get a little extra volume by purchasing a hair bump tool.

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Gamine Pixie

A gamine was a slim and elegant pixie that was popularized by Audrey Hepburn in the ‘50s. Now, some women wear the style, like Anne Hathaway, but it still hasn’t gained the popularity it once had. We think it should make a comeback because it’s cute and low-maintenance.

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Pin Curls

Pin curls were a classic that showed up several times throughout history. The curls could be tight or loose, depending on your preference, and it was more comfortable to sleep in than rollers. All you need to do is twist damp hair into little curls and secure them with a bobby pin. Your left side should be twisted clockwise and the right side twisted counter-clockwise.

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The Betty Grable

Of course, if you love pin curls without taking them down, you can always slip out the pins and hairspray it down. You may need to leave a few bobby pins in to keep it secure, but it should be easy to replicate if you have the time to put in.

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Chignon

The chignon, either high or low, was super popular in film during the ‘50s and ‘60s. Audrey Hepburn was one of the most popular actresses that wore this style, so we naturally love it. While we love the high chignon, the low chignon is much easier to replicate and requires much less hairspray.

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Feathered Hair

What was the ‘70s without feathered hair? Nothing. It didn’t matter the hair type, which was funny since it was designed for straight hair. It’s usually layered and then cut in a way to give it a light, flowy look like the feathers of a bird.

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Beehive

The beehive may have fallen out of style, but many people still mimic the style thanks to Amy Winehouse bringing it back. Still, not enough people are wearing this iconic hairstyle. It looks dressed up, but casual at the same time.

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The Elizabeth Taylor

Few women are as iconic as Elizabeth Taylor. She was a movie icon and women wanted to be her so badly. Well, you could mimic her hairstyle at least. It was curly in all the right places where it almost looked like a mess, but an organized mess.

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Poodle Cut

The Poodle Cut has been around since 1945 and was famously worn by Lucille Ball. It looks like the top of a poodle’s head, but that wasn’t a bad thing at the time. French Poodles were a symbol of sophistication, so the hairstyle also had an air of sophistication. To get this, start with pin curls all around the hair. Once the pin curls are done, pin your hair back for a little wave on the sides and major curl on the front and back.

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'Sabrina' Paris

Sabrina was a film that starred Audrey Hepburn and was about a woman who attends culinary school in Paris and returns sophisticated. Since Audrey Hepburn was such a huge star, the style of her hair became known as the Paris cut. Women wanted to feel sophisticated, and the style does give an air of class that we need to see again.

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Artichoke Cut

The Artichoke Cut doesn’t have a beautiful name, but it’s definitely a beautiful cut. It looks best on thicker hair and is a mix of curly and straight. It’s a take on a bob that we need for modern-day hair due to our lack of short hairstyles.

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Purdey Cut

Joanna Lumley is the one that made the Purdey Cut popular in the 1970s and became the high-fashion style to wear. It was a tongue-in-cheek take on a boy’s haircut that was famous in the ‘50s. It can be made modern by making a few changes like side-swept bangs or soft feathering.  

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The Sophia Loren

Few movie stars were as famous as Sophia Loren in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Her seductive look became iconic in no time, and we absolutely adore it. It’s a massive bouffant and beehive combination with delicate curls that frame the face. Few hairstyles were as high-class as this one.

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Bumper Bangs

Bumper bangs may be best known as the “Bettie Page” look. This pin-up girl wore her bangs like this as an iconic look and it became even more popular as the rockabilly movement occurred. It’s classy and sassy, and it deserves a comeback. To get bumper bangs, you can wrap the front portion of your hair around a bit of foam or a hair bumper. Secure it with bobby pins and wrap it with a scarf.

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Old Hollywood Waves

Like now, women wanted to mimic the starlets of Hollywood. One of the most popular styles was old Hollywood waves. They’re made by curling your hair like you normally would, but brushing the curls gently with a paddle brush. Then, you add some tease to the roots in the front, and then you’ll look like you walked straight out of a movie.

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