Vintage Hairstyles

Old Hollywood or ‘Veronica Lake’ curls

Veronica Lake is the woman you think of when you picture the femme fatale in an old Hollywood film noir. In the 1940s her brushed out curls and peek-a-boo bangs inspired many pin-up looks, these days you’ve probably seen it on the red carpet or in a Lana del Rey video. Pair this hair with bold eyeliner and red lips to complete the look. In the video below Lisa Freemont Street demonstrates how you can achieve this look without using a heat set:

Pin Curls

This is a tighter curled look than the brushed out Veronica Lake style. This is a great way to set your hair without using heat which can be very damaging, the downside is that it takes a long time to dry. Leaving it overnight usually yields the best results. It takes a bit of practice, but once you’ve got it you can get a great looking vintage style every time! Here is a video of modern pin-up model Ashley Marie demonstrating this technique:

Victory Rolls

Victory rolls are so named due to their popularity during the 1940’s. During the war shampoo was a somewhat scarce commodity so women didn’t wash their hair everyday, and this style actually works best on hair that hasn’t been washed in a day or two. It’s very popular with the rockabilly and pin-up crowds, you see this distinctive style a lot these days. Like most vintage styles it takes a few tries to master, but is easy to do once you get the hang of it. This video from pin-up and tattoo model Cherry Dollface demonstrates how to achieve this look:


The beehive first came onto the scene in 1960 and was made popular by female pop singers and movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn. Over time it became associated as the archetypal waitress hairstyle, and can often be seen on waitress characters in movies and television. Like most vintage styles it relies heavily on back-combing which can be difficult to master, but creates a great base for classic hairstyles! Here is a video from John Frieda on how to do the beehive style:

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