Retro Hairstyles – 1940s Retro Hairstyles

retro hairstyle 1940s updo The “updo” is one of the most popular 1940’s retro hairstyles.  To recreate a 1940’s updo, requires knowledge and a few basic skills.  Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can quickly create a 1940's retro updo in very little time.

Here's how to create a very basic updo.  All you have to do is take a low pony tail, split it, tease the two sections, wind them under and pin them in place. This is a look that can be sleek and perfect, or messy and modern.  No wonder it is a “go-to” choice for everyone from working women having a bad hair day—to Hollywood stars walking the red carpet!

1940s retro hairstyles are not the only vintage styles that are gaining popularity.  Other vintage hairstyles from the 1950's and 1960's are also coming back into fashion.  Even the hair damaging confection that was the 1960’s bouffant is seeing a bit of a comeback.  Sure, Penelope Cruz would look gorgeous no matter what hairstyle she wore, but at the 2009 Academy Awards, the slightly bouffant updo served to highlight the lines of her strapless gown and her graceful neck.  The key to creating this look is back combing at the crown of your head. 

Celebrities Spotted With Glamorous Retro Hairstyles

At the 2008 Academy Awards, Katherine Heigl had her chin length blonde hair in a style that was reminiscent of the sexy, face-framing curls that Marilyn Monroe wore. And many casual snaps of young Hollywood starlets today show that the long, tumbling waves made famous by Farah Fawcett in the 1970’s are influencing styles today.

Believe it or not, even the 80’s are having some influence on today’s retro hairstyles. Fashion icon Kate Moss was photographed at the red carpet premiere of her perfume line with big, stiff hair. Maybe there is no such thing as a “new” hairstyle, but it’s a fitting tribute to the women of earlier decades to bring back a retro look and remind everyone what old school glamour really is.

Retro hairstyles hail from just about any decade of the twentieth century, with a 1940’s bob looking fine with your work outfit, or a sleek, 1950’s pony tail keeping you cool and pretty at a summer picnic.  It’s difficult to turn on a television show about stars today without hearing some reference to Old Hollywood Glamour, which more often than not means 1940’s retro hairstyles.


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