Wearing the same old ponytail day in and day out can become very boring very quickly. Thankfully, we have a long history of amazing fashion and style to help inspire us and revitalise our look.
It doesn’t take a lot to glam up your head with a fresh new look, thanks to some inspiration from the past 100 years of fashion.
Taking a trip back in time is easier than you think and you don’t even have to book an appointment at the salon. Here’s a selection of our favourite vintage hairstyles from the last century.
During the 1940s, Hollywood and the film industry exploded and with it came the rise of the celebrity. Actresses were mimicked by adorable fans and the age of the starlet wave was born.
Soft, sultry and seductive, the wave look could be worn long or to the shoulders and was typically left to hand loose and frame the face.
Popular during the 1940s and 1950s with younger women in particular, the victory roll was named after the move that wartime planes would perform when celebrating a victory.
The style was seen as a sharp departure from traditional styles which kept long hair tightly wrapped and neat. The Victory Rolls combined flowing curls with the distinctive ‘barrel’ curl on the fringe. Women would often dress up the finished style with a colourful hair clip or ribbon.
Audrey Hepburn made this hairstyle famous in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s and it is still very popular today, particularly at weddings and formal events.
The key to getting this style right is height – the better you can back comb the hair before completing the look, the more height you will get.
Because of its iconic status in fashion, the beehive is also the perfect style to jazz up with vintage jewellery and accessories, such as pearl necklaces and tiaras.
Up until the 1960s long hair was the norm, wound up into impressive up dos or tight curls. During the 60s, women began experimenting with new looks and one of these was the introduction of the pixie cut.
Perfect for dainty, elfin faces, the pixie cut was seen as both tomboyish and cute at the same time. The 1960s fashion was all about looking younger and the short, choppy pixie cut fit in perfectly.
Long and straight styles of the 60s contrasted against the hairspray up-dos of the previous decade, with natural looks becoming popular.
It was all about getting back to nature and looking as fresh-faced as possible. Make up was minimal and jewellery was often made from natural stones, string and colourful beads.
That doesn’t mean that long hair was boring though as many women choose to accessorise with brightly coloured headbands, scarfs and hair clips.
This style comes from the 80s and, although it was considered retro in the Noughties, it has down passed into vintage style. Influences from pop and punk music, especially icons such as Madonna and Cyndi Lauper led to explosion of colourful hairstyles.
Pink, blue and purple are the most popular choices if you want to replicate the hair of the 80s, though a splash of red or vibrant orange can look great as well if you have the confidence. Just remember to keep up your maintenance so it doesn’t start to look washed out.
So there you have it! Six amazing vintage hairstyles you can try at home, inspired by the fashion greats of the last century.