There’s something about a retro hairstyle that screams Old Hollywood glamour, and with the month of December waiting just around the corner, it’s right about time to start gathering some much needed inspiration for the hair department. If you want to try something different this year, forget about the straight locks, the sweet braids and the messy buns, and opt for something sophisticated and flirty instead.
And nothing looks more flattering and alluring than a perfectly styled vintage ‘do, with a few modern twists of course. That’s why we brought together the 5 most charming retro hairstyles, courtesy of our favorite stars of the moment. If they can channel the old-time elegance on the red carpet, so can you for the distinct parties, wedding receptions or galas you plan on attending in the months to come. Allow for these timeless hair ‘dos to complete your flawless and always graceful appearances, and add a touch of the retro flair to your polished evening looks.
Emma Stone’s Faux Bob made quite an impression during “The Amazing Spider-Man” Promo Tour this summer. Her unkempt waves were styled in a alluring retro ‘do that perfectly complemented the dramatic wine lips and the exquisite Gucci embroidered gown. Emma’s vampy look can be recreated by using a curl control mousse, a hairspray, a curling iron and a pin-curl set.
Proceed by applying the mousse on the towel-dried hair for extra texture, and then air dry your locks. Use a 1″ curling iron on small, individual sections of your hair and secure the curls with the pins. Hairspray the pin-curls and wait for about five minutes. Unpin the curls starting from the bottom and gently make your way to the top. Finger comb the curls to preserve the “S” shape, and get that natural, bouncy feel. Finish off by styling the curls in a deep-side faux bob right above the neck, and use some more hairspray to make sure the retro up-do will hold throughout the night.
Diane Kruger’s Vintage Inspired Long Side-Part perfectly channeled the Cannes’ glamour and elegance at the 2012 amfAR’S Cinema Against Aids Gala back in May. The actress styled her Chanel gown with a hair ‘do that merged two major hair trends together: the sophisticated soft retro waves, alongside the edgy wet-look finish. Her long deep-side part was sleek and soft at the same time, and was emphasized by a flawless make-up consisting of smokey eyes and glossy lips. Diane’s super-feminine retro hairstyle is the key to a vintage inspired look with a twist of modern.
Nicole Scherzinger’s Pompadour Ponytail made for an edgy, sophisticated and impressive appearance during the Men in Black 3 New York Premiere. The singer accented her retro flavored ponytail with complementary thick cat-eyes, and a shiny pink lipstick. You can easily achieve this flirty hair ‘do by styling your hair in a sleek high ponytail, and finishing off the look with a voluminous pompadour. This implies rolling your smooth bangs under for a skyscraper effect. For extra shiny locks, use a shine serum to spray all over your hair before proceeding.
Taylor Swift’s Retro Loose Bun is just one of the many vintage inspired hairstyles the country singer loves to sport on the red carpet. For the launch of her “Wonderstruck” perfume at Sephora Americana, Taylor played with her flawless retro curls and styled them in a romantic side-parted loose bun. The elegant hair ‘do is twisted at the back and pinned at the nape. Taylor’s enchanting up-do featured intertwined sections meant to create a finger wave illusion. Style the unconventional retro ‘do with bold lips and delicate jewelry for an ultra feminine approach.
Katy Perry’s 1920s Inspired Flapper Hair ‘Do is nothing short of drama, and it would look absolutely wonderful on any of the ladies ready to channel “The Great Gatsby” style this season. The adventurous up-do features shiny face-framing waves that are pinned underneath to achieve that flawless faux bob effect we all love so much. Katy topped her daring ‘do with a statement head piece that enhanced the grace and beauty of this romantic retro look. To make the most out of this hairstyle, make sure to complement it with a double string of pearls and a 1920s inspired attire.