Vintage hair ideas

Vintage hairstyle

There are many fun vintage hairstyles to play around with for your wedding day. If you’re going for a gown from a certain era, then a vintage hairstyle will perfect your finished look. Below, we explore our favourite vintage styles, from our favourite eras.

Flapper girl style

There are many eras to delve into and explore beauty wise. The 1920s is a classic beauty and style era for brides, the deliciously flirtatious and fun flapper girl style is perfect for the warm buzz of a wedding.

The stylish 1920’s waves, the signature flapper girl look, are known as finger waves. Flapper girl waves are a great way to bring some glamour to short hairstyles; the look is also easily replicated using some basic styling products and heat tools and will set perfectly with hairspray, so you won’t have to worry about the curls coming undone during your wedding photos.

Flapper waves are fun to dress in with 1920’s style headbands, adorned with sequins, feathers, or other fun embellishments. The flapper style radiates glamour and good fun.

1940’s waves

1940’s waves are loose, fluffy, and voluminous. The beautiful 1940’s waves were immaculately styled, rather than messy and relaxed, women styled their hair perfectly, in order to feel more glamorous in their dresses fashioned from rationed materials.

In order to achieve this look, you’ll want to make sure your hair is in great condition, glossy, healthy and thick (or that you can at least mimic the look with styling products). So keep your hair in great condition in the run up to your wedding, with deep conditioning treatments and natural looks (rather than damaging your hair with heating tools). Invest in a great pair of curlers and try your hand at the 1940’s waves, using Youtube tutorials as a guide. If in doubt, call on a professional hair stylist to help you perfect the look.

1950’s glamour

The 1950s was a time of glamour and luxury, at least compared to the rationing days of wartime. The luxury and carefree attitude of the decade was well reflected in the glamourous hair, makeup and fashion choices of the women of the time.  Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly all graced the Hollywood scene, inspiring women with their well-coiffed locks and effortless glamour.

The glamorous hairstyles of the era are perfect for a chic bride, who likes to put time and effort into her look. One Fab Day sums up the fabulous pin-up style of the decade:

“Inspired by pin-up beauties such as Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and of course, Bettie Paige — the undisputed pin-up queens. This vintage wedding hair look isn’t about a set style so much as it  just combines victory rolls, curls and betty bang fringes.”

Vintage hair

Where to go for inspiration

For inspiration, Pinterest and Youtube are your best friends. A glorious welcome to the colourful world of vintage hair tutorials and beautiful photos showcasing vintage styles. Pinterest and Youtube are the best visual encyclopedias for vintage hairstyles; you can browse thousands of photos and get a feel for how certain styles may look on your on your own wedding day. In addition, Youtube tutorials will talk you through how to style your own hair in similar ways, so you can play around with certain looks and see how they suit you and how they will work with your personal bridal style.

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