How to Do Simple Old-Fashioned Pinup Hair

Without blow-dryers or other heated styling tools, women in the 1940s and 1950s had to labor for their hairstyles. Unlike the pin curls of the 1940s — which were small curls that sat close to the head — the women of the 1950s styled their hair in loose waves, which still took quite a bit of effort. Styling your hair in the trend of the '50s is a fun way to add a vintage look to your modern style. With modern tools you can create your look in much less time than it would have taken back in the day.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hairbrush
  • Curling iron, 2-inch
  • Hairspray


    • 1

      Shampoo and condition your hair to prepare it for styling. Allow your hair to air-dry so it remains shiny and soft.

    • 2

      Part your hair to the side, centering the part over one of your eyes.

    • 3

      Curl your entire head of hair into soft waves with a curling iron. Spray your hair with hairspray to keep the waves intact.

    • 4

      Pin back the hair on the side with less hair. Pin the hair right above the ear to frame your face.

    • 5

      Grab the front section of the hair on the other side of your part. Begin twisting it back loosely at your scalp and work your way back and downward until you reach the middle of the section. Pin the hair down and spray it generously with hairspray so you have a twisted-back poof.

    • 6

      Spread out your bangs on your forehead if you have them. Spray them with hairspray to keep them in place.

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