How to Do Preppy Hairstyles


Preppy hairstyles are an option for those who prefer a classic alternative to boho waves, shags and topknots. Preppy looks are timeless, most of which originated in the 1950s and would look just at home at a drive-in movie as they would in today's classroom or workplace. They can be altered to work with any hair texture – they tend to center around products and accessories as opposed to hot tools. Let your inner Hepburn or Presley shine through by adding some preppy hairstyles to your routine.

The High Ponytail

  • A high ponytail creates a classic 1950s look. Flip your hair upside down and spritz the roots with texturizing spray to add volume. Brush your hair from root to tip with a natural-bristle brush to smooth. Brush all of your hair back and gather it directly at the crown. Secure it with a hair tie in the same tone as your hair. Tie a ribbon around the hair tie to create a bow. For added volume, wrap 1-inch wide sections of the ponytail around a 1.5-inch curling wand and spritz with a medium-hold hairspray.

The Headband

  • Headbands add subtle volume to the hair, while keeping locks off your face for a polished result. Work with your preferred hair texture and smooth a dime-sized amount of dry oil through the ends once dry to add shine. Pull a 2-inch wide section of hair closest to the front of your hairline forward and brush the rest back over the crown of your head. Tuck the headband behind your ears until it is positioned directly behind the piece that you left untucked. Pull the front piece to the left and loosely tuck the end over and behind the headband to create the look of bangs. Use a headband with a bow or glitter embellishments for special occasions.

The Pompadour

  • The pompadour has remained a timeless look for men since rising to fame in the 1950s. Wash your hair and allow it to air dry until 50 percent dry. Pour a quarter-sized amount of pomade into the palm of your hand, and pull it through your hair from root to tip. Use a wide-tooth comb to comb the hair that falls directly above your ears straight down on either side. Comb the hair in the center of your head upwards, and to the left once you reach the crown. Spritz with medium-hold hairspray.

The Sleek Side Part

  • The sleek side part is ideal for a professional setting or if you're looking to channel your inner Don Draper. Wash your hair and allow it to air dry until 50 percent dry. Pour a quarter-sized amount of gel into the palm of your hand and work it through the lengths of your hair. Position the end of a rat-tail comb directly above your right eye, at the edge of your hairline. Drag it back until you are in alignment with the crown of your head. Use the comb to brush the hair that falls to the right of the part straight down, and the hair to the left over the left side of your head.


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