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    How to Wear Iconic, Classic, Retro Hairstyles

    6 Must Have Iconic, Classic, Retro Looks Renewed

    Classic, retro hairstyles are considered iconic for a reason – they have managed to surpass the test of time and continue to make headlines when seen on red carpets and big gala events today. We have seen the comeback of notable hairstyles of icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, but even so, it can be hard to make the plunge into wearing one of these retro styles that  were innovated so many decades ago. With a few styling tricks and a modern twist, you can wear these hairstyles of the past and make it look updated. Read on to get more styling ideas for your hair and how to own the look.

    Audrey Hepburn

    a classic and retro hairstyle

    a classic and retro hairstyle

    This is probably the most recognized hairstyles Audrey Hepburn wore. The characteristic feature of her beehive is that it is oversized and therefore a bit larger than life. And yet, there is also a glamorous quality to the look, which is quite fitting for an icon like Audrey Hepburn.

    Renovate this retro hairstyle by backcombing the top to create plenty of volume, and by combing out small pieces of hair (or bangs, if you have them) to frame the face. This helps to soften the look so it’s not too severe, and gives it a modern, more casual appeal. Even though it’s styled to look somewhat undone, it’s also a classic look that’s perfect to wear for any glam event.

    Marilyn Monroe

    a classic and retro hairstyle

    a classic and retro hairstyle

    There is probably no other iconic hairstyle that has been copied as often as Marilyn Monroe’s. Roller sets and plenty of hairspray were big in Hollywood during Marilyn’s era, and she set the stage for sexy blonde hair color to go viral.

    To recreate Marilyn’s famous hairstyle break out your hot rollers, velcro rollers, or any other type of roller that may be in your household from years past.  You can create big sized retro curls, or you can opt for feminine curls that are not overly defined. If you have dark roots, play it up with an ombre touch  as the color transitions from roots to ends.  And don’t forget a most important element to recreating Ms. Monroe’s look – ruby red lips.  Here is a step-by-step tutorial given to us from Australia’s award winning hairdresser Michael Davids, of Bouffant Delacroix, on how to achieve this romantic hairstyle.

    Diana Ross

    a classic and retro hairstyle

    a classic and retro hairstyle

    Who can forget the larger-than-life volume in that kinky hair of Diana Ross? In the 70’s, the theme was the bigger your hair, the better! But that does not mean that you cannot sport this hairstyle even when it is way past the era. Her gravity-defying curls have withstood the test of time.

    You can opt for a disco-inspired look by sporting a highly volumized kinky curl. It also comes with a center part and filled with fluffy curls. You do not need to have natural curls to wear this hairstyle – you can style your hair with kinky curls. Do not forget to use the hairspray so your curls will stay up!

    Veronica Lake

    a classic and retro hairstyle

    a classic and retro hairstyle

    This blonde bombshell from the 40’s is most notable for her feminine and sultry side swept waves. Her trademark hairstyle is also copied by several celebrities on the red carpet because it is the epitome of Old Hollywood glam.

    Indeed, not one red carpet event goes without at least one star strutting her hair in Lake’s iconic side swept waves. A slick side part and brushed out curls make quite a statement. You can also toss in a retro lipstick or accessories to give a retro feel to your modern look. It is easy, classy and sexy!


    a classic and retro hairstyle

    a classic and retro hairstyle

    Cher is best known for her pin-straight, ivory black hair during the early days. Women love the super straight quality to the look, which is difficult to copy even with the best flat irons in the market.

    There have been several runway shows that have picked Cher’s inspirational hairstyle for their models. But the best thing about this hippie-chic hairstyle is that it is versatile enough to be worn on the street as well. You can create a 70’s style resurgence by styling your glossy locks with a heavy eyeliner or eye makeup. This will help create more attention to your face, as well as your hair.

    Jerry Hall

    a classic and retro hairstyle

    Oh, those big spirals and frizzy curls! This long and flowy look from Jerry Hall is no doubt an icon. You can, however, make this look modern and downplay it a little bit as an everyday look by adding a fun twist. Instead of going with super defined curls, try opting for brushed out curls instead so it looks more natural. The bigger the volume, the better!

    Which of these iconic classic or retro hairstyles are you giving a try?

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    Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


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    Marilyn Monroe Hair Styles in 5 Easy Steps

    Why Marilyn Monroe Hair Styles Should Be 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

    The Marilyn Monroe hairstyle will never go out of style. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you who Marilyn Monroe was and why she is considered an icon.  Her style became the basis of what we regard as glamour and stardom to this day. We are seeing a re-emergence of the 1950’s mid-length, roller set, the classic Marilyn Monroe hair style.

    One of the reasons we are seeing a new interest in the Marilyn Monroe hair style, is that medium length hairstyles are normally quicker and easier to care for than long styles and more versatile than shorter hair.

    This hair style is much more elegant and more glamorous than straighter hair styles and not so surprisingly. . . it’s modern looking once again! (The circle of life shows forth once again.)


    The Marilyn Monroe Hairstyle

    The  hair style that Marilyn Monroe was seen wearing most often was a medium length layered cut. But she also wore a bob hair style (then called a “page boy” and a graduated bob hair style (with the back stacked out.) The length was somewhere between jaw level and just off the shoulders. The modern version of her look has longer layers with fringe in the front and shorter layers in the back. Although Marilyn’s hair was roller set, it can be worn smooth, wavy or tousled.

    Katherine Heigl wearing a Marilyn Monroe Hair Style

    Recently, I showed a client this picture of Katherine Heigl, wearing a Marilyn Monroe hair style and convinced her to go for it. It was a major move for her, but I knew she was ready for something new. (I just love this job when I can give a client a new, exhilarating hair style change!!)  She was tired of her long hair style and truth told, it was starting to age her. She had just worn it long for too many years. She loved the new cut . . . and so did her hubby!  She was a medium ash blonde with highlights and we lightened that up more which really made for a total makeover.


    Marilyn Monroe Hair Style

    The Marilyn Monroe hair style is also a great style for someone who wants to create more movement and body in their hair. This medium length hairstyle looks great on every face shape; and it really brings out the eyes as it frames the face.


    Marilyn Monroe Hair Style

    As for hair color, it’s been said that Marilyn Monroe’s hairdressers tried 9 different shades of blonde before settling on her famous platinum blonde. As a hairdresser, I definitely do not recommend trying 9 different shades of any hair color, but my article on “Finding the Right Shade of Blonde” might be worth a look.

    If you are curious about making a drastic change, there are some online hair style programs that allow you to try different hair colors and hair styles on your image. It’s much safer that way and it’s fun too!

    To style your hair like Marilyn Monroe’s, start with a side part and curl your hair with a ¾ to 1 inch size curling iron or hot rollers. I like Matrix Sleek Look Iron Smoother, when using a curling iron or when using any heat on the hair. It protects the hair from the heat, while providing frizz control. It also offers extra holding power for the curls and added shine.


    Lightly spray Matrix Sleek Look on dry hair before curling. Taking small sections, roll the bangs or fringe area up and back. Roll the sides in small sections away from the face and downward, and roll the back section under. Let your hair cool down, before lightly finger combing through your curls. To achieve the height in front, lightly back-comb, pull hair straight up and use a medium or strong hold spray at the roots. Finish with a misting of medium hold hair spray. And if you want a total Marilyn Monroe look check out this video on how to do the makeup as well.


    The Marilyn Monroe look is perfect for formal events and casual looks. I think the look is fabulous and would love to see the return of the classic Marilyn Monroe hair style!  She is a classic; Norma Jean, our Marilyn Monroe!

    Marilyn Monroe quote

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    How to do Retro Hair Styles Like a Pro

    Hair Waves; Retro Hair Styles Make A Comeback

    There’s no doubt about it, hair waves and curls are coming on strong this season. Everywhere you look, you see waves hair reminiscent of every decade from the ‘20s to the 90s. If you want to stay on the cutting edge of hair style fashion keep those old yearbooks of Mom and Grandma handy as retro hair styles always make a comeback. Whether it’s modern, gently curved ends or ‘40s-style finger hair wave, you’ll want to give at least one of these hair styles a try.

    Jessica Alba-long wavy retro hair style
    1940’s Galm

    The look is a sexy return to glamour (Veronica Lake anyone?) and has been featured in the runway collections of Valentine and Christian Dior. See your hairdresser for the full effect, or get the retro feeling at home with hot rollers and a heat setting spray, like Graham Webb Heat Response Firm Finish Spray. After creating a deep side part, set sections that are the same width as the roller, and roll them under, directed toward your face. Be sure all of the rollers are going in the same direction to create a uniform hair wave, and allow them to cool completely.

    Once you’ve uncoiled your curls, brush them into pretty hair waves, turning the ends under. Smooth hair with a medium-weight pomade (try Graham Webb Wax Pomade) to hold hair waves together. Then, decide how you want to finish the hair style. Do you want to wear it all down like Madonna or tuck one side behind your ear like Liv Tyler? You may want to add a little something sparkly; Hillary Swank favors a glittering barrette with her waves. The same technique applied to a bob will take you back to the ‘20’s with a super cute, flapper-esque feel.

    Chloe Sevigny Waves a Retro Hair Style

    1970’s “Farrah” Hair

    Chloe Sevigny has been opting for a full-bodied look. A modern take with wavy hair ends, made so popular by Farrah Fawcett. For this hair style, use a 3/4 curling iron. Curl the ends of 1” sections under, making sure they wrap around the barrel about three times. Then, unwind the iron and clip curls in place until they’ve cooled. Once you remove the clips, brush curls into the luscious hair waves that model Petra Nemcova has been sporting lately. The look is late ‘70s-fabulous!

    Tinsly Mortimer with Waves Retro Hair Style

    1980’s Power Volume

    For something less tricky, brushed out waves and curls may be the perfect way for you to get a throwback hair style. This look is a little more imperfect, which means it’s easier to do yourself. You’ll use the same setting technique that you used for ‘40s hair waves, but instead of turning the rollers under and toward your face, roll the bang area away from your face. You can roll all the rollers back, and brush your hair into looks similar to those worn by socialites Tinsley Mortimer and Tracee Ellis Ross. Or, for a look pulled straight from the ‘80s, change the direction of every roller and skip the pomade.

    Retro Hair Styles


    If you have longer, straighter hair, you might like to experiment with the curled-under ends seen on the runways at Versace and Dolce & Gabbana. You’ll need a curling iron, curl clips and that all-important heat-setting spray. Starting from the bottom, curl 1” sections of hair under and toward your face. To keep the curl at the ends, don’t wrap rollers farther than a few inches up.

    If you just want to bump ends under, mist on a thermal protector and wrap just the ends around the barrel of a 1-1/2” curling iron. Then, clip ends in place until hair has completely cooled. lf you’re ready for a retro look with hair waves, curl and sexy movement, dust off those hot rollers, ask your mom if she still has her big-barreled curling iron, and get to curling. Totally undone ‘dos are on hiatus this season, and it’s time for glamour.

    For pictures of great looks check out our Pinterest Curly Hairstyles and Wavy Hairstyles Boards.

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