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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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