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40s Retro Waves; DIY, How To Tips to Create Veronica Lake Waves

The Simplest Ways to Make the Best of 40s Retro Waves Hairstyles

Next time you’re at the Mall and you see a beautiful head of voluminous waves, pay attention to the men she walks by. You’re going to get a lesson in the flexibility that exists in the male neck. As nothing sparks a man’s fancy like the old Hollywood waves look. Stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Veronica Lake, Marilyn Monroe became superstars with this trademark look. These gals of the 40s had a style all their own! No other era quite captures the confident, dangerous, sensuous, sexy, type of femininity that these ladies exuded!

Veronica Lake waves are the ultimate ode to old-Hollywood.

Clip-in Extentsion Route

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To prep for this look, use a 1″ barrel curling iron to curl the clip-in extension (make sure it is heat-friendly if it is not human hair). Then, create a strong side part in your hair and using a 2″ curling iron, create pin curls (curling towards the face) and secure with a bobby pin while completing the next step.

Nest, clip in the extensions at the crown of the head to add allover volume to the lake. Remove the bobby pins that are holding the pin curls in place and brush out hair.  Finish off the look by running some shine serum through the ends of your hair . . . And there you have the perfect Veronica Lake old-Hollywood waves.

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Kyra Sedgwick’s hairstyle recalls the 1940s femme fatale!

Kyra Sedgewick’s, Oscar de la Renta dress and her 40s retro waves hairstyle, are reminiscent of the late-great Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake and Audrey Hepburn.

If you follow Pinterest you already know that retro waves are back once again to remind us that these women should not be forgotten and femininity rules! A classic 1940s femme fatale look, is the hair style Robert Vetica, renown celebrity hairdresser, chose for Kyra Sedgwick at the 2009 Golden Globes. Robert was hairdresser for both Kyra and Salma Hayek at the awards and has a list of celebrities he has worked with that includes, Eva Longoria, Hilary Swank and Naomi Watts to name just a few.

If you want to pull off one of these 1940’s looks, Robert Vetica gives up his secrets below. But, remember also, these gals oozed personality with an attitude, which defines the era. And if you can capture THAT . . . You’ve got it and you too could be put on stage!

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Lovely Rita Hayworth!

How to get the look:

  • Work a smoothing serum into towel dried hair and blow dry smooth with a large round brush. Robert used Moroccanoil Treatment on Kyra Sedgwick’s hair.
  • Mist around hairline with a strong hold spray gel and direct hair up and away from the forehead and face.
  • Lightly spray hair with a thermal protecting spray to protect and give a firm hold to curling. Curl with a large barrel curling iron to create waves and volume.
  • Finish by rubbing a small amount of styling cream into hands and distributing throughout the hair to give a finishing shine. Robert used Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream.

The Pantene Veronica Lake Hair Tutorial

  



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What Celebrities Know about 1940s Hairstyles That You May Not Have Considered

Long Soft Curls of The 1940s Hairstyles Are Hot For Fall

1940s Hair Style glamour makes a comeback ~~ Jill Hilbrenner over at Helium has been watching the runways and has noticed that the likes of fashion designers such as: Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen (a fav of Gwyneth Paltrow’s) and Gavin Douglas have all featured 1940’s hairstyles. I predicted this trend back in July. I love the 1940s hairstyles, those beautiful waves are such a classy feminine look. The classic hairstyles of the 1940’s have never really gone out of style, iconic celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor made these looks timeless. Check out my article 1940s Hairstyles are Hot! For more great looks from this glamorous decade.

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Agyness Deyn's super short blonde haircut

Short Haircuts Getting Attention in Toronto ~~ Agyness Deyn’s super short haircut is a hit with Erin Kobayashi of the Toronto Star she writes about the trials and tribulations of going with a super short hairstyle. In it, she notes short cuts on: Mia Farrow, Jean Seberg, writer Gertrude Stein, Canadian architect, Phyllis Lambert, Karen Kain and Zoe Centeno. I’ve got plenty more great pixie hairstyles in my article Pixie Haircuts Showing up in Hollywood.

Young woman with bruntette 1940s hairstyle

Canadian West Like Short Hairstyles as Well ~~ Joanne Blain, from the Vancouver Leader-Post interviews three of the leading Canadian hairdressers who talk about what is hot the hot fall hairstyle trends. They like Bobs, Crops and the long and soft 1940s hairstyles that have been seen on Katie Holmes, Ellen Pompeo, and Selma Blair.

1940s Hair Style

David Evangelista Likes Long Waves Too! ~~ One of my fav celebrity hairdressers is David Evangelista, a regular on The Early Show, on CBS. His Fall hairstyle predictions are that wavy hair is back. Big, beautiful, loose curls are sexy and classic. Give it a look his video clips are always fun to watch.

 

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40s Hairstyle is Hot!

40s Hairstyles

40s Hairstyle Veronica Lake

40s Hairstyles Formal Look How To

Surely you’ve noticed more and more celebrities wearing the 40s hairstyles of those alluring women of the 1940’s silver screen. Veronica Lake, Grace Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Ingrid Bergman, Marilyn Monroe, the list of leading ladies whose retro 40s hairstyles are being reborn with today’s top celebrities goes on and on . . . applause, applause.“Formal Hairstyles, 40s Hairstyles”

To pull off all this glamour, formal 40s hairstyles were only part of the picture. These glamour babes oozed feminine style and grace from head to toe and emanated a confidence and a powerful presence of their own. To do justice to this style, don’t settle for anything less than the full package, formal 40s hairstyle, makeup, clothing, shoes, handbag and jewelry. Makeup must-haves include deep red lipstick, smokey eyes and a natural looking base makeup.

These retro hairstyles are not your everyday look, so expect a little upfront practice to initially learn the how-tos. But if you’re looking to stand out from the others at your next soiree . . . a little upfront time is well worth it.

You will need;

  • Large hot rollers or curling iron. Hot rollers are easiest to use.
  • Curling iron (1 1/4″ of 1 1/2″ barrel) When taking curl off barrel, wind around fingers & bobby pin to hold
  • Bobby pins
  • Light styling spray
  • Finishing spray
  • Comb
  • Brush

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