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    6 Steps to Creating a Modern Day Flapper Retro Hairstyle

    Can’t Take Your Eyes Off Look; The Modern Day Flapper Retro Hairstyle

    There is something about retro hairstyles that are so timeless that rendered them a classic. Flapper hair is one of them. There are also several opportunities to infuse your own touch to a flapper retro hairstyle, which is just another reason why it has gotten so popular with the A-List Celebs. Are you ready to embrace the sculpted wave hairstyle? It is actually easier than you think.

    If you thought tight waves have been overshadowed by beach waves or brushed out curls look, think again. Retro hairstyles are predicted to be a big hit this year and the same goes for the flapper hairstyle. Just like the sensual side swept wave, it is one of those hairstyles that famous celebrities cannot resist. Follow the tutorial below to find out how you can re-create this irresistible hairstyle on your own hair:

    Flapper retro hairstyle

    Step 1: You will need a thick gel and apply a liberal amount of the hair styling product into your hair. This product is designed to add more gloss and hold to your hair for easier styling later. Wait for a few minutes to let the gel dry after applying it to the hair.

    Flapper retro hairstyle

    Step 2: You need to work on one section of hair at a time (to ensure efficient curling process). Depending on the thickness of your hair, you can divide it into four sections.

    Flapper retro hairstyle

    Step 3: For the flapper retro hairstyle, you can use your regular curling iron or a crimper (for more defined curls and waves). You can choose whether to start curling right at your ears or the area between your ears and the roots. Simply press down onto the section of your hair you are working with. Then, work it down throughout the length of your hair. When you are done, make another wave in another section of hair that is approximately an inch and a half away from the first wave you have done. You will be building your hairstyle following this procedure until you have covered every section.

    Step 4: When you are done waving each section, use bobby pins to pin them against your head. Make sure to keep it as close to your scalp as possible. This will increase hold of the waves you just created.

    Flapper retro hairstyle

    Step 5: If you have thick hair, pin the hair located at the back of your head (as if you are creating a faux bob). Pin that section securely while you work on the upper part of the hair. Hence, you can ensure every section is thoroughly waved and that you do not miss out on any strand.

    Flapper retro hairstyle

    Step 6: You have two options to finish your style: leave the gel as is to create a stiff and almost wet look for your hairstyle, or you can comb it out gently to create finer curls (ideal for modern versions of the hairstyle). Apply an adequate amount of hairspray to help set the hairstyle. You can also add in a few hair accessories if you like.

    Give this look a try and don’t forget to send us a picture so we can add it to our Pinterest Retro Hairstyles board.

    What is your favorite retro hairstyle? How do you infuse it with a modern twist?

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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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    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


    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.

    40s retro waves

    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!

    40s retro waves
    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.

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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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