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I turned to my friend Erica of PinMeUp Hair to bring you some retro hairstyle tutorials, just in time for the holidays! I’ve always been crazy about vintage hairstyles, and Erica specializes in exactly that. She also does hair for weddings and special events, so you can book her if you’re in Long Island or NYC. But since we can’t all have an Erica in our pocket, she kindly walked us through this retro waves hairstyle. Does it take a few more steps than my go-to messy updo? Of course. But is the end result worth it? Absolutely. Want to learn how to recreate this look? Follow the step by step tutorial, below!

retro waves vintage hair tutorial (before)

Here’s the before. Blah and boring, get outta here! Please give me some glamour, Erica!

retro waves vintage hairstyle tutorial

Step 1. Use 3/4″ curling iron to curl hair, section by section, all over the head. Use pin curl clip to secure after releasing from curling iron.

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Step 2. Repeat until your entire head is curled.

retro waves vintage hairstyle tutorial

Step 3. Once all of the hair is curled and clipped, mist with hairspray.

retro waves vintage hairstyle tutorial

Step 4. Take curls down and all pin curl clips out. Now, it’s time to make the waves!

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Step 5. Loosen up the curls with a gentle brushing, and then tease at the roots to give it a little volume.

retro waves vintage hairstyle tutorial

Step 6. Define where the part will be, then take a smoothing brush and brush out all of the curls until they are forming ridges or waves. Do this all around the entire head.

retro waves vintage hairstyle tutorial
retro waves vintage hairstyle tutorial

Step 7. Secure the ridges with large duck bill clips as you form the waves, following their pattern to keep them in place. Use a lightweight, flexible hairspray to hold as you go.

retro waves vintage hairstyle tutorial

Step 8. To get the tall wave in the front, take the front middle section near the part and tease at the base, section by section. Make sure you tease the hair until it is strong enough to stand up on its own.

retro waves vintage hairstyle tutorial

Step 9. Once good and teased, smooth all teased sections together with a smoothing brush and shape the arch with your fingers. Use bobby pins to secure the wave, making sure to hide them as you go.

retro waves vintage hairstyle tutorial

Step 10. Define the front wave to your liking, and secure with clips to set.

retro waves vintage hairstyle tutorial

Step 11. Now that all of the waves are brushed, set and released, gently tease the ends of the curls to get a fuller look.

retro waves vintage hairstyle tutorial

Step 12. Spray all over with a heavy finishing spray. Done!

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Huge thank you to Erica  for giving me this vintage Hollywood glam hairstyle. Follow her on instagram to see more of her work, and check back for more of her tutorials in the coming weeks. If you have any special requests, be sure to let us know!

  1. La Bijoux Bella | by mia says: December 5, 20164:21 am

    Beautiful look . . . Always love a classic hairstyle! Absolutely beautiful! 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

    ❤LA BIJOUX BELLA❤ | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  2. sasa says: December 5, 201610:18 am

    Your hair looks amazing:P

    Shall We Sasa

  3. Samantha Lee says: December 5, 20163:39 pm

    This would be fun to try but don’t think I could pull it off as well as you. ;p
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  4. laura says: December 7, 20165:12 pm

    YES!!! love this so much you look amazing!

    TINYTWISST.COM

  5. laura mitbrodt says: December 7, 201611:38 pm

    your hair looks so amazing, I wish I could do this
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  6. Charlotte says: December 10, 20166:19 am

    Start writing here.What lipstick are you wearing?

    • Keiko Lynn says: December 11, 201612:59 am

      Sephora Cream Lip Stain in “Always Red”

  7. Rose says: January 4, 20174:51 am

    Gorgeous hair, gorgeous you as always!
    Just wondering, what lipstick were you weearing in this post? It’s so beautiful! 🙂

    Love,
    Rose xx

  8. pin up hair styles says: February 20, 201710:36 am

    I love retro hairstyles very much. It reminds me of old days

    http://everyhairstyles.com/pin-up-hairstyles-for-the-retro/