Old Hollywood hairstyles quintessentially represent the mysterious grace and elegant fashion statement exuded by Old Hollywood starlets. Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Rita Hayworth, and Judy Garland made great strides in women’s fashion – many which can be seen on the red carpet today. Hollywood glamour hairstyles can be easily recreated into more modern looks. Many top celebrities have made these classic retro hairstyles into a popular trend, and you can try the following red-carpet worthy hairstyles at home.
High French Twist
Eva Longoria is the perfect example of sophistication with her modern high French twist that she wore to the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards. To get this look at home, start with straight hair and create an off-center part. Gather all of the hair in the back and twist upwards, pulling hair high. Secure the French twist with several bobby pins and texturize with styling pomade.
Alexis Bledel was very fashion-forward at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards while sporting a clean Aphrodite-style braid up-do. To get this look, create an off-center part and use smoothing product to push back hair. On the side of the head with more hair, make a French braid along the hairline. Stop braiding at the nape of the neck and pull the remaining hair into the braid and complete the French braid. Twist the braid into a bun and secure with pins to complete the look.
Actress Amanda Seyfried arrived at the “Chloe” screening during the Toronto International Film Festival sporting a sun-kissed side-swept hairstyle. This Old Hollywood look is highly luxurious and extremely graceful. To achieve this hairstyle, create a side part and curl loose waves throughout the tresses. Pull back the side with less hair and pin with decorative hair clips on the side of the head. Allow the opposite side to fall around the face.
Inspired by fashion-icon Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Heigl recreated her classic soft curls at the 2008 Oscars. While these Old Hollywood curls look best with short, blonde hair, it can be modernized with any hair color. To get this look, comb some gel mousse through the hair while it’s still damp. Section the hair and blow-dry. Set the hair in hot rollers and then brush the hair out in a forwards direction. Apply finish spray beneath the layers.
Pinned Retro Waves
Kim Kardashian has sported many Old Hollywood glamour styles throughout the years but paired with her glamorous black lace gown, her pinned-back retro waves were a hit at the 2012 InStyle Golden Globe Awards. To get this look at home, create big loose curls throughout the hair with one big curled tendril framing the face. Pin back some retro waves in the back. Allow a few loose strands to hang down in front.
These timeless hairstyles have made their way back into the spotlight – seen on top celebrities, on the runways, and in the biggest fashion magazines. Stylists today and those of the future are sure to look back to these Old Hollywood hairstyles and recreate them. Pair a classic old Hollywood hairstyle with a vintage dress and bright red lipstick and you are sure to turn heads wherever you go.
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