How to Have a 1950s Hairstyle

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How to Have a 1950s Hairstyle
Have a 1950s Hairstyle

The 1950s are remembered often with a sense of nostalgia and fondness. The clothes were cute and so were the hairstyles. Replicating a 1950s hairstyle is nostalgic and fun. The good news is that recreating '50s hairstyles is somewhat simpler now than it was in the 1950s.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Elastic bands
  • Hair pins
  • Scarf
  • Self-gripping rollers

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    Short and Curly

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    Try the short, curly hairstyle popular in the early '50s if you have hair that is chin-length or shorter. Divide hair into small sections. Spritz a section with water. The smaller each section is, the shorter your hair will be taken up.

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    Twist the hair down the entire length. Coil hair beginning at the base until you've coiled the entire length. Secure with a hair pin.

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    Continue until you've twisted, coiled, and pinned each smaller hair section. Sleep on your "pin curls" and take them out the next morning.

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    Finger comb each curl or use a hair pick to lightly comb. Avoid using a hairbrush, which will create frizzy hair.

    Some Classic Styles

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    Gather hair into a ponytail and fasten with an elastic band. Tie a scarf around the ponytail. The ponytail was a popular and simple hairstyle during the '50s, and it's one of the easiest hairstyles to master.

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    Secure hair in a low bun and tie a scarf around it.

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    Opt for a classic chin-length bob, a hairstyle that was a staple for many women during the '50s. Set damp hair on medium-sized self-gripping rollers. Remove rollers after drying hair thoroughly and lightly pick hair and put in place. Rollers provide added body and height and help duplicate a '50s bob. Simply wash your hair and blow it dry to go back to your contemporary sleek bob.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid getting layered haircuts if you want to duplicate 1950s hairstyles. Clean lines and classic one-length cuts are your best option.

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