How to do 50s pinup hair

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How to do 50s pinup hair
Hot rollers will create the perfect curls for '50s pin-up hair. (hair rollers image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

Pin-ups in the 1950s were actresses and models featured in provocative poses. Fashion for pin-up modelling was excessive and over the top, but the hair was glamorous and structured, rolled in curls and never worn straight. Creating '50s pin-up hair today requires the right tools and products, but is overall an easy style to achieve.

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Things you need

  • Brush
  • Hair mousse
  • Sectioning clips
  • Hot rollers and roller pins
  • Hairspray

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  1. 1

    Create a deep side part. Brush your hair so that it's tangle-free.

  2. 2

    Rub a palmful of mousse evenly throughout your hair.

  3. 3

    Divide your hair into 2-inch sections. Sections of this size will create softer curls instead of tight curls. Secure each section with a clip.

  4. 4

    Start with a section of hair at your hairline right above your forehead. Roll it around a large hot roller and roll it away from your face, not toward it. Secure with a roller pin.

  5. 5

    Continue this process. Move to the sections along your hairline in the front and move toward the back.

  6. 6

    Allow the rollers to cool for at least 15 to 20 minutes.

  7. 7

    Unwind each roller slowly.

  8. 8

    Shake out your curls and run your fingers through them to tousle them.

  9. 9

    Mist with hairspray.

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