How to Do 50's Style Barrel Curls

Updated March 23, 2017

With superstars such as Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor setting the standard for fashion and beauty, the 1950s evokes a sense of classic style that has influenced women for decades. Whether for a wedding, prom or other special occasion, styling your hair with barrel curls reminiscent of the 1950s will add a high degree of sophistication and elegance to your formal look.

Wash your hair. It is easiest to create 1950s style barrel curls with a clean head of hair.

Place a quarter-sized amount of blow-dry gel in towel dried hair. Use a round brush to smoothly blow dry your hair.

Part your hair on the left side. Begin sectioning off your hair into handful size pieces.

Wrap each section of hair around the curling iron. As the hair is cooling, use hair clips to secure the curls as they cool.

Take out the hair clips and spray your hair with a shine product. Thoroughly brush your hair from top to bottom to loosen the tight ring curls and create the barrel curl look.

Finish by spraying your hair with a light-hold hairspray.


Pair your hairstyle with neutral eyeshadows, black eyeliner and red lipstick for a look that is truly inspired by the 1950s.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer
  • Hair clips
  • Blow-dry gel
  • Shine product
  • Light hold hairspray
  • Round brush
  • Curling hair
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