How to Do 50's Style Barrel Curls

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How to Do 50's Style Barrel Curls
Hair clips are an essential tool for making 1950s style barrel curls. ( Images)

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.

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

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

Tips and warnings

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

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