How to do 50s hair for long hair

Updated April 17, 2017

During the 1950s straight hair was not fashionable. Curls of all sizes were trendy, and women often wore curlers overnight to set their hair styles. For those who wanted a more permanent curly do, hair salons offered chemical perming services. While shorter hair was trendy in the1950s, fashionable movie stars such as Lauren Bacall and Debbie Reynolds popularised longer, curled hairstyles.

Wash and towel dry your hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to carefully comb out any tangles or knots. Either allow your hair to dry naturally, or blow-dry downward on a low heat setting.

Brush once your hair is completely dry, and apply a smoothing cream to your hair, starting from your crown. This will keep your final hairstyle from looking frizzy or dry.

Part your hair on one side. Deep, dramatic parts were popular in the 1950s.

Section off your hair into thirds, leaving a right section near your right ear, a left section near your left ear and a back section containing your hair at the back of your head. Twist your back and right sections into separate buns and clip them to your crown.

Heat your electric hair rollers. Once they are hot, separate your left hair section into its own four parts from your part down to your neck. Starting from the section closest to your neck, roll each of these sections onto a hot roller and use hairpins to keep them securely fastened to your head. Since looser waves were more popular for long hair, use large-barrelled rollers. Repeat this with your back and right sections of hair. When you are finished you should have 12 rollers total in your hair.

Cover your hair with a shower cap, and blow-dry your covered head on high heat for about 10 minutes.

Allow the rollers to cool in your hair. This may take a few hours.

Remove the rollers from your hair. Do not brush out your curls, as this will make your hair too voluminous. Instead, use your fingers to smooth out your curls.

Spray your entire hairstyle with hairspray to set your curls.

Things You'll Need

  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Towel
  • Blow-dryer
  • Hair brush
  • Smoothing cream
  • Electric hair rollers
  • Shower cap
  • Hairspray
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Crystal Vogt has been an editor and freelance writer since 2005 and has had her work mentioned on MediaBistro, Yahoo! Finance and MSN Money, among other outlets. She received her M.S. in journalism from Boston University and holds a B.A. in English from UC Santa Barbara.