Old Hollywood glamour hairstyles for weddings

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Old Hollywood glamour hairstyles for weddings
Old Hollywood glamour is a popular influence for vintage bridal hairstyles. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

From Grace Kelly's elegant chignon to Audrey Hepburn's iconic updo, old Hollywood is a treasure trove of potential bridal hairstyles waiting to be raided by the discerning modern bride. If you're looking for a little vintage chic on your wedding day, old Hollywood holds plenty of inspiration for shorter locks too. Marlene Dietrich made finger waves fashionable in the 1930s – a look that Marilyn Monroe brought back to popularity in the 1950s.


Audrey Hepburn's iconic Breakfast at Tiffany's hairstyle is her most famous look and her glamorous updo is a bridal favourite. If you're going for the Holly Golightly look on your wedding day, you'll probably need the services of a professional stylist as it's not an easy do-it-yourself updo. The classic updo is very versatile; you can adapt it in height, weight and complexity. It's also a good choice if you plan to accessorise you hair with jewellery or flowers.


Grace Kelly's banana chignon was her signature look and this classic hairstyle is still a bridal favourite today. If you don't want to go for the full-on formal updo, a casual chignon is a smart and understated alternative. It's also a style that you can do yourself. Pull your hair back into a high ponytail and fix with a band. Twist the ponytail and wrap it around your fingers, allowing it to curl and sit naturally against your head. Pin into place with some hair grips. Alternatively, divide the ponytail and create two or three separate chignons.


Finger waves were all the rage in the roaring 20s but Marlene Dietrich made them Hollywood glam in the 1930s. Marilyn Monroe's 1950s take on the old Hollywood classic hairstyle was less structured with more movement. You can re-create Hollywood waves with curling tongs but it takes a bit of practice to perfect the technique. Divide your hair into sections about 4cm wide. Grip your hair in the curling tongs for a few seconds, remove the tongs, turn them the opposite way round and grip the hair section directly below the part you have just kinked. Alternate between up and down kinks to create a wave effect.

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Choose an old Hollywood hairstyle that suits your face shape. Updos with height make your face look longer so they're flattering for round or square face shapes. Shorter styles are more suited to angular features and heart-shaped faces. If you're unsure, print out some hairstyles that you like along with some photos of your face. Glue your photo onto the hairstyle picture to narrow down your options and then have some trial runs of your short list styles with your hairdresser.

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