Vintage Wedding Hair Ideas

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Vintage Wedding Hair Ideas
Fresh flowers are an essential part of acheiving a vintage wedding hairstyle. (pink flowers in hair with roses image by Paul Retherford from

Vintage hairstyles are being worn by many modern brides, and for good reason. Vintage hairstyles are a throwback to the past and stand out from the traditional ringlet curls and elaborate updos many brides are wearing today. By combining vintage hair accessories and trends with soft curls and finger waves, achieving a vintage hairstyle for your wedding day can be done easily.

Fresh Flowers

Incorporate fresh flowers into your hair style in addition to your veil. Many vintage hairstyles use flowers at the front of the head in front of the veil. Flowers could be on top of your head directly in front of the veil or on the sides of the top of your head above your ears. These styles were most popular during the 1940s.

Elaborate Hair Combs

Elaborate hair combs, pins and barrettes adorned many vintage wedding updos. A hair accessory covered in pearls would perfectly compliment a vintage wedding hairstyle. If you will be wearing your hair back in a loose updo, secure it in place using a vintage inspire comb. If you will be wearing your hair down, use decorative hair pins to hold the front of your hair back.

Finger Waves

Finger waves were a very popular hairstyle during the 1920s and 1930s. This style involves waves of hair that are very tight against your head. Finger waves work best on shorter hair, but can be done on hair up to shoulder length.

To finger wave, wet your hair, and apply a generous amount of styling gel or mousse to your hair while it is damp. Decide where on your head you want to begin the waves and lay your middle finger flat across your hair. Take a comb, press it against the side of your finger, and in one-inch sections, drag the comb sideways until your hair forms a ridge. Without lifting the comb, lay it flat against the scalp. Move down your hair 1 inch and repeat this process to form another ridge. Continue until all of you hair has been finger waved. Once your hair drys, you can loosen the waves using your fingers. Use hairspray to hold the hairstyle in place.

Pin Curls

Pin curls are another hair style that found popularity in the 1920s. This style is created using hair pins. To create pin curls, wet your hair and apply a generous amount of styling gel or mousse. Take small sections of your hair and wrap them around into a circular shape that is flat against your head. Hold each section in place using a hair pin. When your hair is dry, remove the pins and loosen the curls using your finger. Spray your hair with hairspray to hold the style in place. This style works best with hair shorter than chin length.

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