1950s Pinup Short Hairstyles

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1950s Pinup Short Hairstyles
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1950s pin-up short hairstyles were curly, tousled and full. Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page are some of the icons of these hairstyles, and their looks can easily be re-created with rollers or pin curls and a curling iron. Always allow hair to fully dry because this look requires a curling iron and heated hair tools should not be used on wet hair, which can burn and be damaged.

Short Curly Pinup Hairstyle

Wash and comb out your hair and allow it to air dry. First grab the top section of hair (about half of the hair) and secure it with the hair tie. Take small sections of the remaining hair and curl it. After the bottom section of hair is completely curled, take some styling creme and run the product along the curls. Follow with hairspray. Remove the hair tie and let some hair fall while securing a smaller top section again with the hair tie. Curl the loose hair as you did with the previous section and again set with the creme and hairspray. Take down the top section of hair and separate it into two sections with a rat tail comb. Pin the front with a hair clip and curl the back section and repeat with the styling creme and hairspray. Back comb this section for extra lift. Take the top section of hair and gather it in a loop to form a large curl. Secure with hair clips and spray with hairspray.

Short Wavy Hairstyle With Bangs

This hairstyle is effective for women with medium short hair and fringe and is similar to the style Bettie Page used. Use a curling iron about 1 inch in diameter to create curls all around the head. Roll hair in curlers counterclockwise toward the head and secure with hair clips. Repeat until all of hair including fringe is secured in curlers. Roll all curlers in the same direction for best results and set with a generous amount of hairspray. Let your hair set for about 10 to 12 hours. Do not sleep on the curls if possible. Brush out the curls, pressing the brush close to your head to create sculpted waves, which make soft, wavy hair and fringe.

Marilyn Monroe Inspired Hair

Use a 3/4-barrel curling iron to curl hair on the sides toward the face and the hair at the crown away from the face. Part hair into sections and secure with hair clips if desired. Scoop up the curls and pin them down with hair clips. The next curl you make is away from the face and repeats the process of toward the face, away from the face with every section of hair curled. Wrap the curls toward the head and secure with hair clips. Section the hair at the crown of your head and curl the hair closest to your face away from your face. Secure it with hair clips and spray all the curls with hairspray. If you have fringe, curl them away from the face. Allow pin curls to set after more spraying with hairspray, and then take the pins out. Shake your head and finger comb if necessary.

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