1950s Rockabilly Hairstyles

Updated March 29, 2017

Rockabilly hairstyles derive from the music and fashion scene of the 1940s and 1950s. The look is all about flirty, statement styles that are full of sculpted curls and volume. Many vintage rockabilly hairstyles still remain fashionable to this day and have been spotted on celebrities such as Katy Perry. The classic base to style any rockabilly look on is a layered hairstyle that is shorter around the sides and longer at the back. If your hair is shorter, take inspiration from the rockabilly looks by adding a bandanna or curled fringe to your current style.

Curled Bangs

The majority of rockabilly hairstyles incorporate full, curled fringe. To try this look yourself you will need blunt cut fringe that fall on the eyebrow. Remember, when you add a curl to your fringe they will appear shorter and higher up your forehead. When hair is damp, apply a small amount of hair serum to ensure hair is perfectly sleek. Use a large barrel brush and a hairdryer and curl your fringe, creating one large barrel curl. Alternatively, add a large roller to dry hair and remove after several minutes.

Pin Curls

A well-formed curly style is a classic rockabilly look. Many rockabilly hairstyles require hair to be curly but you can achieve a similar style without the drastic measure of having a perm. Curling hair with heated appliances such as curling irons was not possible in the 1950s and doing it today can cause damage. Try using the pin curl technique for a more authentic rockabilly look. Take one to two inch sections of hair and wrap around your finger creating a curl. Pin the curl to your scalp using a hair clip and repeat this process all over your head. Leave over night and remove the pins in the morning for a curly look. Leave your curls loose or pin your hair up and finish with a tied bandanna.

High Ponytail

Curled fringe and a high ponytail is a fun and flirty rockabilly hairstyle. This look can be achieved in a matter of minutes and the finished result is classic and well groomed. Add a roller to your fringe so they can begin to set. While the roller is still in place put the remaining hair into a high ponytail. Curl the ends of your ponytail by adding a couple of rollers and leaving in place while you do your make-up. Remove the rollers, including the one in your fringe and finish with hairspray.

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Based in Manchester, U.K., Natalie Baker has been a freelance beauty and fashion writer since 2009. Her work appears in the beauty pages of "The Detour Magazine" and online at Just Makeup Artists. Baker is experienced in both television and print journalism, and holds a Bachelor of Arts broadcast journalism from Salford University.