Costume Cheats: Simple Vintage Hairstyle

October 6, 2012

My hair doesn’t curl at all, so making 1940s and 1950s rolls used to be impossible. This little trick makes them much easier!
Paper tissue tube
Bobby pins

Step 1: Gather up the front of your hair by parting it about 1/2 way back. I just use my fingers to gather up enough hair to make a good curl, but a rattail comb is really helpful if you want 100% clean lines. The headscarf will cover the part lines anyway! The rest of the hair becomes a simple bun.

Step 2: Cut a slit in the tube. I made mine a boxy cut, but for thinner hair, a slit from one of the ends to the middle works well. Have trouble getting the hair tucked into the tube? Dampen the ends of your hair and they’ll behave much better! For a shorter curl, trim the ends of the tube.

Step 3: Roll it up! Bobby pin your hair to the tube if it wants to unravel.

Step 4: Bobby pin it down. This is where you can determine the shape and placement of your roll: front and center, left side, right side, high, or low. You can also press the tissue tube down for a less poofy roll.

Step 5: Tie your headscarf around your head. You can tie it at the top or bottom: your choice!

That’s it! You’re done!

5 Responses to “Costume Cheats: Simple Vintage Hairstyle”

  1. The Choll Says:

    Quit being so clever! You’re making the rest of us look bad. And that is a killer dress on you, lady.

  2. Ais Says:

    Found you via your video on youtube while searching for an easier way to get my very uncooperative hair into a vintage style. I’ve managed it with curling irons and hairspray, but it feels disgusting, I’m looking forward to trying this one. Thanks so much for the post :)

    • Liz Says:

      I’ve gotten pincurls to work as well, but you have to sleep in them damp all night….rather uncomfortable! Good luck with you hair adventures!

      • Ais Says:

        I won’t be trying anything I need to sleep in, they’d be mashed and all over the place when I woke up; I can almost imagine the tangled mess. And thank you very much for the luck, I may need it ;)

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