hairstyle images, tutorials and ideas inspired by the 1950s

Vintage Updo for the holidays or New Year’s Eve!

We all deserve to give ourselves a little extra beauty attention at the holidays by doing a vintage updo for parties like Christmas and New Year's Eve... A lot of requests came in for more details on the Roll & Go Hair Tool and how to use it! I spent the week tirelessly putting this video tutorial together ...

The Cobra Hairstyle circa 1957…bangs with a bite

Just in time for Halloween...I just happen to be leafing through a vintage 1957 American Hairdresser magazine yesterday, looking for something completely unrelated to Halloween. And then I cam across this beauty of an article about M. Louis Advanced Hair Design Institute's new hair vogue. The "cobra cut", they explain, gives us an ultra feminine ...

More poolside beauty tips from Esther Williams – swimming turban tutorial

Are you getting ready to look fabulous by the water, whether it is the pool party at Viva Las Vegas or a beach getaway? Here is a quick way to go retro with your look inspired by Esther Williams, famed for her swimming skills in movies in the 1940s and 1950s like Million Dollar Mermaid, Pagan ...

Betty Draper Inspired Hairstyle How-to

Betty Draper Inspired Hairstyle How-to Betty Draper and the amazing hair and makeup team on Mad Men inspired this roller set. I was doing a photoshoot yesterday for an article I am writing about 1950s makeup for Vintage Made Magazine and I thought I'd share with you directions for the 1950s hairstyle. Yes, I know that the show ...

Easy Vintage Hairstyles for Natural Curly Hair Look 1950s/Atomic Era

Here's another easy vintage hairstyle for natural curly hair. It's my second tutorial for this series and I have one more to come.  As I wrote before in the first Natural Curly Hair Tutorial, there is no need to make yourself insane trying to copy the curl level or texture of a vintage style. For a ...

Teddy Girls of the 1950s…Rocking the Gibson Girl of the 1900s

A couple months ago I posed a question on the Bobby Pin Blog. It centered around the thoughts of young people and their experimentation with vintage looks. You can see the original post here. Something to Ponder.My question was, "Do you suppose the teenager of the 1950s questioned the look of the 1920s, but coveted ...

Perfect Pin Curls without the Fuss

In an effort to provide more help and options for vintage hair, I have started looking into adding some of my favorite tools to the hrstbooks.com store. The first product is the Sculpture Pin Curl Tool. If you ladies haven't seen this yet and you have trouble with your pin curl formation, this is a great ...

Pastel Hair Color: Pale Pink Tests Part 1

The pale pink vintage pastel hair color tests turned out really lovely. The vintage pink hair color tests kind of all turned out pretty. Some were more vibrant than the others and I definitely had my favorites. I am trying to avoid a punk rock coated pink look. I really want it to look more natural ...

Pastel Hair Color seems so new, but is so vintage…

 Pastel Hair Color like lavender, pale pink, and blue are a very vintage hairstyle concept. Pastel Hair Colors like pink, lavender, and pale blue may seem new and fresh, but the reality is that is has been a hairstyle trend women have been experimenting with for centuries. Vintage pastel hair color options could include pink, lavender, blue and ...

Blue hair is awesome! Creative Vintage Wig Hair Color in the 1950s from Meyer Jacoby and Sons

Vintage hair color, especially in the 1950s, was very daring and creative. We forget that sometimes. The prim and proper ideal of the 1950s had nothing to do with being a fuddy-duddy. Those ladies were having F-U-N. They bought bright colored couches in teal, yellow, and pink. They painted their kitchens in all kinds of crazy colors. The 1950s ...