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How to Wear Iconic, Classic, Retro Hairstyles

6 Must Have Iconic, Classic, Retro Looks Renewed

Classic, retro hairstyles are considered iconic for a reason – they have managed to surpass the test of time and continue to make headlines when seen on red carpets and big gala events today. We have seen the comeback of notable hairstyles of icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, but even so, it can be hard to make the plunge into wearing one of these retro styles that  were innovated so many decades ago. With a few styling tricks and a modern twist, you can wear these hairstyles of the past and make it look updated. Read on to get more styling ideas for your hair and how to own the look.

Audrey Hepburn

a classic and retro hairstyle

a classic and retro hairstyle

This is probably the most recognized hairstyles Audrey Hepburn wore. The characteristic feature of her beehive is that it is oversized and therefore a bit larger than life. And yet, there is also a glamorous quality to the look, which is quite fitting for an icon like Audrey Hepburn.

Renovate this retro hairstyle by backcombing the top to create plenty of volume, and by combing out small pieces of hair (or bangs, if you have them) to frame the face. This helps to soften the look so it’s not too severe, and gives it a modern, more casual appeal. Even though it’s styled to look somewhat undone, it’s also a classic look that’s perfect to wear for any glam event.

Marilyn Monroe

a classic and retro hairstyle

a classic and retro hairstyle

There is probably no other iconic hairstyle that has been copied as often as Marilyn Monroe’s. Roller sets and plenty of hairspray were big in Hollywood during Marilyn’s era, and she set the stage for sexy blonde hair color to go viral.

To recreate Marilyn’s famous hairstyle break out your hot rollers, velcro rollers, or any other type of roller that may be in your household from years past.  You can create big sized retro curls, or you can opt for feminine curls that are not overly defined. If you have dark roots, play it up with an ombre touch  as the color transitions from roots to ends.  And don’t forget a most important element to recreating Ms. Monroe’s look – ruby red lips.  Here is a step-by-step tutorial given to us from Australia’s award winning hairdresser Michael Davids, of Bouffant Delacroix, on how to achieve this romantic hairstyle.

Diana Ross

a classic and retro hairstyle

a classic and retro hairstyle

Who can forget the larger-than-life volume in that kinky hair of Diana Ross? In the 70’s, the theme was the bigger your hair, the better! But that does not mean that you cannot sport this hairstyle even when it is way past the era. Her gravity-defying curls have withstood the test of time.

You can opt for a disco-inspired look by sporting a highly volumized kinky curl. It also comes with a center part and filled with fluffy curls. You do not need to have natural curls to wear this hairstyle – you can style your hair with kinky curls. Do not forget to use the hairspray so your curls will stay up!

Veronica Lake

a classic and retro hairstyle

a classic and retro hairstyle

This blonde bombshell from the 40′s is most notable for her feminine and sultry side swept waves. Her trademark hairstyle is also copied by several celebrities on the red carpet because it is the epitome of Old Hollywood glam.

Indeed, not one red carpet event goes without at least one star strutting her hair in Lake’s iconic side swept waves. A slick side part and brushed out curls make quite a statement. You can also toss in a retro lipstick or accessories to give a retro feel to your modern look. It is easy, classy and sexy!

Cher

a classic and retro hairstyle

a classic and retro hairstyle

Cher is best known for her pin-straight, ivory black hair during the early days. Women love the super straight quality to the look, which is difficult to copy even with the best flat irons in the market.

There have been several runway shows that have picked Cher’s inspirational hairstyle for their models. But the best thing about this hippie-chic hairstyle is that it is versatile enough to be worn on the street as well. You can create a 70’s style resurgence by styling your glossy locks with a heavy eyeliner or eye makeup. This will help create more attention to your face, as well as your hair.

Jerry Hall

a classic and retro hairstyle

Oh, those big spirals and frizzy curls! This long and flowy look from Jerry Hall is no doubt an icon. You can, however, make this look modern and downplay it a little bit as an everyday look by adding a fun twist. Instead of going with super defined curls, try opting for brushed out curls instead so it looks more natural. The bigger the volume, the better!

Which of these iconic classic or retro hairstyles are you giving a try?

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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How to Go From Messy to Sexy Hair

What Celebrities Know about Sexy Hair That You May Not Have Considered

If you’ve ever been on a hair photo shoot you’ll have noticed the big fans at the ready . . . for the sexy hair shot. Let’s face it the sultry “I want to run my fingers through your hair” is a look that should be high on your list of options to consider.

Not every one of us can wake up with gorgeous, supermodel-like sexy hair. But that is not stopping you from dreaming about it or even trying your best to style your hair with such an effortless chic look. In some cases, even if the mind is willing, we’re just too lazy to spend the next half hour trying to create our ideal hairstyle. But don’t despair! There is a way to rock your slept-in hair and make it look sexy and stylish. With the right styling tricks, you can make messy hair look polished.

Jennifer Anniston with Sexy Hair

Here are some styling ideas worth a shot:

Tousled and Down

Taylor Momsen with sexy hair

This is the easiest way to style your messy, slept-in hair, but the hardest to pull off, too. In case you have bangs, smooth them out using a curling or flat iron. You must then create Beachy spiral waves in your hair using a one-inch curling iron. Make sure you bend the curls away from your face to frame it. Alternate curling the upper section of your hair and then the sections underneath it to ensure uneven curls that look more natural.

Finish off your hairstyle with a hairspray. Once your curls have cooled, apply a small amount of sea salt spray at the bottom. Use your hands to scrunch your curls

Chain-Knot Bun

Chain Knot Messy Bun; Sexy Hair

Chain Knot Messy Bun: Sexy Hair

Do not be intimidated by this hairstyle – it only looks complicated, but it is very easy to do. Start off by forming your hair into two pigtails. Fasten your hair with the use of elastic bands. Then, form the pigtails into a chain knot. Knot your hair up for as low or as long as you want your hair to be (it varies with your hair’s natural length). You can secure the hairstyle by sticking a few bobby pins around the nape of your neck. You have the option to leave the ends hanging loose or tie it up into a low bun, whichever you prefer.

Braided Bangs

Braided Bangs; Sexy Hair

Braided bangs are fairly common hairstyle these days and a lot of women are going for this trick to hide their bangs. But did you know that this is also a good trick on messy hair? This is especially recommended for busy ladies who do not have the time (or patience) to get their messy hair organized. It is also an excellent trick for concealing the oily feeling around the hairline and gives your hair more staying power.

To create this hairstyle, simply separate about two inches of hair from your hairline starting from the part and extending towards the ear. French braid that isolated section of hair along the hairline. To keep the braids from falling off or getting out of place, secure them with bobby pins.

Scarf

Eva Mendes in a scarf for sexy hair

If you are trying to deal with messy hair, vary it up by using accessories such as a head scarf. A lot of famous celebrities such as Eva Mendes use this technique to look chic while doing errands. You can also follow suit.

You can put your hair up or down, whichever you like. Then, fold your scarf lengthwise and wrap it around your head (make sure it is long enough). Tie your scarf like a headband at the top of your head. As previously said, you can tuck the loose ends of the hair underneath the scarf or leave it be.

Side Braid with Bobby Pins

Side Braid with Bobby Pins for a sexy hair look

This is an easy way to fix messy hair and to create a fun look. But before you attempt this hairstyle trick, here is an important styling tip to remember: minimize brushing prior to styling. You do not want it to look too smooth. There has to be enough volume and shape.

Start by dividing your hair into a deep side part. Form the hair into a side braid and secure the ends with an elastic tie. If you can, try a fishtail, then go for it! Add a couple of bobby pins to your hair for a feminine finish.

Retro Twisted Updo Roll

Retro Twisted Updo Roll a sexy hair look

Messy hair? No problem – try out this quasi-retro twisted updo roll hairstyle that has all the edge and attitude of a runway model. The best part about styling your hair into a retro roll is that it is a suitable hairstyle for any length.

Start working at the front right side of your hair and twist them inward. Keep twisting the hair as you follow the hairline. Use bobby pins to flatten out the sections that tend to fall out. Repeat the steps but this time work on the other side of the part. When you reach the end, twist the two ends together to form into a bun.

Messy Pixie

Carey Mulligan in a messy wet pixie sexy hair look

Jennifer Lawrence with a messy pixie sexy hair look

If you have a pixie and your hair is a mess, it does not have to spell disaster. In fact, a messy pixie is a chic look that has been seen on famous celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and Charlize Theron. Make it your own by intentionally mussing up your hair. The more texture, the better! Due to the length of the hair (or lack of it), you can go liberal with trying to mess up the look because it will not be too overwhelming for your face.

What is your favorite way to fix messy hair?

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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3 Edgy Medium Hair Styles in 1 Cut

Reinvent your medium hair style with this multiple personalities irresistible look

For those of you who have grown tired of wearing the same old bob hair style you’ve worn forever, and want to make a quick change, you can easily make the transition into a look similar to this one. This medium hair style converts easily from an inverted bob or regular classic bob hair style. The ‘bob’ will never, never, ever go out of style, it just get’s a new tweek now and then, and this is but one more rendition of this ageless hairstyle.

Who says medium hair styles need to be repetitive or monotonous? It’s hard to say what I love most about this look, the color is drop dead gorgeous, and the cut can be coiffed to look funky, chic, or somewhere in-between. The beauty of this head-turner is there are 3 very distinct looks with just one haircut!

modified bob medium hair style

The Cut

The cut is what I’d call a modified bob. The back (everything behind the ears) is pulled back and cut blunt at the nape of the neck. The sides are left slightly longer. The hair is long, layered on top and the perimeter is chipped in to soften the edges. The bangs can be cut in any way you like.

The Color

There’s nothing like a bombshell red hair color to make a fashion statement! We’ve recently seen dynamic red hues like this one catching on like wildfire. However, these daring shades aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, and they certainly are not for the timid. Vibrant hues such as these, pack a powerful punch and the ladies who wear them turn heads where ever they go.

Who can wear it?

The hair color shade shown here work best on women with pale skin tones or pale with cool (pink) undertones, and blue or green eyes. For those of you with warmer undertones (peach or golden) to your skin, rich golden auburn’s and warm gold and red highlights work best. If you’re considering a big hair color change, but are finding it difficult to take the plunge, try on some hair pieces at your local beauty store or kiosk at the mall.  Since it’s hard to be objective about yourself, bring along a trusted friend to help in your decision-making. Red hair color tends to fade quicker than other colors, so if you decide to wear it, you’ll want to get the know-how on how to keep it healthy, shiny, and vibrant, from your hairdresser.  Here is what was used to create these dynamic looks.

 

Smooth Modified Bob Medium Hair Style

The Smooth Version

1. Mist with KIS Leave-In Sealing Spray
2. Apply KIS Gel Wax to wet hair dry
3. Flat iron with KIS Thermal Protecting Hairspray
4. Apply KIS Shine Serum

Curly Modified Bob Medium Hair Style

The Curly Version

1. Mist with KIS Leave-In Sealing Spray
2. Apply KIS Root Lifter to the root area
3. Next, apply KIS Spray Gel to ends
4. Blow dry and flat iron with KIS Thermal Protecting Hairspray
5. Apply Shine Serum

 

modified bob medium hair style

The Textured Version

1. Mist with KIS Leave-In Sealing Spray
2. Apply KIS Root Lifter to the root area
3. Next, apply KIS Spray Gel to ends
4. Blow dry and flat iron with KIS Thermal Protecting Hairspray
5. Apply Shine Serum

 

Remember your bangs can easily be altered to make a new style statement too; blunt bangs, side-swept bangs, bangs with wispy edges, or bangs cut in an asymmetrical edgy sweep with hard edges like this cut . . . whatever, medium hair styles never need be tiresome or humdrum again!

Thanks go out to Behind the Chair, Tressa and Kis, for bringing this our way. Hairdressers can find the hair color formula, cutting and styling techniques for this medium length hair style at BTC Tressa and Kis Organic Transitions Collections.  Now that’s RED!  Love the color, love the cut!!

For more great medium hair style looks check out our Pinterest Medium Hairstyles board.

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