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It’s no secret that beauty trends come and go, yet just like fashion trends, they also take cues from the past. The latest vintage hairstyle to regain fame is pin-up hair. This classic retro look has us wanting to reach for the nearest red lipstick—but first, it’s probably a good idea to master the look. Below, we’re sharing step-by-step tutorials on how to do two classic pin-up hairstyles. (Hint: Pin-up girl hair is all about rolls, tight curls, and a lot of hairspray.)
Since this hairstyle calls for the use of heat-styling tools, you’ll want to prep your strands with a heat protectant. To knock out two steps in one, look for a heat protectant that will also help promote smooth, frizz-free locks, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream.
After applying your heat protectant, give yourself a rough blowout. Focus on using a round brush to flip your ends inwards. Don’t worry if your blowout isn’t perfect—this is just meant to help you with your style later on.
When it comes to curling—or rolling—your hair, focus on your length first. Part your hair from ear-to-ear, going about halfway toward the back of your head, and clip the front, top half up, out of the way. Then, use a wide-barrel curling iron to curl a small section of hair from the bottom half. When curling, roll the iron up horizontally and under toward your roots. As you remove the curling iron, catch the curl so that it’s still in its rolled-up form, and pin it into place to allow it to set. Repeat this around the bottom half of your head. To further set your curls, mist the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray over them.
Moving on to the top half of your hair, it’s time to prep your victory curls! Start on the right side of your head, and curl the same way you did on your bottom section—but this time, roll the curl so that it’s facing upwards. When you reach your roots, carefully pull the curling iron out and pin the curl into place. Set with hairspray and repeat on the other side, then wait for your curls to cool.
To create your victory curls, start on the right side of your head. Remove the pin from the curl you just set. Then, tease the root of your curl to add a bit of volume. Bring the section away from your head and roll the ends to form a partial curl. Pin it back into place and repeat on the other side.
Moving back to the bottom half of your head, remove the pins to reveal tight, inward curled curls. Feel free to loosen the look to your choosing by combing through the curls with your fingers. Leave the top half of your head pinned as-is for the perfect pin-up girl hair.
If you want to transform your pin-up hair into an updo, it’s easy. You can create a number of pin-up hairstyles using victory curls as your base, including this simple style. Start with the above tutorial, then continue with the following two steps.
Working on the bottom half of your hair, roll one-inch sections into pin curls all around your head. To do this, grab your one-inch section and place the ends of the hair at your fingertips. Then, roll the section around your fingers, traveling upward toward your roots. When you reach your head, remove your fingers and pin the rolled hair into place with a bobby pin or two. If you’d like, you can leave a bit of your curled ends hanging free for a messy updo.
One style of pin-up hair is known for being adorned with a red bandana headband—but you can play with any color you choose. Simply fold your bandana into one long strip and wrap it around the base of your head, tying it into a knot at the top. Situate your updo accordingly, and you’re all set!
Next: How to Get a Vintage Pin-Up Girl Makeup Look
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