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Go Retro

Try the hairstyles of yesteryear for a touch of vintage on your wedding day.

Marianne Angeli Rodriguez illustrations

More and more brides are choosing fully themed vintage weddings and they want a hairstyle to match. Others are just looking to add a touch of “something old” to the proceedings. “Finger waves, gel waves and side chignons are really popular at the moment and the great thing for brides is, we can set these styles so they last all day and night,” says MeLisa Mannina, owner of Studio One and Style Bar. “They take some time to create but it’s worth it, as they will look beautiful all day and the bride won’t have to worry.”

Brenda McField, owner of Mariposa Salon says, headbands are a particularly popular look for brides at her salon. “[The headbands] are very beaded and pretty and go perfectly with that messy side bun or faux bob,” she says. “It’s a versatile style for both long and short hair and creates a soft, romantic look.”

Monique Munoz, owner of 3 Phases Salon also sees a demand for retro looks. “Brides are asking for old Hollywood, glamorous looks. Depending on the shape of their face, we will work with finger waves or bigger curls to create a perfectly undone style. We are seeing birdcage veils again which work well with that vintage, tousled appearance.”

With so many different ways to get inspired, we asked Mannina, McField and Munoz to help us put together the best styles of the decades. With so many styles to choose from, it doesn’t matter whether your hair is long or short, you’ll still be able to create something timeless and special.

The soft finger waves personify this era. Often pinned into a faux bob, a side chignon or a soft updo, the waves frame the face. The look is easy to create with both long and short hair and it is very flattering.  Alternatively, anyone with a bob can channel her inner flapper girl with a smooth look and a headband worn across the forehead.

Waves become a little looser and more “damsel in distress” either for an updo or worn down. The curls can also be a little bigger but they remain sleek at the crown, which is perfect for any headpiece you want to wear.

Nothing captures this era more than actress Veronica Lake and her long cascading locks, parted high on the side so the hair falls across half the face in a peek-a-boo look. A reverse roll or a pompadour pilled high on the head will also capture this time.

If you are in a ‘50s mood, the big, face-framing curls of style icons Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe can be captured and accented with a coiffe as big or small as you feel comfortable with. Top with a birdcage veil and you are camera ready.

A high, backcombed Audrey Hepburn-inspired beehive is an elegant accompaniment to any style of dress, with or without a simple headband or even a delicate tiara.

For a romantic, free flowing vibe, wear your hair down, straight or with natural waves. Braids can be used to add interest or as headbands. Introduce bangs and flick sections for more of a Charlie’s Angels feel.

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