Vintage Hairstyles For Short Hair

Vintage Hairstyles For Short Hair


When it comes to vintage hairstyles for short hair, I know a fair bit about how to get certain styles, but since I’ve had incredibly short hair for the majority of my life (mainly because in the previous section of my life I demonstrated that I was incapable of looking after my long hair) all this knowledge is purely theoretical. I can explain how to do a fishtail braid or understand how certain styles were achieved but replicating them in my own hair is fairly impossible when it is only a couple of inches long. For example, operating a curling iron is incredibly difficult when you don’t have enough hair to wrap around the barrel.


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For this reason, the method of getting those subtle vintage hairstyles that we’ve all come to love in long hair (tightly curling it with a conical iron and gently brushing them out) can be a bit tricky when your hair hasn’t grown to the length of where you’d typically start the curl.

This styling trick for how to get vintage hairstyles with short hair is one I used when my hair was a little bit longer than it is now, but this method works best for hair that is at least chin length and roughly the same length (light layers will be fine, but if you have random tiny chunk layers like mine — don’t even ask! — then it will be a little bit trickier!).

My hair is also incredibly damaged and turns into a bit of a frizz factory with any contact with heat, so you’ll want to make sure your hair is as soft and smooth as possible before you begin for a more flawless finish.


  • A classic curling iron (medium sized barrel) – I used a Luxcurly one
  • A soft brush (such as boar bristles)
  • Serum or styling products (depending on your hair you might use oil, serum, mousse or gloss)
  • Hair spray

How To Do Vintage Hairstyles For your Short Hair:

  1. Start by applying your serum or smoothing product throughout the lengths of the hair. If you’re plagued by dry ends like I then make sure you concentrate some smoothing product on your ends.
  2. Give yourself a deep side part, spray the hair liberally with hairspray and brush through the hair so there are no knots. Spraying with hairspray before brushing will help your hair to hold its shape once you get the heat in there while still retaining the natural look (you don’t want it to look like a helmet!).
  3. As you would with any curling or straightening method you’ll want to divide your hair into sections and work your way up, but for the sake of you seeing what I’m doing I’m going to start with the top.
  4. Start close to the root and clasp the top section of hair between the curling iron and its tong grip, so that the tong part of it is on top.
  5. Hold for about 5 seconds and gently pull out the curler.
  6. With the same section of hair, flip the curler around 180 degrees so that the tong is down and clamp onto the hair just below where the last wave ended. Hold for 5 seconds and gently release.
  7. Flip your curler around again, repeating the process until you’ve worked your way down the entire section of hair. You should now have hair that has essentially been crimped into waves.
  8. Continue until your whole head is done and you look like a vintage bombshell.
  9. If things get too curly, gently brush with your soft bristled brush and you should get more uniform waves (if it brushes it out too much redefine the “main” kinks by using your curling iron in the same way but with larger chunks of hair — this will also help you to get a more uniform crimp at the end.