A very common question I get from readers is how to get the vintage look with their naturally curly hair. We see so many images of starlets from the Golden Age of Hollywood with perfect curls and waves. It is very intimidating and almost seems that your natural hair texture will work against you.
But the texture is where natural curly girls have the advantage. While straight haired girls are fighting to create a curl for a vintage look, your curl is already set. The curl is the basis of the vintage look and no matter the level of curl; the glamour can be achieved easily and quickly.
There is no need to make yourself insane trying to copy the curl level or texture of a vintage style. For a finished vintage hairstyle to look great, I believe the most important thing is to get the silhouette and form right. The silhouette or form in hairstyling refers to the outer shape of the hairstyle.
The time periods we idealize in the history of hairstyling had very recognizable silhouettes. The Jazz Age was known for its bobbed hair while the Mod 1960s were known for bouffants and beehives. When you want to style your hair for a certain time period, study the shape of the common looks you are attracted to. Manipulate your curls to emulate the silhouette and you are ready to go.
Wartime – early 1940s
Keira's curl will be an amazing base for vintage hairstyles that were all based around curl.
01 Start by parting a section out that is about 3 by 3 inches square on top of you head. For the most authentic look, the outer lines of the section should line up with the outer corners of the eyebrow. Parts at that time generally lined up with the outer corner of the eyebrow.
02 Roll this section of hair over itself to create a wave effect and pin it in place.
03 Allow some of the curl to sit in front of this form and separate it some with your fingers to create a curl fluff.
04 Section out the full side piece that runs from behind the ear and directly up to the first form.
05 Twist this section back like a mini French twist that sits above the ear and pin it in place.
06 Fluff the curl toward the top to add some height and pin it place.
07 Repeat this step on the opposite side section so you now have the hair pinned back at the sides.
08 Direct the back section of the hair down toward the shoulders with your fingers.
09 Use pins throughout the hairstyle to control the natural curl into the form you want. I added bobby pins in the back section near the ears to get the look very common in the 1940s of the curl belling out at the bottom.