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Retro Hairstyles From The Fifties
For one of the more "synonymous with seduction" retro hairstyles, Rita
Hayworth's sexy toss of lush locks in the iconic "Gilda meets Johnny"
scene would have to be at the top of the list. Though the film was made at an end of the forties loosely waved and skillfully tousled
hair and a beginning of sleeker and more sophisticated styles, Gilda's
hair remains a classic.
I remember Mama pin curling her long
auburn hair and tying a chiffon scarf around it until it dried. After
she loosened the curls, she began to
briskly brush the tight
curls out and with a couple of quick flicks of the brush, it lay softly
curled about her shoulders. Just like Gilda's.
Mama rouged her lips with Theater Red lipstick, plucked her eyebrows
into thin arches, and used a tiny brush to apply Maybelline mascara from
the small rectangular box. She was a fifties beauty that never made it
While Mama may have been a natural, her attempts to make me look like a
star met with much resistance. No matter how many Tonette home
permanents she applied to my hopelessly straight hair, the next day she
was either pulling it back into a ponytail or plaiting it into the long
braids we called pigtails.
- Sleeping with dampened hair wrapped around strips of cloth resulted in
Shirley Temple ringlets the next morning. We called them rag curls.
- Sometimes Mama lopped my hair off for a popular Audrey Hepburn pixie cut. Just as Audrey's short and chic do set the standard for fifties style,
Twiggy's side parted sixties interpretation, Mia Farrow's spiky
seventies crop, and the twenty first century's Keira Knightley and Halle
Berry pixies made for trendy tresses.
- With her long, golden blond, and thickly curled hair, it is no wonder
Bogie fell for the very young Lauren Bacall. The softly curled finger waves beautifully accented her sultry eyes. Popular
during the thirties, finger waves were easily created by pinching wet
hair between the fingers and combing the hair in alternating directions
that form waves when dry. This retro hairstyle experienced a revival in popularity during the 1990s.
- Probably the most common of 1950s hairstyles was the bouffant. It was an attractive style Joan Collins re-frequented throughout the years.
- The bubble cut was a bouffant variation my first and only Barbie
doll sported. Even though Mama said I was too old for one, I loved my
brunette bubble haired Barbie. Elizabeth Taylor's spit curl in the
forehead style was ever so much more sophisticated and sexy than
- I don't think Lucille Ball's tightly permed poodle haircut is one
of the retro hairstyles that will experience a resurgence in
popularity. With the sides swept up into a little curly pouf at the top
of her head, it was actually a quite flattering style for Lucy and many
others from that era.
For today's celebrities looking for a classy hairstyle to authenticate her vintage couture gown, the 1950s has much to offer.
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