50s Hairstyles: 11 Vintage Hairstyles To Look Special

50s Hairstyles

The timeless adage ‘Old is Gold’ might be true after all.


The 1950s were an extremely influential era which impact the fashion scene right to this day.



The 50s are remembered as an era known for experimenting with new hairstyle patterns.


The wealthy patrons wished to looked more glamorous than the rest, which led to some over the top and daring new styles.


UNDERSTANDING THE 50s FASHION & HAIRSTYLES


The women started emulating the hairstyles of famous film personalities, musicians, models and magazine cover girls. They sported everything from pixie cuts to crazy updos but most preferred to keep their hair medium to long in length


The 50s were also witnessed heavy use of styling products, hair dyes & holding gels. Although the products back then were very harsh, they did help style better and gave birth to some awesome new hairstyles.


The 50s were notorious for using low quality styling products. Even though times have changed now & the styling products are more gentle, they do cause a lot of damage nonetheless.



50s Hairstyles are classic hairstyles that are fabulous enough to be worn for weddings, proms and similar special occasions even today. The hairstyle look really elegant & feminine and will make your hairstyle stand out. Irrespective of whether you’re trying a 50s hairstyle for fun or to make heads turn at a party, we are all in for you to try it out because they can be really beautiful & interesting.



Below are 11 hairstyles we handpicked for you which not only represent the 50s era but will also look fabulous even today. 


1. IT'S ALL 'BOUT THOSE CURLS

Big waves and curls were the trademark back then. The curls much were bigger & rounder compared to today's smaller curls. Curls were a part of everything from updos, bobs to even the simplest of hairstyles. Big curls, cat eyes & bright red lipstick is signature 50s hairstyle.

Vintage hairstyles with big waves & curls
Gorgeous round curls





2. ROCK ME SOME  SHORT CURLS

Women were not afraid to sport shorter hair or shorter hair with curls back then. Women experimented with everything from extremely short pixie cuts to medium length hairstyles right to elaborate updos for longer hair.

50s hairstyle for short hair
Curls For Shorter Hair


3. BLACK WOMEN PREFERRED STRAIGHTENING THEIR HAIR

The natural hair movement wasn't in effect back then. Black women did not have the same appreciation for naturally curly hair back then, as they did today. This meant that a lot of black women straightened their hair and rocked elegant hairdos that white women with straighter hair did.

50s hairstyles for black women
Beautiful updo



4. HAIRSTYLES WITH LESSER CURLS
Those who did not opt for big curls, preferred straight hair but with a slight hint of curls so as to stay in the trend. This type of hairstyle will look good on women with medium length hair. Some fancy neck & ear accessories will look good with this style too.

50s hairstyles with lesser curls
Elegant Wavy Hair





5. LARGER THAN LIFE ACCESSORIES

Women wore really big accessories like big flowers, ribbons and bandannas in their hair and look really pretty when done right. Women lately use hair accessories just to hold their hair together but back then hair accessories were flaunted as a part of the look in itself. Sure it's hard to get this style right, but you can a lot of fun with these styles.

Vintage hairstyles with big accessories
Accessorize it! 

6. THE VINTAGE PIXIE LOOK

While most women sported long elegant hairstyles, a lot of famous women dared to try extremely short hair and they carried it off really beautifully. 


If you're wondering whether short hair is something would look good on you or not, you should check out our guide on short hair where we provide guidelines for the same. 

50s Pixie haircut
Vintage Pixie

7. THE TIMELESS MARILYN MONROE LOOK

Marilyn Monroe is considered one of the stylist & most beautiful women ever. Her classic look of curly blond hair, bright red lipstick and that great smile will always stay a classic.

The classic marilyn monroe look
The Memorable Marilyn Monroe

8. VINTAGE BANDANA LOOK

This vintage bandana updo was another trademark looks that was popularized in the 50s.


It is an easy to style hairstyle with the bandana holding together the hair in its place while protecting it from sun & wind.


The style goes really well with some summer dress and the bandana will protect your hair from the extreme sunlight when you stroll along the beach. Check out more such updo hairstyles.


vintage bandana look
The vintage bandana updo

10. THE POODLE CUT WAS PRETTY FAMOUS TOO

The Poodle Cut was an extremely popular hairstyle with celebrities and women in general back then. The Poodle Cut sports your hair in an curly updo and can be worn for special occasions with an elegant dress. Some good jewelry will compliment this hairstyle well.

The poodle cut from the 50s
Poodle Cut was a craze back then

11. WHO CAN FORGET THE VICTORY CURLS

Last but not the least, the victory curls are another trademark hairstyles of the 50s.

The victory curl is the a hairstyle which emphasizes on the big curl at front while the rest of your hair is in an updo or let down. We've also got many more curly hairstyles for you.

It's a beautiful hairstyle that will require a lot of styling product to hold it together but once got right will make you look like the belle of the ball.

Victory curls hairstyle





THE PERFECT RED LIPS & CAT EYES
If you’re gonna rock some 50s hairstyle, you have to make sure you have to perfect red lips and those catty eyes as well.



Using bright shades of red lipstick was symbolic features of those 50s.



If you find all this too hard to figure out by yourself, and we do sympathize with you because getting the makeup and hairstyle right can be tough, you can check out the complete start to end guide to the 50s hairstyle and make up by the beautiful Kayley Melissa in the video below.



We hope you enjoyed our list of timeless 50's hairstyles that are just as beautiful today as they were 6 decades ago. Do try out some fun 50s hair. Good luck.