Retro Chick Presents: Vintage Style Hair Rolls

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Those of you that follow me on Twitter will have seen that I’ve changed my avatar there, and in other places, to this photo from the Bo Nanafana Havana Ball

Well, I thought you might like a tutorial as to how to achieve this look yourself. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve had short hair since I was 14. The longest it ever got was around shoulder length before I’d run screaming to the hair dresser to have the lot chopped off. It’s now around mid shoulder blade length on me, which feels VERY long and I’m still debating whether to chop the lot off again. Opinions on this are welcome! There’s plenty of photos of me with shorter hair in the outfit post archives.

I never wear it down as my hair is incredibly fine and straight and it simply goes static and sticks to my head. The fact that it is so fine and straight also means it’s actually quite difficult to do anything with and I have to rely a lot on back combing, dry shampoo and hair spray to get it to do anything fun. I am enjoying experimenting with hair styling though, so maybe I’ll keep it long for a while.

Any hair tutorials I post will naturally be geared towards people with fine hair and come with the understanding that I have little experience with hair styling, so, frankly, if I can do it so can you!

This tutorial is really easy, the “roll around your thumb” technique I find far easier on my hair than trying to roll it from the ends. The key, as always, is practice makes perfect. If you think the roll looks a bit messy then just unroll it and try again till it looks right.

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Advance apologies for the out of sync sound. I shall be experimenting with different editing software I think, or maybe a new camera is in order!


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16 Responses
  • Lauren
    March 9, 2010

    Wowzers, I love the colour of your hair. It really brings out your eyes. x

    • Retro Chick
      March 9, 2010

      Ooh Thank you!

      Better than my natural colour of muddy blonde anyway 😉

  • Maddy
    March 9, 2010

    I didn’t know you had a twitter account! I must follow right away ;o)
    .-= Maddy´s last blog ..“I became known as Lily Casey, the mustang-breaking, poker-playing, horse-race-winning schoolmarm of Coconino County…” =-.

    • Retro Chick
      March 9, 2010

      I do. Your welcome to follow me, I say interesting and profound things on Twitter (not really…)

  • Miss Peelpants
    March 9, 2010

    My hair is now a bit shorter and more manageable, relatively, so I will have to try this. Thank you!!
    .-= Miss Peelpants´s last blog ..Is Miss Peelpants Electric? =-.

  • Insomnia
    March 9, 2010

    I always loved this look, I should try it 🙂
    .-= Insomnia´s last blog .. =-.

  • Sherin
    March 9, 2010

    I love your look here! Your hair and make up looks fabulous. I have really thick and unruly hair, so I can never roll it around my thumb: I’ve been trying for ages.
    .-= Sherin´s last blog ..Crystallized =-.

  • Jennifer
    March 9, 2010

    Your eyes are GORGEOUS!!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Neutrals I’m Loving =-.

  • Rhona Nolan
    March 12, 2010

    Thank you! I just love vintage hairstyles! I’m definitly trying this out tomorrow! I’ll post the result (if it’s decent enough on my blog! Loverly blog by the way

  • La Fashionista
    March 12, 2010

    Ooh! Somehow, this makes me think of Betty Grable. I’ve always wondered how women did those fabulous things to their hair! 🙂
    .-= La Fashionista´s last blog ..Beyond Vintage Ruffle Detail Tie Front Top =-.

  • Rhona Nolan
    March 13, 2010

    Hey I attempted it! Not as good as yours but I’ll get better hopefully 🙂

    Have a look if you like on my blog…

    thanks x

  • Kristen
    March 15, 2010

    I love it, you make it look so easy! I always love your hair videos, they give me lot’s of inspiration for styles to try! Thanks
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..IdStyle File – Breeyn McCarney =-.

  • Stephanie
    March 17, 2010

    I LOVE it!!!! Thanks, this is such a great video. And I have fine hair too, it’s so nice to see some hair tutorials with the same hair type I have.
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Shop Crawl: Need Supply =-.

  • Beaut Vintage
    August 10, 2010

    WOW, thanks for the great tutorial.
    It makes a big difference to see it all done out in front of you.

    Beaut xxx
    50s Dresses

    August 30, 2010

    That’s the perfect colour for you!