Fifties Friday – 1950s Glam & Retro Hairstyles for Short Hair

Maybe it’s just me, but when I was looking at bridal hairstyles for my own wedding nearly all of them were for brides with long flowing locks. Perfect if you have such long flowing locks – not so perfect if you don’t and your hair grows as a snails pace (such as moi). I know this is a problem for lots of brides, and so I have been meaning to do a post for those short-haired ladies out there. Today’s Fifties Friday post is therefore dedicated to retro short hairstyles. I’ve found some celebs to model for me too – honestly it’s uncanny how much these modern day celebs look like their 1950s counterparts! If only.

First up, I just love a Marilyn Monroe hairstyle. Katherine Heigl shows it off so well.

Katherine Heigl (source) & Marilyn Monroe (source)

Here’s a slightly less tussled and more tamed version. Aren’t those soft waves just gorgeous? It’s so 1950s Hollywood.

Reese Witherspoon (source) and Charlize Theron (source)

If there’s one celebrity who knows how to do vintage and retro hairstyles it’s definitely this lady.

Dita Von Teese (left source, right source)

It doesn’t have to be all about the waves & curls though. Natalie Wood’s 1950s straight blunt cut as shown below is a great look if you’ve got fabulous eyes.

Natalie Wood (source) & Christina Ricci (source)

Then there’s the Grace Kelly side bun and swept back hair on top. This oozes elegance & sophistication. It’s easily achieved with short to shoulder-length hair.

Grace Kelly (source) and Kate Winslet (source)

If you’ve got very short hair, one way to do something different would be to add some 1950s pin curls. These are created by using hair grips to pin the hair overnight and when you take them out the next day they stay in position. They’re so easy anyone could do them. I’ve found some useful tips on how to achieve pin curls here.

Kelly Osborne (source) & Model (source)

In fact pin curls are a way to get really creative. I love these looks below…

Left (source) and right (source)

Toward the end of the decade, beehives and bouffants also became popular with the availability of hair spray (check my previous post on bouffants). While beehives are difficult with long hair, a bouffant works with any hair length. It’s all about oomph! This is something that can be quite understated too if you’re scared of going over-the-top.

Left source & Right source

It’s definitely true to say that in the 50s short hair was SO in. The women of the 50s were really imaginitive with their short tresses though – much more so than we are today I think. Take a leaf out of the 50s then, and glam up your above-the-shoulder locks for your wedding day!

I hope you’ve found some good inspiration. I certainly have! It’s funny how this blog opens my eyes in so many ways!

I’m off this weekend for my sister-in-law’s wedding, and I’m a bridesmaid!! So excited. I’m wearing a fabulous royal blue strapless 50s style dress and gorgeous peep toe bow shoes to match. I’m even having a Grace Kelly bun!

Have a great weekend everyone. We’ll be back next week with a whole host of fab posts. Can’t wait to show you all.

Charlie x ♥

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