How Do You Style Short Hair for a '50s Look?


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Create the poodle cut, a style Lucille Ball made famous, by working styling gel through short, layered hair and then parting the front section of the hair and pinning it. Gather the rest of the hair into a ponytail, and pin and spray any loose ends into place.

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Using a 3/4-inch curling iron, begin curling small sections of the front of the hair into ringlets, and pin each curl sideways to the scalp from the middle of the curl out. Leave the ends of the curl loose, and pin or position some of the front curls to frame the face. For an added vintage feel, wrap a bandana around the head and tie it behind the finished curls.

For loose Marilyn Monroe inspired waves, begin by applying hair gel to hair before blow-drying it straight with a roller brush. Take 1-inch sections of hair, and apply hairspray to the ends before setting the hair with medium-barreled hot rollers. After about 20 minutes, unroll the hair, and brush it in the opposite of the direction that you rolled it in. Add volume by spraying the roots of the hair with hairspray while the head is upside down. Flip the hair back, and use your fingers to adjust any stray curls.

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