Retro Hair for the Modern Day

Your guide to easy, wearable retro hair


By Amy Lawrenson

This week I went to Chewton Glen for Tresemme’s latest launch (it’s top secret for 2013). While I was there Lead Hair Stylist Matthew Curtis and his assistant Raphelle, who works in Matthew’s salon, were treating us to hair styling before dinner.

I have a complete aversion to retro hair but at the launch that afternoon the model had been sporting a retro brushed-out wave in her long hair. I loved it so much I asked Raphelle to style my hair just like it.



The hairstyle is much softer than a true-1940s hairstyle and I avoided a typical vintage red lip choosing a bright orange instead. I wore it with a Jewel Print Necklace T-shirt, £18, from ASOS and black leather trousers to keep my overall look more modern than retro.

To get the look:

Section hair into a deep side parting.

Split the hair into three horizontal sections around the whole head.

Spritz with Tresemme Keratin Spray, £5.99 ( to protect the hair from heat styling.

Holding a medium barrel tong vertically take small sections from the bottom of your hair and wrap around the barrel, tonging in one direction all the way around your head.

For the middle section do exactly the same but curl the hair in the opposite direction.

Next, leaving your fringe section out tong the top layer of hair in the same direction as the base section.

By curling the hair in alternating directions you end up with a retro cascading wave in your hair.

For your fringe again hold the tong vertically and wrap the hair around the tong away from your face.

Leave your hair to cool, this will help set the curl in place.

Spritz your hair with hairspray, I love Elnett Extra Strength Flexible Hold Hairspray, £6.49 ( Then using a Mason Pearson soft bristle brush sprayed with hairspray gently brush your hair - this will groom your curls into soft waves.

Finish with plenty of hairspray.

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