Gwen Stefani… 1990s rockabilly hairstyle queen, master chameleon of the vintage hairstyle. She has been a “vintage with a modern twist” icon for decades. A reader asked for some help styling this rockabilly curl hairstyle that Stefani wore on the red carpet and how could I say no?
A reader request from Cara asked, “I was wondering if you would do a post on your blog about how to do a style like the one attached. Not sure what’s going on in the back of the head, but I imagine all the hair swooped up in that one amazing mega-curl! Gwen Stefani has some really fun styles!”
So I diligently played around with one of my hair mannequins and this is what I designed to mimic the rockabilly hairstyle that only a fewest of the coolest celebrities can pull off.
Prep the Hair
So here is my interpretation of what may be going on here. I started with a 1″ barrel curling iron. I didn’t really give her a curl, just some bend in the hair. I used some thermal spray to smooth and protect the hair while I curled it. You can read more about my favorite heat styling products here.
There are 2 sections to this hairstyle and they are asymmetric. The top section is parted above the outer eyebrow on the right side and curves down at an angle toward the left side of the head. Clip this out of the way. The rest of the hair below will be styled first.
Take all of the rest of the hair and create a French twist. The ends are not tucked in above the twist at this point. I am actually going to use the ends to help create some stamina for the pompadour. This doll has a decent amount of hair, so if you have fine hair, a hair padding may help you here.
Styling the Top Roll
Take the top section that was clipped out of the way and direct it tightly over-directing the hair to the opposite side. As I have stated before, the direction the hair is brushed and started for a victory roll like this has a great effect on where the roll sits on the head after it is finished. For this style to work properly, the hair should be directed far off to the side.
Roll the hair into a large victory roll.
Close the back
At the top of the head at the back of the roll, gently pull the back of the roll
- to “close the tunnel” behind the roll so you don’t see through it
- so that it covers the top of the French twist
- and blends the 2 sections together.
Final Hairstyle Photos
This hairstyle was super fun to do and I love the way it turned out and I hope to see some girls at Viva Las Vegas wearing it! It is a really modern pompadour for a girl.