Simple Vintage Bridal Hairstyle for Medium Length Hair

Wedding season is starting to wind down and the rest of the weddings I am working on for the next month or so are for other stylist friends in which I am not working on the bride, just the wedding party. So this is my last bride of the season and I am so glad to finish on that note because she chose one of my favorite type of styles, the long wavy curls like Rita Hayworth.

She didn’t specifically ask to look like Hayworth. She just wanted her hair down with big curls around her face and her makeup heavier on the upper lid with only a little definition on the lower lid. She tried red lips and decided she felt too self-conscious since she never wears red normally. Pink has been a color for lips for many years, so it isn’t incorrect historically.

Alissa’s hair is just past her shoulders in length with not many layers and she has long bangs down to her nose. I rolled her hair in medium hot rollers with the top rollers on-base going forward at a 45 degree angle. The side rollers were actually turned on their side and rolled forward. The back is rolled to have a straight crown with the rollers low on the head like most of the flat crown hairstyles in my book Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Style with Step-byStep Techniques.

After the rollers cooled, I just fingered through with some pomade to control fly-aways, form the top to go back and over. It took a few minutes to get the curls in the places I wanted. I wish you could just brush through and go on these styles, but it does take some finessing to get everything to lay where you want it. I sprayed with hairspray and put in a few bobby pins to hold the shape in a few spots.

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Welcome to the Bobby Pin Blog! I am Lauren Rennells and as a hairstylist, makeup artist, writer, and generally artistic over-achiever, the Bobby Pin Blog is my outlet for thoughts and research about vintage hair and makeup trends and how to recreate them today. Thank you for stopping by!

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