Do the retro ‘dos of our new stylebook leave you longing for some vintage vibrance in your own hair routine? Get the look yourself with this tutorial! Using ModEmployee Aire as her model, hairstylist Sandie showed us how to create two of the hairstyles seen in the stylebook. Whether you’re seeking a unique style for the office or off-work hours, this coiffure will do the trick.
While Sandie employed a wealth of professional tools for this technique, she was quick to point out that these looks can still be achieved by the amateur stylist — all you need are a few basic tools and a little patience!
1. Assemble your toolkit. What you’ll need: a brush, a comb, bobby pins, “light hold” hairspray, “strong hold” hairspray, elastic bands, anti-frizz creme, pomade, and small, medium, and large barrel curling irons
2. Prep unwashed hair with anti-frizz creme. Start at the ends and work it through your strands.
3. Combing the front section of your hair forward, decide on the placement of the front roll using a rat tail comb.
4. Using a large barrel curling iron, curl the front section.
5. To add extra oomph, tease the freshly curled section with a comb and pin your front roll in place. It doesn’t have to be perfect; you’ll revisit this section later.
6. Using a medium barrel curling iron, curl your remaining hair, being sure to spray each section with water-soluble hairspray before curling. Pro Tip: Don’t brush or comb your curls once they set. Instead allow each curl to cool, then gently run your fingers through your hair to break the curls up.
7. Starting at one side, sweep the side of your hair to the opposite shoulder.
8. Using bobby pins, pin the swept-over side down. Hint: Use bobby pins that match your hair color so they don’t show!
9. Use a mirror to check to see that your bobby pins are where you want them, and are firmly in place.
10. To further mask your bobby pins, take a section of hair from the front and sweep it over the pinned section. Blast with strong hold hairspray.
11. Next, unroll the front section of curled hair.
12. Using a brush — Sandie recommends boar bristle — smooth the front section.
13. Re-roll the front section, using your rat tail comb to determine placement.
14. Carefully pin the roll in place with bobby pins, blasting with strong hold hairspray to set.
15. Break up the curls on your shoulder to add volume. Sandie recommends lifting the curls and spraying with hairspray beneath to add extra hold.
16. For your finished look, smooth flyaways by rubbing a dab of pomade briskly between your hands and gently running it over the pinned down sections. Any stray strands can be pinned down with additional bobby pins.
1. For an upswept variation of the first look, gather the loose strands on your shoulder and, twisting away from you, create another roll.
2. Pin the roll into place with plenty of bobby bins and blast with strong hold hairspray. You’re done!
Be sure to let us know if you try these hairstyles out, and remember: practice makes perfect!