3 Perfect Pin-Updos for Every Occasion

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It’s that time of year again…yes, there are weddings and formal events galore. What does that mean? You’ll need to find a hairstyle that will make you look like a star. There is no better way to do it than by channeling your inner pin-up girl!

That’s right, pin-up styles are always fashionable. Don’t believe it? Take a look at the red carpet! It seems as though every celebrity has rocked a retro hairstyle lately. To get your own, here are some perfect pin-up styles for every occasion:

1. The Pompadour updo

The Pompadour

If you want to look chic and edgy, why not add a little height to your hair? The pompadour is the perfect choice! This pin-up style has been worn for decades, but it really became popular during the Second World War when it was associated with pin-up girl Betty Grable and film star Bette Davis. More recently, you’ll have seen R&B singer Alicia Keys wearing a modern version of this look.

How to do The Pompadour updo

To get your own pompadour hairstyle, start with day old hair. Separate the front section and spray the underside with a strong hold hairspray. Using a teasing comb, tease the front section and create tons and tons of volume. Then pull the teased section back and carefully pin it in place. This puffed up front section is your pompadour!

If you have short hair, simply slick down the back and sides using gel. This will make your pompadour really stand out. For medium or long-haired girls, you have a few options. You can either style the rest of your hair into a low ponytail, chignon, or bun. The choice is up to you! There are many different variations of the pompadour hairstyle – so, play with curls, height, and shape to make it your own.

2. Finger Waves

kim kardashian Finger Waves

Do you love 1920s style? Then finger waves will be your perfect pin-up hairstyle! Not only are they a flapper staple but a variation of the finger wave style was made famous by actress Veronica Lake. This hairstyle has been seen on countless celebrities since, like Kim Kardashian, Lauren Conrad, and Christina Aguilera…to name a few!

How to do the Finger Waves

If you want to create your own unforgettable finger waves, start out with clean, damp hair.  Take some gel and apply it from the root to midway down the length. Using a fine-toothed comb, brush the gel through your hair and create a sexy, deep side part.

Now it’s time to make those waves. Choose where you want your finger waves to start. Then, attach a hair clip or bobby pin. Add an extra clip every inch or so until halfway down the length of your hair. Since this is a heatless wave technique, you’ll need to let your hair dry with the clips in place. After your hair is completely dry, you can remove the pins. You’ll be left with perfect pin-up finger waves! To style the rest of your hair, either keep it down with lots of loose curls or pin it up into a chic updo.

3. Victory Rolls

Rihanna Victory Rolls Curly Hairstyle

Another pin-up hairstyle that will look great for any occasion? Bold and dramatic victory rolls. This is one style that is sure to get you noticed! Victory rolls became popular in the 1940s but are still being worn today. Stars like Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry, and Scarlett Johansson have all managed to make this style their own!

How to Get the Victory Rolls

Achieve your own victory rolls by separating the front section of your hair right down the middle. You’ll want to run a small amount of mousse through the length of your hair to give it a little more texture. (This will make styling much easier!) Take the first section and start teasing underneath to give your hair some lift. Wrap your hair around your fingers and start rolling it toward the scalp. This will create that iconic roll shape! Pin it into place and repeat the process on the other side.

There are so many ways to style victory rolls. You can either pin up the rest of your hair and wear a sexy retro updo or leave your hair down with soft, pretty waves. The best thing about this style, is that it works for all face shapes. How? There are so many different ways to wear them! If you have a long or narrow face shape, concentrate the victory rolls at the sides, rather than on the top of your head. For round face shapes, make sure the rolls are tight and tall – it will elongate the appearance of your face. Play around with the height and placement of your victory rolls to find your best look!

Nothing is better than going retro! To look ultra feminine this season, wear one of these glamorous pin-up hairstyles. There’s no question that you’ll be the center of attention. Subscribe hairstylesweekly.com to get more fashionable hair ideas in the future!

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