Pin up hairstyles have never really gone out of style. Though the pin up era most recognizably took place in the ’40s and ’50s, the style dates all the way back to the 1890s, a time known for its gaiety, and includes the signature styles of the 1920s and the 1950s as well. The point is, there’s a look for every length, style, cut, and color of hair. If you want to update your look by giving it a retro twist, tempt yourself with some hair envy.
The Best Pin Up Hairstyles to Rock Today
Polished curls, sleek, smooth waves, delicate pin curls and mind-blowing Victory rolls look extremely sexy and often glamorous. Want to upgrade the chosen retro hairstyle? Think of an intriguing hair color solution to add to your look. Throw in some pink and black highlights into blonde hair or try the pastel hair trend. Here are some cutest hairstyles to check.
Voluminous Victory Rolls
Victory rolls are one of the most popular looks from the 1940s. It was a particularly patriotic ‘do, but now it encapsulates vintage glamour. To be honest, this girl is killing the ’40s ideal: the hairstyle, the color, the red lip – perfection!
Perfect Second Day Hair
It just happens so that another iconic pin up look is an excellent fix for second or even third day hair. Some dry shampoo, a little shine serum, and a few bobby pins take care of your roll – a signature of pin up hairstyles, by the way. A scarf takes care of the back, but remember that bolder is better.
Classic Pin Up Curls
The soft curls framing the face, pinned perfectly in place – this is a classic retro look. It’s perfect for medium hair and because curls always do better on the second day, this is another fab style for days when you want to skip the shampoo.
Easy Elegant Updo
Here’s an excellent, glamorous updo for long hair or medium hair. The hat isn’t necessary, but you have to admit that it really makes the look. Though the finished product looks intricate, pinning your curls is as easy as … well, as easy as opening up a bobby pin, honestly.
Loose and Laid-Back V-Rolls
Pin up hair doesn’t have to be perfect. This is laid-back and a little tousled version of victory rolls you can do yourself even if you are a beginner in hair styling.
Classically Elegant Pin Up Style
Many classic pin up ‘dos strive for this kind of perfection. The sheen of dark brown or black hair lends itself well to the signature shine of the era’s hairstyles – the idea was for loose but structured gleaming curls.
The Perfect Curls for Long Hair
This is an ideal retro look. Seriously, it’s top-to-bottom perfection, from the long curls to the cute hat. She has it cocked at the perfect angle with that big, beautiful, rolled curl styled to balance the hat.
Making Use of Era-Appropriate Accessories
Love hair accessories? Not all that into hats? You can still embrace pin up girl hairstyles. Big, colorful bows evoke the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, so give your retro ponytail a little extra flair.
Easy Curls for Straight Hair
Not everyone’s blessed with curly hair. You might have a little bit of wave but not a lot of definition. What you can do is to add a few large, defined curls with a thick barrel curling iron. It looks like that’s what this lovely lady’s done.
From Pin Up to Starlet
This is more than pin up fabulous. This girl has Rita Hayworth hair going on. Those are some serious curls, perfectly arranged but still bouncy and natural. Here are your hair goals!
Pin Up Roll Updo
Seriously, that is an enormous roll and this style is so on point. This is legit pin up girl hair. You could probably use a sock bun hack to perfect this in no time.
Vintage Meets Modern
How cool is this? Vintage pin curls meet the modern ombre trend, with a shock of bright purple dip-dye – to die for! Check out some images for this mix, there are several colors that actually add to the pin up look.
Darling, You Should Be in Pictures!
Here’s another gorgeous girl rocking the starlet look. Many African American trendsetters of the day helped propel this style to popularity – fierce forerunners like Dorothy Dandridge and Lena Horn stepped out and inspired the era even before the fashion models and runway walkers.
The Rosie Riveter Rock Star Look
Here’s another reason retro looks go well with black hair. It’s inexplicable but it somehow works. The more important point is this pin up hair itself – just look at it. It’s a little edgier and grittier than other looks of the era, more like the Rosie the Riveter badass look. See: Alex Vause, OITNB.
The Curliest Updo
The intricacy involved in this style won’t be easy, but the patience is worth it. Actually, once you have your hair up, the curls shouldn’t be too hard to pin and spray in place. It’s just a very involved process.
A Little ’50s Flair
Although this is still technically a pin up era ‘do, there’s something vivaciously ’50s about it too. The high ponytail, the bouncy curls, the straight curled under bangs, and that adorable headband – they speak of soda shops, jukeboxes, and poodle skirts.
A Headscarf Goes a Long Way
It seems too good to be true, the ability to create signature pin up girl hair when most of your hair is covered. However, the headscarf is practically iconic, especially with perfectly curled bangs peeking out.
Vintage Charm for Short Hair
Pin curls are so absolutely precious. They do work best with short hair because of the intricacy involved. You can see the time it takes to pin each curl perfectly, right? Ok, it’s not easy as long as it’s your first attempt.
V Is for Volume
Here we have another enormous roll that definitely impresses. Because it is so big, you’ll have to work to get the volume, but structuring a roll this large isn’t that hard at all.
Retro Curls with Modern Color
As mentioned, when it comes to pin curls short hair is best, but medium comes in at a close second. As long as you don’t have too much hair to pin, you’re generally okay – in that, you won’t get frustrated after twenty minutes and give up on the whole look.
The point is, there are pin up hairstyles for every type of hair – long, short, or medium; thick, fine, or curly; red, black, or pink. It comes down to picking a style that defines your features and works with your locks. What’s your pin up poison?