Glamorous Vintage Waves Hairdo Tutorial

10 Materials
40 Minutes

I put my own spin on the classic pageboy hairstyle by adding soft vintage waves!

Follow along to recreate this fun and fabulous classic vintage hairstyle with a twist. Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Curling tool of choice 
  • Thermal setting spray
  • Denman brush
  • Teasing brush
  • Smoothing serum
  • Hair wax
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
  • Straight pins
  • Hand mirror
Curling hair

1. Curl your hair

You choose the curling method–pin curls, curling iron or rollers.

Make sure that the direction of the curls around the sides are curled under while those at the crown of your head, from your forehead, corner to corner, are curled backward.

I used a ½” iron with thermal setting spray.

Also, at the back, only curl the bottom portion of the hair, at the base of the neck. 

Curling hair

This also goes for the curls on the sides, since we want the hair adjacent to the crown to lay flat.

This will ensure that the curls are centered around the ends of the hair.

Curling hair

2. Brush out the curls

Release your curls.

Releasing curls

Then brush out the bangs with a denman brush in a backward motion. 

Brushing curls

Next, brush out the ends. If you’ve done a heat set as opposed to a wet set, make sure you don’t overbrush the hair because that could undo those curls. 

Brushing curls

After the brush through, you should have the general shape that we need. 

Applying serum

3. Apply smoothing serum

Put a few drops of smoothing serum in your hands and rub them together.

Then, run your fingers through your hair to apply it, focusing on the ends. This will provide nourishment and shine to the hair.

Shaping curls

4. Shape the curls

Then brush the hair to direct the curl to the ends of the hair.

Brushing hair

Brush the hair around your hand to give it that great shape.

Brushing hair

5. Smooth flyaways

Rub a small amount of wax between your fingers and then apply it to tame the flyaways.

Smoothing flyaways

6. Secure the curl under your ear

Use 2 bobby pins in a criss-cross to secure the hair right behind your ear.

Securing curl

Play with the curl to elongate it so it’s not all stuck behind the ear. Then add a bit of hairspray.

Securing curl

7. Add height to the top

To add height to the vintage hairstyle, backcomb small sections of hair from the top, center, spraying and separating the hair before moving on to the next section.

Do this until you reach the other corner of your forehead.

Adding height

8. Shape the curls on the other side

While the hairspray dries, brush out the other side of your hair.

Shaping curls

Then, shape the ends around your finger like you did on the first side. Add hairspray when it’s in the right shape.

Shaping curls

9. Smooth the top and secure the waves

Use the teasing brush to smooth the exterior of the top section of hair.

While doing this, lay your hand under the wave of the hair to maintain the curled shape.

Smoothing hair

Place a hair pin or clip to keep the height while the hair dries and sets.

Shaping hair

Then use your fingers to perfect the shape.

Shaping hair

Use more clips to hold the wave shapes in place.

Shaping hair

10. Address the hair in the back

Use a hand mirror to see what’s going on at the back of your head. Brush to make sure everything is smooth.

Addressing the hair in the back

Then, use clips to create an indent at the base of the neck.

Addressing the hair in the back

Tuck the curls under as you go with your hands and the teasing brush, if needed. 

Addressing the hair in the back

Then add hairspray to fully cement the hair in the back.

Addressing the hair in the back

Be sure to lift up the curls to spray underneath as well. 

Addressing the hair in the back

Then, let everything marinate to really set this vintage updo in place. Do your makeup and get dressed.

Touching up hair

11. Touch up

After removing all the clips, tweak any areas of curls that might not be sitting right.

For example, I found a gap between the curls that I want to “marry” together.

Touching up hair

To do this, grab both sections together and backcomb the ends from underneath.

Once they are joined, smooth out the top gently. Avoid fully brushing through because that would make the gap re-emerge.

Then add more hairspray to keep it in place.

Touching up hair

Add a flower if you’d like. Here’s the final result of our vintage wave hairstyle:

Vintage waves hairdo

Vintage waves hairdo

If you love vintage inspired hairstyles, try this wavy pageboy updo and let me know what you think in the comments below!

For more vintage inspired looks, check out this Easy Romantic Curls Hairstyle Tutorial.

Suggested materials:
  • Curling tool of choice
  • Thermal setting spray
  • Denman brush
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