Need a Cute 1940s Hairstyle? Try This Lauren Bacall Hair Tutorial

5 Materials
30 Minutes

If you are looking for a fabulous, classic vintage hairstyle, this is the one! Follow along to learn how you can get this 1940s hair inspired by the seductive and sultry Lauren Bacall, one of my favorite actresses.

It’s a simple hairstyle that will get rave reviews. Let's recreate Lauren Bacall's hair!

Tools and materials:

  • Curling iron
  • Hairpins
  • Hair wax
  • Hair spray
  • Densely-packed teasing brush
Actress Lauren Bacall with her signature hairstyle

Curling and pinning hair

1. Start with curls

Begin by curling all of your hair using your favorite curling method. I used a ½-inch curling iron to curl everything under and back, then pinned them in place.

You can use a hot curl spray to help hold your curls in place.

Brushing out the curls

2. Brush out your curls

Remove your hairpins and make a side part in your hair. On the parted side of your hair, use a densely packed teasing brush to brush through your curls, bring it over your ear and down as you brush.

Brushing back from the forehead

On the other side of your hair, brush back from your forehead and down.

Applying hair wax pomade

3. Finish the parted side of your hair

Use your fingers to incorporate a bit of hair wax pomade into your hair.

Brushing the curls under

Brush your curls right to the bottom and brush the bottom under.

Tucking hair behind the ear and pinning

Tuck your hair behind your ear and pin it in place.

How to get Lauren Bacall hair

4. Finish the other side of your hair

Brush down on all the curls and brush the bottom under as you did for the first side.

Lauren Bacall hair tutorial

5. Lift your bangs

Take a small section of bangs from the non-parted side of your hair right next to your part and back-comb that section.

Spraying bangs with hair spray

Then, spread out the section a bit with your fingers and spray it with hair spray.

Repeat, one small section at a time, until you have done all of your bangs.

Lightly brushing the bangs for the subtle wave

Now, lightly brush over the top of your bangs, brushing the top a bit to the side so it’s a more subtle wave.

1940s hair tutorial

Give it another spray.

How to do 1940s hair like Lauren Bacall

6. Add volume to the bottom

Lightly back-comb the bottom of the curl on the inside.

Lauren Bacall hairstyle

Lauren Bacall hair tutorial

Here’s the finished look! I hope you try this 1940s Lauren Bacall hair for yourself. If you do, let me know in the comments how you liked the tutorial, and also let me know what your favorite Lauren Bacall movie is!

Suggested materials:
  • Curling iron
  • Hairpins
  • Hair wax
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