Easy Rolled Vintage Updo Tutorial

5 Materials
20 Minutes

In this tutorial, from my vintage wet set hair series, I will show you a fabulous vintage updo hairstyle that will have you looking fabulous and out the door in no time at all!

You’ll be surprised by how quick and easy it is, with no special tools required.

Tools and materials:

  • Argan oil
  • Dry shampoo
  • Teasing brush
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
Moisturizing hair

1. Moisturize your hair 

As you can see, I do some significant coloring of my hair, and that leaves it quite dry.

If your hair also suffers from dryness, then this is the time to add back some moisture. You especially need to moisturize the ends of your hair, where the natural oils from your scalp can’t reach. 

Moroccan argan oil is a good choice for a soothing serum to moisturize the ends of your hair. 

Tip: If your hair is starting to get greasy, use a dry shampoo, concentrated at the base of your hair (the roots).

Sectioning hair

2. Section the front of your hair

Use a teasing brush to section off the front of your hair, from one corner of your forehead to another, working back in a U-shape.

Sectioning hair

Clip that section of hair out of the way.

Making a ponytail

3. Make a ponytail

Gather the rest of your hair into a high ponytail at the back of your head.

Backcombing hair

4. Backcomb your hair

Use a teasing brush to backcomb your entire ponytail.

Adding hairspray

Spritz hairspray over your backcombing and give it a moment to dry.

Smoothing hair

5. Smooth your hair

Lightly brush the outsides of your backcombed ponytail so it looks nice and smooth and the crazy backcombing is hidden underneath.

Rolling ponytail

6. Roll your ponytail

Gather your ponytail into a single large roll, tucking in the ends to the inside of the roll, and pin the roll in place on both sides.

Tip: If you can cross your bobby pins over each other, that will really help hold them in place.

Rolling ponytail

Use your fingers to pull the roll out a bit on both sides, a bit like a Slinky. That gives you some nice volume and poof.

You can add some bobby pins to the back of the roll as well, to help it stay put.

Adding hairspray

Apply hairspray to your roll.

Run your hands over the roll while it’s still wet from the hairspray to smooth away any flyaway hair.

Finishing off the front

7. Finish the front of your hair

Take small sections from the front of your hair, and backcomb each section.

Adding hairspray

Once all of the front is backcombed, spritz it with hairspray and wait for it to dry.

Smoothing out hair

Smooth out the front of your hair as you did with your ponytail. Brush in the direction that you want your front roll to go.

Finishing the front roll

8. Finish the front roll

Start your front roll by simply pushing it up to the swoop you want.

Finishing the front roll

Use your fingers to curl the ends into a roll and manipulate it into the shape you want.

Finishing the front roll

Make sure the back end of the roll is laying flat against your head with no gap.

Pin the roll to your head right in the center of the roll, and finish it off with some more hairspray.

Vintage updo

Vintage updo

My favorite way to style with vintage updo is by wrapping it with a simple bright hair scarf, tied in a bow around the back roll. Just tuck in the ends of the roll to keep it neat.

Give this vintage updo hairstyle a try, and then leave a comment to let me know how you liked it!

Suggested materials:
  • Argan oil
  • Dry shampoo
  • Teasing brush
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  • Carla Verb Carla Verb on Jan 29, 2023

    I have thin hair, will this work? Plus what is the Roller you used. You never mentioned that????