Vintage everyday hairstyle – inspired by Vivien Leigh

Beside the outfit and the make-up, nothing is more important than the hairstyle. After I decided to wear more of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s fashion, I also had to think about how I could style my hair to look more authentic. Well, I tried out a lot of different hairstyles but since my hair is very thick and long, it was always a long procedure. That’s why I searched for a vintage everyday hairstyle, which you can do in a short amount of timewithout any professional skills and no matter if your hair is long, thick, a bit shorter or thin. Luckily I found one and my inspiration was the british stage and film actress Vivien Leigh. Some of you may know her from her most famous movie „Gone with the Wind“ from 1939 in which she played Scarlett O’Hara. I watched this movie recently for the third time and I fell in love with one of Scarlett’s hairstyles.

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Two photograph’s of Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in „Gone with the Wind“ and one picture of her behind the scenes.

As you can see it’s a curly middle parting hairstyle and it’s really classy and chic. Even though the movie plays in the 19th century, the hairstyle is very suitable for an 1940’s or 1950’s look. And first and foremost, you can wear it everyday. Of course, I had to try it out on the same day and that’s what came out.

But how did I create this lovely Scarlett hairstyle? It’s pretty easy. All you need is a curler with a medium barrel size, a heat protection spray, hair spray, some bobby pins, a comb and of course your beautiful hair.

  1. Brush out your hair with your comb. It’s important that you don’t have any tangles or knots and part your hair down the centre.
  2. Use some heat protection spray(!) and divide your hair into several strands. If you want more volume, you should make more and especially thinner ones. You can also fix the strands on your head with some bobby pins, so there is no mess while curling them.
  3. Now it’s time to curl! I always curl my strands for 20 to 30 seconds on the highest level which is very long but since my hair is thick as hell, it’s the only possibility I have. If you have thin hair, I think 10 seconds are definitely enough but you have to find it out by yourself.
  4. If you curled every single strand, let your hair cool down for a while. If you want the curls to look a bit softer and more natural, just use your comb and brush them out a bit but be careful. To make them look more voluminous, you can use your comb to tease the strands but not too much!
  5. Now you have to take one half, cut of the front of your hair and twist it upwards until you reach the height of your ear and then pin it down there with some bobby pins. Of course, you have to do the same with the other side.
  6. Last but not least, fix your hair with some hair spray and you’re ready to conquer the world!

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I really hope every step is understandable but if you have any questions you can always ask me. Since this is my first written hair tutorial ever, it would be nice to get some feedback. So don’t be shy and contact me. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed it and stay tuned for my next blogpost, which is coming this week! Lots of love,

Your Shirinatra xx

3 Comments Add yours

  1. fitwithmads says:

    I love this hairstyle! My hair gets really puffy and frizzy ever time I brush it out; do you think the curling step afterwards would get rid of the frizz?


    1. Shirinatra says:

      Well, I’m not sure but maybe yes. You should just try it out 🙂


  2. fitwithmads says:

    I love this hairstyle! My hair gets really puffy and frizzy ever time I brush it out; do you think the curling step afterwards would get rid of the frizz?


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