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From Bouffants to Victory Rolls! 4 Vintage Hairstyles You Can Do Yourself



El Mai Style Me Vintage - BellaNaija - April2013005More often than not, hairstyles are recycled! So sometimes when searching for new hairstyles the best place to look is in the past. Hair plays a huge part in our overall appearance and sometimes it’s best to transform your curls, twists and updos into a classy vintage look. You don’t have to be a movie buff or a 50’s film star to attempt vintage hairstyles that are inspiring and make a statement. Here are a few hairstyles you can try to get that vintage look.

First off, here are some tools you will need;
1. Smoothing lotion for frizz/fly away hair and flexibility
2. Bobby pins to keep hair in place
3. Hair spray from light hold
4. A smoothing brush

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How to get this hairstyle
Step 1: Section the part you want to roll up. You can see the image above for directions.
Step 2: Apply a smoothing lotion of choice.
Step 3: Back comb hair; this is also known as teasing (It is easier to achieve rolls if hair has some texture), alternatively you can pre curl with tongs/straighter or rollers)
Step 4: Roll to your desired style and pin it up with bobby pins.

Top Tip: It is easier to achieve rolls if hair has some texture and curls (i.e; when it has been already set).

Pin Curls and Vintage Waves

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How to get this hairstyle
Step 1: Use your curling iron to curl hair.
Step 2: Pin down every curl to keep curl in place.
Step 3: After curling all your hair, let it cool for about 5 minutes and take pins out.
Step 4: Use a smoothing brush to brush curls out. This shows the vintage curl pattern.
Step 5: Wrap the curls around your finger; slide it off then and hold against your head with a or several bobby pins.

The Pompodour hairstyle

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How to get this hairstyle
Step 1: Backcomb the front section of the hair so it stays in place.
Step 2: Spray the backcombed area with light hold hair spray.
Step 3: Smooth the edges.
Step 4: Curl hair to the side and pin in place.

Did You Know: The 2013 retro girl uses a curling iron to achieve this curls but the original 1940s retro girl would wrap strands of wet hair around finger, pin and leave to dry overnight.

The Bouffant Hairstyle

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How to get this hairstyle
The bouffant also called the beehive is styled by backcombing the hair as high as you would want.
Step 1: Start by sectioning individual layers of your hair.
Step 2: Take the sectioned hair, spray some hair spray and backcomb.
Step 3: Repeat step 2 until all sectioned hair has been sprayed and backcombed.
Step 4: Take each sectioned hair and lightly smoothen with a comb and respray.
Step 5: When happy with the height, pin it at the back. Alternatively you can curl the tips to add more style.

Vintage styles look a little intimidating but they are easy to achieve once you have the right technique and products. Remember to share your tips on how you achieve your vintage hairstyles.Enjoy.
El’MAI is a refreshing brand of hair products created with the African woman in mind; the new product range will be launching In Nigeria in May. EL’MAI Founder and Canadian trained Cosmetologist Ololade Fakunle, is available by appointment only at the salon @ Cactus, Victoria Island. Contact info – +234 7063309937/ [email protected] / | Follow on Instagram: elmai_elmai


  1. Dora the explorer

    May 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    not for the everyday but ill definitaly try these..

  2. Zero

    May 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Rollercoasters baby6…

  3. Bimpe

    May 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Yay…I’ve always wanted to know how to do this!

  4. tessyometie

    May 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    yay….my friend going places

  5. Usaveone

    May 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    First pic rocks!

  6. lola

    May 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    lola kudos!

  7. Hephzibah

    May 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Was hoping to see something TRULY for the African woman and her AFRICAN HAIR! Lovely hairstyles though.

  8. Bliss

    May 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Long live Elmai! These hair styles are the cat’s meow. Special request: Audrey Hepburn


    May 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    This is really NICE!! Definately featuring it on the BLOG!!!

  10. Lovely!

    May 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Love these styles! Unique and classy

  11. Ajoke

    May 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Nice job Lola 🙂

  12. i no send

    May 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    the 5th pic model is pretty….

  13. Lovely!

    May 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    superb! Can’t wait to see the natural hairstyles. Heard you are really good at natural hair care.

  14. Mrs A

    May 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    So proud of you lola! Good job

  15. Fay

    May 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    She actually does my hair… She’s amaze balls! Her protein treatment is really really good.. Y’all should try her out!

  16. Tunde

    May 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Impressive! El Mai, keep up the good work.

  17. mercy

    May 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    very good please can anyone tell me where i can get NANU ANTIDANRUFF SHAMPOO and i need the conditioner the product is very cool and okay

  18. jaydee

    June 11, 2013 at 6:32 am

    very talented stylist, you need to come back to canada, my hair misses you.

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