HOW TO STYLE YOURSELF RETRO w/ hair weft extensions

Posted on 23 February 2014

Thanks to the likes of Dita Von Teese, Lana Del Rey and popular films such as ‘The Great Gatsby’, it is no surprise that some people are fascinated with the retro look.

In this tutorial, ‘How to style yourself retro’, even if you don’t want to go full on retro; read on to discover how you can inject a little and a lot of retro style in your life.


The definition of being retro is to try and replicate a certain style of fashion from the 20’s to the 60s. There are many iconic hair styles, but because the vintage wave is the most popular way to achieve that much sought after retro look, we have decided to show you how to style it.

Step 1: Sort your hair into sections

Step 2: Curl a centimetre wide section of hair and immediately pin it to your head and repeat this process until all your hair is curled and pinned. (see image below)

Step 3: Leave the pins in for 15 minutes to let them cool and set

Step 4: Take the pins out and starting at the bottom, use the paddle brush to smooth out the curls

Step 5: Section your hair carefully and add in Hair Weft Extensions for extra volume and to ensure a long staying wave.

Step 6: Find your parting, smooth out any fly-aways with the hair clay/wax and then use the back combing brush to add extra volume to the roots

Step 7: Use the curling irons again if any touch ups are needed, spray with a fine mist hairspray that can be brushed out and admire your final look in the mirror!


Choosing your retro outfit

If you are finding it hard to find a retro look that flatters, have no fear as you can take style savviness from the iconic stars that we know best.

Audrey Hepburn’s figure was athletic, so if you share this body shape and want an effortlessly elegant style, then follow her lead by wearing simple, fitted items teamed with impeccable grooming.

For the more curvaceous figure, the iconic and beautiful stars Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren are definitely ones to follow. If you like their style, wear a figure hugging, body con dress like THIS, and add on a soft sweater and peep-toe shoes to your wardrobe.

If you have a triangle figure, which means you are top heavy, then it is important to attract more attention to your lower half with a skater skirt and keep fussy tops to a minimum.


Retro Make-up

The Face of the 20s

  • Shadow on the eye-lid crease
  • High & thin eyebrows
  • Flawless skin
  • Deep coloured lips and cheeks

The Face of the 30’s

  • Sweeping eye shadows
  • Pink & coral pallets
  • Deep lip colours
  • Shimmers
  • Mascara only on the top lashes

The Face of the 40’s

  • Thin eyebrows brushed over with matte shadow clearly defining an arch
  • Bright fuchsia or deep red and coral lips
  • Eye shadow only applied to the sockets

The Face of the 50’s

  • Only use pastel colours
  • Pink, purple and orange lip colours
  • Extend the natural border of your lips

The Face of the 60’s

  • Dramatic, doll like eyes
  • Thick false eyelashes
  • Pale, matte lip colours

There are many exciting ways to rock the retro style, so don’t hesitate and pick up those curlers, scour the local vintage stores and start practicing the perfect cat-eye now!



This article is by Caroline Mclean with love from Ikrush Fashion 









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