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How to Choose the Right Vintage Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

                     Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques by Lauren Rennells

                     Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques by Lauren Rennells

When I do a client consult, I'll either ask for photos if we're doing a consultation over the phone, or we'll meet at the studio.  One of the things I look at is your face shape to determine what vintage style will look best on you.

Many vintage styles involve pulling the hair back off the face.  So, what styles typically work with your face shape?

Oval shaped faces have the luxury of wearing almost any hair style.

Victory Rolls work on every face shape.  The trick is making them more narrow or wide, and placement on the head that determines how you'll wear them.   For example, on a long face shape, the victory rolls will need to be wider and placed at the widest points of the face to create the illusion of a broader face.  The opposite is true for gals with a broad, or square-shaped face.  The same concept applies to the Pompadour and Rosie-the-riveter look with a bandana. These styles also complement every face shape.

Another popular classic is the Veronica Lake style.  Gorgeous glossy waves complement every face type, but this look is best achieved with a "wet set".  A wet set means the hair is curled/set with wet hair, using bobbi pins or foam rollers.  This creates a long-lasting curl.

The Blonde Bombshell, aka Marilyn Monroe, style complements all face shapes, and works best on shorter hair.  A wet set also works best, but a curling iron can be used.   The key to making curls last with modern tools is to clip them up immediately after curling so they cool in a coiled shape.

For heart shaped faces, Try styles that hit either right below your chin, or gracing your collarbones. Let curls hit the sides of your foreheads for the appearance of a oval shape face.  Diamonds need to leave some fullness at the neck and either side of the forehead. 

The image below from Ern and Bud Westmore show the ideal silhouette and hat style to complement your face shape.  Feel free to save the image for easy reference.