Revolutionary Hairstyles: Modern Takes on Classic Looks

September 18, 2023

In the ever-evolving world of hairstyling, one thing remains constant: the enduring appeal of classic looks. Retro hairstyles have captured hearts for generations and they won’t be going away anytime soon! It’s important to keep up with styling trends but, just like haircuts, learning how to create the classic styles perfectly will help you hone your skills and learn how to personalize these looks. Read on for our pro tips that will help you build your confidence and knowledge of classic looks so you can take your creativity to a whole new level!



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Una publicación compartida por Manow Sornsin (@manowsornsin)

The Allure of Classic Looks: Timeless Beauty Reinvented

Classic hairstyles have a special place in the hairdressing world. From Hollywood waves to 1960s chignons, these statement styles reflect an era’s identity and bring elegance and bold styles that are still very recognizable today. Their appeal comes not just from the looks themselves but also from the stories and feelings they carry. In fashion’s fast world, classic looks and styles get reinvented but these looks will always find a new audience who will embrace their timeless charm. The modern versions tend to mix nostalgia with today’s tastes. Whether a modern twist on victory rolls or a sleek bun, clients will love that you can blend innovation with these much loved classic looks! Reinventing classic styles is about adaptability. The looks need to fit each client’s personal style, hair type, and face shape. If you are wondering how to reinvent the classics, think out of the box by creating a classic bun and then mixing in braids or accessories to add uniqueness. Alternatively, you can revive finger waves with colors to add a contemporary touch. 


Key Elements of Classic Hairstyles: Aesthetic and Structure

Classic looks and hairstyles often feature clean lines and graceful curves that add to their elegance. Whether it’s the smooth arc of a victory roll or the gentle flow of vintage waves, each line is purposefully sculpted to create a visual masterpiece. The precision of these lines not only adds to the aesthetic appeal but also showcases the hairstylist’s skill. This structured approach forms the backbone of classic hairstyles. Every pin, twist, and curl is strategically placed to achieve a balanced and polished result. It ensures not only the longevity of the style but is also a sign of the attention to detail that conveys that the style was created in a salon. Despite their adherence to structure, classic hairstyles can be incredibly versatile and, with a few tweaks, can be adapted to suit various hair types, lengths, and textures. 

Reimagining Classics: Contemporary Twists and Adaptations

Classic looks and styles maintain their appeal, but hairstyling will always evolve! Modern stylists are crafting fresh takes on traditional looks, blending elements of the classics to form modern twists. These versions are tailored to individual tastes, resulting in bespoke styles that radiate personality. Picture a chic bun, reimagined with an asymmetrical twist, or a vintage victory roll infused with subtle texture. These adaptations inject new life into timeless classics, seamlessly marrying tradition with contemporary trends.

The journey through hairstyling history is fascinating. In the 1920s, a revolutionary shift saw short hair rise in popularity, giving birth to the iconic flapper bob. Hollywood’s influence came to the forefront in the 1930s, bringing with it the elegance of pin curls and finger waves, which subtly enhanced the classic bob. As the 1940s unfolded against the backdrop of World War II, vintage hairstyles transformed, marrying practicality with allure. Icons like Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake led the way, making pin-up victory rolls and adorned scarves the most coveted styles of the era.


The 1950s embraced an era of sexy sophistication, with the rise of rockabilly culture. This brought forth the signature classic looks of pompadours and rolled bangs, styles that continue to grace stars like Dita Von Teese today. As the 1960s dawned, hairstyles reached new heights with the introduction of beehives and the daring pixie cut, which created a playful and bold impact. 

Then came the 1970s, an era that embraced natural beauty, shifting the focus from intricate styling to statement accessories and effortlessly lived-in appearances.


Through the decades, classic styles have witnessed transformations that bridge the gap between tradition and modernity, allowing these timeless looks to remain relevant today.


Styling Tips and Techniques: Secrets of a Flawless Classic Look

You have the vision and the classic styling knowledge so now it’s time to make the style a reality. Whatever modern or  classic look you choose, these basic steps will help ensure a perfect base.

  • Priming the Canvas: Begin by ensuring your client’s hair is clean and well-prepped. Opt for a suitable lightweight shampoo such as the RE/START™ Balance Purifying Micellar Shampoo and care and styling products that align with your clients hair type. This will provide a smooth foundation for styling, which is paramount when it comes to classic looks. If you are going to opt for hot tools then always layer on a lightweight heat protectant such as Eksperience™ Blow Dry Control Cream before applying any hot tools to protect the hair from any potential damage.
  • Sectioning Strategies: The key to precision lies in strategic sectioning, divide the hair into manageable, clean sections. This not only facilitates styling but also guarantees uniformity in the final look.
  • Volume Elevation: For classic updos that demand volume, master the art of teasing. Delicately backcomb the hair’s roots to impart lift and fullness. Opt for slow and controlled strokes and employ a soft-bristle brush or gently use a pintail comb then smooth out the upper layer.
  • Meticulous Pin Placement: Whether crafting an elegant bun or a vintage-inspired roll, the positioning of pins is key. Anchor the hairstyle using bobby pins, hairpins, or U-pins. For added security, employ a crisscross pattern when securing and opt for a similar color to your clients hair to help the pins blend in.
  • Crafting Impeccable Waves and Curls: Achieving the perfect wave or curl is essential. Choose a curling iron or wand with a barrel size that’s in sync with the desired curl pattern. Alternate curl directions for a natural outcome. Post-curling, allow the hair to cool before gently running your fingers or a wide-tooth comb through the curls, transforming them into soft waves.
  • Flyaway Perfection: Attain a polished finish by taming flyaways. A minimal amount of product applied before styling such as  Style Masters™ Double or Nothing Endless Control™. Alternatively, you can use a hairspray or hair serum to effectively tame those unruly strands and ensure a flawless surface.
  • Harmonizing Accessories: Accessories play a pivotal role in accentuating classic hairstyles. Choose decorative pins, combs, headbands, and hair clips to complement the desired look.
  • Securing the Essence: Seal the deal with a spritz of Style Masters™ Must-Haves Photo Finisher™ to add extra hold, help block humidity, and enhance the glossy effect for up to 24 hours. Maintaining a distance of about 12 inches while misting the hair uniformly will help to avoid any sticky sections and will ensure your client’s style stays in place throughout the day (or night).
  • Embrace the Learning Curve: The initial attempt might not be perfect, and that’s ok. Practice makes perfect so dedicate time to refining these techniques on various occasions by attending courses or working on models or block heads to help build your confidence and skill set.
  • Personalized Artistry: Infuse a personalized touch into classic looks. Tailor the curl intensity, updo height, or accessory placement to accentuate and flatter your client’s individual features and preferences. Always have a consultation and look through inspiration pictures and reels to ensure that you and your client are on the same page.

Classic Look Inspiration: Iconic Celebrities and Influences

Celebrities and influential individuals have left an enduring mark on beauty history through their classic hairstyles. These classic looks not only set trends but also became synonymous with their identities. From Audrey Hepburn’s elegant updo in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Marilyn Monroe’s iconic blonde curls, these hairstyles have stood the test of time. Audrey Hepburn, renowned for her timeless grace, popularized the chic updo with her super glossy cool brown color adorned with statement hair accessories. This iconic style continues to inspire brides, grace red carpet events, and exude sophisticated charm. Marilyn Monroe, the embodiment of sensuality, proudly showcased her platinum blonde color and curls with irresistible allure. Her playful yet glamorous hairstyle remains a symbol of femininity and empowerment, encouraging women to embrace their beauty. Grace Kelly’s immaculate and refined hairstyles exuded regal poise. Her impeccably styled chignon and softly swept waves epitomize polished and sophisticated elegance befitting royalty. These legendary figures demonstrate how classic hairstyles can show personality, enhance a brand, or symbolize an era. Modern adaptations pay homage to these classic looks, affirming that the classic hairstyles are here to stay!


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