From The Great Gatsby to Mad Men: 25 DIY Vintage Hairstyles

Retro styles are as popular as ever with new influences from the 20s and 30s thanks to the new The Great Gatsby movie, and hit shows Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey. Of course, pin-up girl styles from the 40s and 50s are still in high demand, as are the amazing 60s styles seen on Mad Men. One thing I hear a lot as a hairstylist is that my clients would love to know how to create vintage looks at home. So, I found 25 lovely vintage hairstyles complete with how-tos to try at home.

  • From The Great Gatsby to Mad Men: 25 DIY Vintage Hairstyles 1 of 26
  • Simple Vintage Waves 2 of 26

    I love a classic Veronica Lake-esque wave. Really, who doesn't?

    Get the DIY at The Beauty Department.

  • Petite Victory Rolls 3 of 26

    This more subtle twist on classic victory rolls is super adorable and pretty easy to create.

    Get the how-to on The Freckled Fox.

  • Downton Abbey-Inspired Updo 4 of 26

    Downton Abbey is one of my favorite shows! This low rolled look is easier to achieve than you think.

    Find out how to style this look at Ladies Home Journal.


  • 20s Inspired Finger Waves 5 of 26

    Finger waves are tough to master but the are stunning. I like that with this tutorial you only wave the front, saving you time and frustration.

    Learn more at Two Happy Hearts.

  • 60s Beehive With Low Ponytail 6 of 26

    Adding a little height is a great way to add a little bit of retro sass to a basic ponytail.

    Watch the how-to video at Bobby Glam.

  • Victory Rolls 7 of 26

    Victory rolls are classic and pretty. I love this example of how they look with bangs.

    The lovely tutorial is on A Beautiful Mess.

  • Betty Draper Up-Do 8 of 26

    I pretty much watch Mad Men for the hair. It's always impeccable.

    Learn how to recreate this fantastic "Betty" look on The Glamorous Housewife.


  • Dorothea Dust Bowl Bun 9 of 26

    This simple, beautiful style was inspired by the photographs of Dorothea Lange, who captured iconic images of the Dust Bowl era.

    Learn how to create it at How To Hair.


  • Downton Abbey Hair Tutorial (Lady Sybil) 10 of 26

    This updo is inspired by Downton Abbey's rebellious Lady Sybil.

    Learn how to create this  'do at Lost In a Spotless Mind.


  • Hollywood Glam 11 of 26

    This retro curl set will transform anyone with medium to long hair into a vintage diva.

    Get the tutorial on Parlor.

  • Hair Wrap 12 of 26

    Adding a pretty scarf is a great way to make your style look more old-school.

    Learn how to tie one of these nifty head wraps at Cara Loren.

  • Mad Men Hair At Home 13 of 26

    I love Joan. I love Christina Hendricks. I love red hair. I love this updo.

    Feel the love with this Mad Men-inspired updo on Lucky Magazine.

  • Beehive Hairstyle 14 of 26

    Learn how to recreate this amazing baby beehive from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 show in Paris. [Photo by Felix Wong]

    Find the how-to video on Flare.

  • All That Jazz 15 of 26

    This Great Gatsby-inspired updo is spectacular and the tutorial is well-executed.

    Check it out on Fashezine.

  • Throwback to the 30s 16 of 26

    This half-up, half-down vintage look is just adorable.

    Recreate it with a little guidance from Twist Me Pretty.

  • Pin Curls 17 of 26

    I've always used pin curls to set hair. It never dawned on me to just leave them in for a really pretty, unique throwback style.

    The tutorial is on A Beautiful Mess.

  • Prohibition Pretty 18 of 26

    This gorgeous retro style was inspired by Boardwalk Empire.

    Get the description of how this look was created on XO Jane.

  • 1950’s Inspired Ponytail 19 of 26

    Ponytail lovers rejoice! Here is a very glamorous, retro pony that can take you from day to night.

    The step-by-step is on The Beauty Department.

  • 1940s Hair Tutorial 20 of 26

    These twists are nice and tight to the scalp, as they I've learned that proper victory rolls should be.

    The step-by-step can be found on The Glitter Guide.

  • A Fine Frenchie 21 of 26

    It doesn't get more classic than an elegant french twist.

    Master this updo with The Beauty Department.

  • Faux Bob 22 of 26

    A faux bob is a great way to change your look just for a day. This one was inspired by The Great Gatsby.

    Find out how to go from long to short in a flash at Bella Sugar.


  • The Classic Bombshell 23 of 26

    The deep side part and the soft waves give this style a decidedly vintage vibe.

    Learn how to do it at The Freckled Fox.


  • Vintage Hair 24 of 26

    Traditional finger waves are tough but with practice and a lot of setting lotion, anyone can create them.

    Get started on LiveJournal. 

  • New Item 29 25 of 26

    Lady Mary from Downton Abbey is the inspiration for this look.

    Learn more at Refinery 29.

  • The Sideways French Twist 26 of 26

    This is a gorgeous spin on the french twist with a vintage vibe.

    The tutorial is on The Small Things.

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