How to Do an Easy Bouffant Vintage Hair Style?


How Create An Easy Bouffant Vintage Hair Style

In order to master the iconic Bouffant Vintage Hair Style of the 60’s you will need to be able to tease your hair and to blow it out. If you already know how to do these two things then you are going to have an easy time mastering this look. In addition, feel free to add you own twist to the style to get a sophisticated modern look to an old vintage hair style. With some practice you will be able to create this hairstyle in a few minutes. Here are the basic steps:

Step 1 Easy Bouffant Vintage Hair Style

See the images below for the style you will be creating. Hair will have more volume on top. Remember it’s all about big hair. The more volume on top the better.

Step 2 Starting With Dry Hair Is Important To Get Bouffant Vintage Hair Style

Start with your hair about 80% to 90% dry and add a voluminous mousse. Distribute the mousse through your hair as evenly as possible using your fingers or a wide toothed comb.


Step 3 Vintage Blow-Out

The next step is the blow-out. Work in sections on top of your head. Start by blow drying your hair using medium to large round brushes. Make sure you wrap your hair completely around the round brush. You will need to set your hair while in the round brush. To do this just let your hair cool down before take the brush out or if you have a hair dryer with a cool shot of air you can set the molecules using cool air from your hair dryer. Having more than one medium to large round brush helps the styling go much faster. You can let one brush cool down in your hair while starting to work on the next section. Or you can use rollers – see next step.


Step 4 Rollers

As you carefully take out the round brush place your hair in large rollers. Pin the rollers in place and let your hair set.


Step 5 Backcomb To Get Bouffant Look

Take out the rollers and backcomb your hair using a good oval boar brush working in sections starting at the scalp and working toward the ends. This will create more volume at the scalp or crown of your head. Remember the more volume the better. If you have thin hair you can try using a styling power for extra hold and texture. To get even more volume you can try using a teasing brush instead of a boar brush.

How to Do an Easy Bouffant Vintage Hair Style
How to Do an Easy Bouffant Vintage Hair Style

Step 6 For Long Hair

If you have long hair the next step is to pull your hair back on each side using an oval boar brush. to hold your hair in place you can use bobby pins or clip in place. For any fly-a-ways use hairspray to hold loose hairs in place.


Step 7  Vintage Look

And lastly for that extra vintage look you can add bows or accessories to give your hair that final vintage look.


Easy Bouffant Vintage Hair Style Quick History

In Western Europe in the mid-to-late 18th century the Bouffant Vintage Hairstyle was mainstream. Due to Marie Antoinette had relatively thin hair it was thought the bouffant was created for her. She wanted the illusion she had a lot of hair, nice thick and full looking.

In the summer of 1956, LIFE noted the modern bouffant, considered to have been invented by British celebrity hairdresser Raymond Bessone, as it was a common sight in many popular fashion magazines. The style became really popular in the early 1960s when First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was photographed in a bouffant. It was then that her style was widely imitated.

According to Stacey, Hair Research Analyst, “By the mid-1960s, many well-dressed women and girls were wearing some sort of bouffant hairdo. It remained the trendy trend in one variation or another until supplanted by the end of the decade streamlined bob cut and the early 1970s looser shag or feathered styles.

It was popular with many middle-aged women who dressed conservatively clung to the fashion a little longer. The younger generation, teenagers, liked imitating the presence of famous folk-rock singers like Joan Baez, Mary Travers, and Cher, started to abandon bouffants for short, straight “ironed hair” as early as 1965.


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