How to Craft a Hairstyle Straight From the Silver Screen

Best movie hairstyles to try
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Movies make a huge impact on the way a culture looks at beauty. It’s common for certain hairstyles, hair colors, and haircuts to become popular after a movie bombshell makes a splash with that style. Some of those styles persist for years and even decades. These six styles are often recognizable even to people who haven’t seen the movie they’re from, and you can spice them up a little to make them wearable in your day-to-day life.

Ancient Inspiration – Cleopatra (Cleopatra)

Most of the attention centered around Cleopatra goes toward Elizabeth Taylor’s makeup and costumes. Considering the movie gave her an incredible 65 costume changes with its record costume budget, this attention is definitely well-deserved. However, her hairstyles deserve a chance in the spotlight as well. A great way to bring her iconic Isis-inspired styles into the 21st century is to add a little glam to your style. Add a couple of beads into a braid or find the perfect gold barrette for your next night out.

Twisted Updo – Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s defined Audrey Hepburn’s career in many ways, and her style is just one facet of that definition. Along with her incredible costume choices, like the chunky necklace and velvet gloves, her hairstyle truly cements the look as one of the best in cinema. If you want to bring it into your own style, consider recreating her twisted updo. You can remove the tiara-like clip for a more understated look or add your own for some truly elegant flair.

Girlish Pigtails – Dorothy Gale (The Wizard of Oz)

The Wizard of Oz has left its artistic thumbprint on many movies of today, and for good reason. Its style has a lot to do with the way movies are made even now. Though movie magic meant that Judy Garland’s pigtails changed length from scene to scene, they’re so cute that nobody really paid it any mind. If you’re looking for a similar style, twist your hair back and into two braids, one on each side of your head. Tie the braids off with 3-5 inches of hair left, then use a curling iron to create a single defined curl on each side.

Sharp Chic Bob – Amélie Poulain (Amélie)

When you think of a chic Parisian girl, you probably think of a black bob with baby bangs, and that has a lot to do with Amélie. Audrey Tautou offered a curious and whimsical look at a character that made an impression on all audiences, not just French ones, and it shaped the way Americans saw French romantic stories. It’s not necessarily a difficult style to pull off, but you can tone it down and make it less immediately recognizable if you make it a little longer. Go for a chin-length bob with baby bangs for a more wearable style that still makes a statement.

Big and Bold – Foxxy Cleopatra (Goldmember)

Foxxy Cleopatra’s character parodies blaxploitation characters popular in the 1970s, and Beyoncé Knowles pulls it off with style. Her huge head of hair makes her an unforgettable sight all throughout the movie; in the right light, the warm brown tones look genuinely gilded. When Beyoncé was promoting the movie, she wore a gorgeous style that works perfectly as a toned-down version of this look, with super-curly locks that maintain a lot of volume.

Tousled Curls – Vivian Ward (Pretty Woman)

Simple movie-inspired hair styles
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Pretty Woman started as a fairly dark drama about the dangers of the big city, but a heavy-handed rewrite turned it into a movie that essentially rekindled the public’s love of the romantic comedy. Julia Roberts’s messy pouf of curls is still an iconic look even thirty years later. Though it’s a little dated to try with no changes at all, you can get the same look by using a fairly small curling iron to curl all your hair loosely, then brushing through it with your fingers to make it look a little messier.


Some of these iconic hair looks work perfectly for a Halloween costume, and others work well for day-to-day wear reminiscent of your favorite movie styles. However, one thing’s for sure: they’re all styles that have made a serious impact on the public consciousness. Whether you need to dye your hair to achieve the perfect muted Pretty Woman color or you want the sharpest Amelie-style bob out there, you can visit an Ogle School salon near you for the professional salon treatment.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.