Vintage TV programs are fun to watch … but they can also serve a useful purpose as a source of beauty inspiration! The next time you’re watching old late-night sitcoms, check out these lovely leading ladies and their rocking classic/retro hairstyles. Could one of them work for you? If you’re tempted to try a retro look, here are our tips to adapt their vibes.
Morticia Addams (The Addams Family)
Morticia is known for her iconic center part, as well as loose and shiny jet-black waves that fall long and lush past her shoulders. This is a great look for brunettes with healthy, straight and shiny hair. (If your hair is curly, you can also straighten it before finessing the style.)
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In order to get the look, use a curling iron to curl sections of your hair up towards the root. When all your hair is curled, gently brush it out. Finish with shine serum and hairspray. And don’t forget: Part it down the middle!
Lucy Ricardo (I Love Lucy)
Lucy has defined the term “redhead” for decades. Her signature flaming locks are worn up in a curly pompadour that expresses the flavor of the ‘50s. You don’t have to be a natural redhead to assimilate some of Lucy’s sass: The actress actually dyed her hair its arresting, trademark shade.
If you want to look like Lucy, part the front third section of your hair from the back. Pull the back into a ponytail. Divide the front section into three sections. Curl each section around two or three fingers, and pin to your head in a pompadour. Curl the ponytail with a curling iron and twist into a bun.
Punky Brewster (Punky Brewster)
Feeling spunky? Punky Brewster may not immediately jump to mind as a beauty icon, but her pigtails, bangs and sleek, short cut actually work on all ages, offering up a cute and youthful vibe for those able (and willing!) to carry it.
Want to try the playful look? Straighten your hair and apply shine serum. Part your hair in the middle and let your bangs and side wisps fall loose. Pull your hair into two pigtails using bright-colored bands — preferably with plastic suns on them.
Ann Marie (That Girl)
Ann Marie’s bouffant flip with straight bangs epitomized the late ‘60s mod girl. Pairing this hairstyle with mod, Mad Men-inspired outfits will instantly up your hip factor.
Ready to give it a try? Blow dry your hair, adding heat-protecting serum. Comb your bangs out of the way to the front. Divide the back of your hair into three sections. With a straightener or flat iron, flip each section of hair outwards to create an even-flipped fringe around your head. To create the bouffant, pin the top layer of each section to your scalp. With a comb, tease the under layers at the top of your head to create a fluffy layer all around your scalp. Spray with hairspray. Return to the top layers of each segment and smooth over the puffed layer for a sleek overall appearance.
Jeannie (I Dream of Jeannie)
This most famous genie of all entranced and enchanted generations of audiences with her high ponytail and braid wrapped around the base. This look is always perfect for a Halloween getup, but it can work for a special night out as well.
If you’re ready to let your inner Jeannie out of the bottle, condition your hair with anti-frizz serum, then comb it into two sections, a larger top and smaller bottom/back section. Pull the top section into a very high, smooth ponytail and fasten it with a hair tie. Braid the lower section in a braid that is perpendicular to the pony, then wrap it smoothly around the base of the pony and fasten with a bobby pin.
Chrissy Snow (Three’s Company)
The swinging ‘70s are back in style, and Chrissy’s blunt bangs and partial side ponytail are right on point with the decade’s inspired fashions making waves on the runways and stores. This easy, casual style is surprisingly versatile and can take you from day to night.
In order to channel Chrissy, blow-dry your hair and smooth it with anti-frizz serum. Part in the center and pull your bangs forward so almost no part is visible. Pull two small sections of hair (off center to the left side) and tie one into a ponytail. Wrap the other section around the base of the ponytail to hide the tie, and pin it down.
Jill Munroe (Charlie’s Angels)
Jill’s ‘70s style — a.k.a. the “Farrah,” named for the actress who portrayed her — rocked the nation as one of the most recognizable landmark hairdos in history. Her layered blonde hair with an outward curl is still fresh today and inspires women to visit blowout bars in droves!
How to catch the wave: Part damp hair into sections on either side of each ear. Wrap each piece around a hot curling iron vertically so the hair will curl away from your face. Continue with all sections, then blow-dry upside down for maximum volume. Spray with hairspray.