I often style brides who have been inspired to have a vintage wedding hairstyle by a movie, theme or even a venue. Most vintage hairstyles are timeless and will therefore remain a favourite with brides.

It might be a 1920’s to 1930’s Marcel Wave inspired by Hollywood starlets such as Bette Davis, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. A 1940’s to 1950’s pin curl created on glam ladies such as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. Perhaps 1960’s big hair worn so well by the sexy James Bond girl, Bridget Bardot. Or the 1970’s ‘feathered’ look worn beautifully by Farrah Fawcett.

My favourite vintage hairstyle is the Veronica Lake ‘peek-a-boo’. She was well known for her long blonde tresses, which she wore with a wave covering half of her face.

Veronica Lake with Peek-a-Boo Hairstyle

I’d like to share a simple step-by-step guide on how to achieve a Veronica Lake ‘peek-a-boo’ hairstyle, but with a modern feel.

You Will Need…

  • Hair Dryer
  • 1″ Diameter Curling Iron
  • Bobby Pins
  • Bristle Brush
  • Hairspray

How to…

  1. After shampooing, part the hair with a deep parting. This creates Veronica Lake’s over-one-eye curl.
  2. Start with a blow dry. This is to give more volume and a polished look.
  3. Using a 1-inch diameter curling iron, curl small sections of the hair getting as close to the roots as you can, wrapping the hair diagonally. Remove the tong, keeping the wound-up curl together and secure with bobby pins.
  4. Finish the whole head and leave your hair to cool. Now remove the bobby pins.
  5. Brush straight down the length of the hair using a bristle brush; this will loosen the curls.
  6. Spritz the hair brush with some hairspray and brush again until the hair falls into a beautiful wave.
  7. Spray with a fine mist of hairspray to hold in place.

Guest post by Severin Hubert of The Hepburn Collection

Image directed by René Clair Life time: .) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons