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The Return of Retro Haircuts

Do you still remember wearing those pump shoes or probably donning that evening gown with pretty ruffles on it? There are quite a few ‘retro’ things that have changed over the years. But, as Monika Doshi explains, there are some things that still haven’t gone out of style, like hairstyles for example…

From structured, sky-high beehives to finger waves and faux bobs, there are many retro hairstyles that are just as on-trend today as they were back in the day. The retro, hippie, classy, preppy and boho chic inspired eras all come with their individual hairstyles to match. And seeing them on celebrities and trendsetters nowadays only proves that these styles can still be worn with utmost elegance and poise.

Here’s a roundup of some our favourite looks from eras gone by…

The Gibson Tuck
Trust the elegant Amy Adams to make the Gibson roll work like magic. She wears it with a blue gown on the red carpet, with minimal makeup and drop earrings. Such perfection, isn’t she?

Amy Adams
Finger Waves
If you’ve always dreamt of making finger waves work for you, take cues from Pirates of the Caribbean actress Keira Knightley, who wears them with a side chignon. Just make sure you keep it slightly messy to add a little drama to the look—one can use a texturising spray for it.

Keira Knightley
The Bouffant
Popular in the ’60s, the bouffant is still donned by many actresses today. From Brigitte Bardot to Anne Hathaway, the bouffant is a go-to red-carpet hairstyle for a reason. Combining a bumped-up, backcombed crown with flowing lengths, this look is stunning on women of all ages!

Brigitte Bardot
Retro Curls
Have medium to short hair? Take a cue from Kangana Ranaut on how to pull off retro curls. Just add a shine spray to your hair and you’re good to go.

Kangana Ranaut
The Classic Beehive
Aptly named, the beehive is easily recognisable thanks to its conical shape and resemblance to beehives. Not to mention, this look is also one of the most iconic ’60s hairstyles, in large part due to Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. All you need is a texturising spray or a dry shampoo to soak up any excess oil that maybe weighing down your locks.

Audrey Hepburn
Faux Bobs
If you have long tresses but want to experiment with short hair, take inspiration from Lily Collins. The actress/model looked adorable in a faux bob with deep dark lips at a red carpet event not too long ago.

Lilly Collins
The Pixie
Considered to be extremely daring once upon a time, the pixie cut has now become synonymous with refined chicness! With stars like Katy Perry and Cara Delevingne rocking the cropped ‘do, it tops the style charts year after year.

Cara Delevingne
Pompadour Fade
Similar to a pixie with shaved sides, the pompadour fade is the most popular retro cut among men. Originally sported by women, the hairdo became famous when Elvis, the king of rock’n’roll, quite literally rocked it in the ’50s. David Beckham is one of the most popular celebrities to turn the pompadour fade into a serious hair goal for men today. Justin Timberlake and Zac Efron have also recently rocked their own versions of it.

Justin Timberlake
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