13 Essential Items You Need for Vintage Hairstyling

Vintage hairstyles are classy, timeless yet extremely appropriate for the modern days.

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If you want to adorn your hairs with some retro hairdos and don’t know what tools and accessories to keep handy for perfectly styled tresses with a vintage vibe, then we are here for your aid.

In this article, we have listed and discussed everything you must have near you to deck up your manes with beautiful classic hairdos effortlessly.

So without further ado, let’s start.

1. Smoothing Brush

A great base is an extremely important step for an excellent hairstyle, and what’s better than to start your vintage styling session by smoothing out your unruly manes to form an incredible base?

To start off your hairstyling session effectively, you can use this Magic Reinforced Boar Bristle Soft Wave Brush #7719 smoothing comb and brush your way out for polished tresses.

Magic Reinforced Boar Bristle Soft Wave Brush

2. Rat Tail Styling Comb

For any type of hair styling, be it vintage or modern style, sectioning off your tresses perfectly is really necessary; a rat tail comb, like the Scalpmaster Nano Rat Tail Comb, with its thin and sleek handle, makes in extremely effortless to section your manes neatly into parts necessary for your style.

Aside from hair parting, a rat tail comb is also needed to successfully and flawlessly tease and backcomb your hairs for a voluminous, puffy outlook.

Scalpmaster Nano Rat Tail Comb

3.Round Brush

If you want outward flowing hairs like the 1960s, then the best way to achieve them is by using a good quality round brush like this Care me Blow Dry Round Hair Brush with Natural Boar Bristles; with this brush wrap up the ends of your tresses in the direction you want them to flow and blow dry them for a vintage yet sexy hair look.

care me blow dry round boar bristles hair brush

4. Hair Mousses

Plenty of vintage hair styles require a good foundation to build up and that’s what an incredible hair mousse is going to provide you with; many hair stylists recommend to apply mousse prior to the styling session because this product not only smoothens the tresses but at the same time also helps to add texture and volume in your manes for a flawless outlook.

Apply a handful of mousse like this Moroccan oil Volumizing Mousse to wet manes (or towel dried hair) to give your tresses a great starting base for the styling.

Moroccan oil Volumizing Mousse

5. Hair Pomade

Hair pomade is a really useful product when it comes to creating sleek, shiny vintage updos and other hairstyles; this thick, gel-like waxy substance not only makes your hair styling easy but at the same time also helps to add moisturization in your tresses. Hair pomades also provide light to strong hold and help to secure your outlook.

You can use a hair pomade, like this amika Heist 3-in-1 Molding Blend, on your tresses for a very flexible yet super effective hair styling experience.

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6. Setting Lotion

As most of the vintage hairstyles require you to prepare your tresses with a good “setting” product, we always recommend our readers to use a good quality setting lotion to their manes just right before the styling procedure.

A setting lotion, like this LOTTABODY Setting Lotion Professional Concentrated Formula, not only offers long-lasting hold and keeps your hairstyle in place for a long period of time but at the same time also ensures that your manes don’t suffer from any heat burns and damage if you apply heat for the styling purpose.

Lottabody Setting Lotion Professional Concentrated Formula

7. Bobby Pins

There is absolutely no hairdo that doesn’t require a bobby pin here or there and when you want to create some vintage updos or low buns then there is nothing better than to use a set of bobby pins in your tresses to not only have a flawlessly done hairdo but also to secure it properly for a very strong hold.

Another advantage of keeping bobby pins handy is that you can also use them for vintage pin curls instead of pin curls clips.

Hair experts swear by this Conair Bobby Pins in Tub and therefore, we also recommend our readers to them for flawless, long-lasting hairdos.

Conair Bobby Pins in Tub

8. Sectioning Clips

After you section off your tresses into several parts with a rat tail comb, you need something to keep them apart for the ease of your hair adorning process and for keeping your hair sections apart as well as secure.

We suggest you opt for sectioning clips (our favorite is the Onedor 12 Pcs Transparent Professional Hair Stylist Hair Clips) so that you can continue with your hair styling process smoothly and effectively.

Onedor 12 Pcs Transparent Professional Hair Stylist Hair Clips

9. Pin Curl Clips

The secret of achieving those perfect vintage pin curls is a set or pin curl clips; these tiny, little metal clips, aside from assisting you to achieve incredible retro curls, can also be used to securely hold foam rollers overnight for perfectly styled tresses in the morning.

You can try these Soft ‘N Style Boxed Pin Curl Clips on your manes as they create effortless curls and at the same time also don’t crease or crimp your luscious hair.

Soft 'N Style Boxed Pin Curl Clips

10. Foam Rollers

Want to adorn your tresses with a vintage style Marilyn Monroe curls or thinking to try some rag curls or curly romantic waves? Either way, a set of (or two depending on your hair length and volume) foam rollers would help you to achieve any type of vintage curly hairdos effectively and also affordably.

An excellent set of foam rollers like this Conair Soft, Bouncy Curls Foam Rollers, would safely create different types of retro curls and waves in your precious tresses without having them to expose to any heat and damages.

Conair Soft, Bouncy Curls Foam Rollers

Among many advantages, there is also one disadvantage of foam rollers and that is, you will need at least 8-10 hours to create curls in your manes with them. so prior to the styling session, you must keep in mind about the timing.

11. Hot Rollers

On the other hand, if you want to create super quick yet amazing retro curls and waves in your tresses, then there is nothing better than a set of hot rollers.

These rollers use heat energy to style your manes from the inside so that you can enjoy the most perfect vintage curly hairdo in a matter of just a few minutes.

We would suggest you buy the Caruso Professional Molecular 30-Piece Multiple Size Steam Hair Setter as it comes with different sized rollers for versatile curls and waves.

Caruso Professional Molecular Steam Hair Setter

12. Hair Bun Rat

If you are a fan of the 40s and 50s, you are definitely familiar with the perfectly rolled trademark bangs; women from that era used mesh rolls to achieve this rockabilly hairstyle but today, in modern times, you can use a hair bun rat (we recommend Hair Art Hair Bun Rat) to roll up your bangs and enjoy a vintage look easily and intelligently.

Hair Art Hair Bun Rat

13. Hair Spray

After all those hard work and hours you spend to adorn your tresses with vintage hairdos, it really important that you set your style with an excellent hair setting spray so that your do holds up the shape and remains in your hairs for a long time period.

We would recommend you to use the L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray on your manes because it’s extremely lightweight and doesn’t limp your hairs down.

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  1. Hi there,

    I see that you mentioned both hot rollers and foam rollers in this article. I would like to know which ones are the best.

    Looking forward to your answer because I will buy a roller set depending on your reply.

    Thank you.

    1. Dear Martha,

      Thank you for reading our article and asking for our suggestion. We very much appreciate our readers’ trust in us.

      Both the hot rollers and foam rollers are good. They can style your tresses flawlessly. But which one you should select solely depends on your styling needs. If you want instant results, hot rollers are your allay. On the other hand, if you have an abundance of time, adopt foam rollers to eliminate heat application.

      Hope we could help you.

      1. Hi, I brought both types of rollers. I would use them for a couple of weeks and let you know they work.

  2. Dear,

    Being a newbie hairstylist, I always read your reviews because they are amazing. Your writings reflect that you have spent a lot of time and researched seriously before penning down your words.

    Your well-thought off articles not only helped me to buy some excellent hair accessories (pins, combs, clips) for my salon but at the same time also gave me an idea about where to look for them.

    Your writings are a life-savior for newbies like me.

    Keep up the good work.

    May God bless your ability to write!

    1. Hello BarbaraBarbar.

      We are overwhelmed by your kind, sweet words. Our readers’ satisfaction is what we seek for and such sweet words inspire us to write even better.

      Please stay with us for more blogs in the future.

  3. Do you have any hairstylists in your group of writers? How could you list every little thing with such clarity? Amazing, just amazing!

    I have a question. Why did you suggest so many types of hairbrushes and combs for vintage styling? is there any specific purpose? Curious mind wants to know.

    1. Dear Rose,

      Thank you for your sweet compliments. We are ecstatic.

      If you go through the article, you would notice that each of these brushes and combs have different purposes. And because of the different purposes they serve, you would need a variety of combs and brushes to style your tresses perfectly.

      We hope we could answer your question.

  4. Nice post with lots of information and great product suggestion.

    Your reads would like to read more of such detailed, informative yet interesting writings.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. Dear Lisa,

      Thank you very much for the encouraging words. We appreciate our readers’ feedback
      Please do stay with us.

  5. I have always been a fan of vintage hairstyles. They give me a very retro yet modern vibe at the same time. The list you have provided helped me a lot. I think I will also help several others like me.

    Thank you guys for putting up the effort!

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