Rockabilly hair may have started out as a US trend in the distant 1950’s but it has since become hugely popular all around the globe. As it is very specific and requires some additional preparation, it can seem quite challenging to achieve at home. This shouldn’t put you off, however – indeed, it will probably take a bit of research (and maybe one or two failed attempts), but the end result will definitely be worth it! Moreover, you don’t need to have your hair cut in any particular way – the rockabilly style looks great with any length. This article will give you some awesome suggestions for every hair type, so read on!
Solid, garish colors are essential for rockabilly hair. Traditionally, the most popular options were black, platinum blonde and various shades of red. Nowadays, different variations of pink, blue and purple are often used too. As for the accessories, there is a lot to choose from – big bows, artificial flowers, wide hairbands, as well as polka-dotted and stripped headscarves – they are all indispensable in creating truly authentic rockabilly hair.
One of the instantly recognizable features of the hairstyle is the short, roundish bangs known as “Bettie (Betty) Bangs.” Not to worry though – this look doesn’t necessarily require you to make drastic changes to your hair. There are some clever ways to create faux Bettie Bangs in just a few easy steps. Victory rolls and big lush retro waves, trade-mark of pin-up hairstyles, are also often applied to rockabilly hair.
Lots of celebrities have sported their own unique rockabilly hair variations. Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and, of course, the burlesque dancer Dita von Teese, are great examples of Rockabellas (female rockabillies) on top of their game. Scroll further to see some of their most memorable looks, plus a variety of images and ideas that will inspire you to create your own vintage hair look!
Here is an excellent step by step video that will help you create an authentic rockabilly hairstyle:
How do you get started? We have a quick and easy suggestion. First, prepare your hair by spraying it with light hold hairspray. Next, take the bangs section and curl the hair horizontally with a large barrel curling iron. Backcomb the underside, then roll the ends under to create a roll from your bangs. Brush the remaining hair until it’s smooth (you can also use straighteners) and tie in a high ponytail. Take the ponytail and wrap it around to create a bun. If your hair is not very thick you may want to use a hair donut. Secure the base of the bun with pins and once again spray with light hold hairspray. Add a colorful bandanna or some flower ornaments to complete the look.
Rockabilly hair looks amazing on all face shapes and is a great way to achieve a cute, whimsical and classically feminine look
Backcombing and fixing with lots of hairspray is an absolute must
We love the contrast between this rockabella’s black locks and her bright yellow bandanna
Big lashes and bright red lipstick perfectly compliment hairstyles inspired by the 50’s
Flower ornaments are always a popular choice…
…as are animal prints and make up in bold colors
Another eye catching flower tucked behind the ear
Stand out from the crowd with this 1950’s inspired makeup
Long hair looks great in 1950’s style too – just look at these lush curls
A more subtle and modern variation
Accessories, accessories and more accessories!
Ponytails combined with curled bangs are eye-catching and easy to make
Short curly hair with gorgeous retro waves
Enjoy a small selection of black and white images dating from, and inspired by, the 1940’s and 50’s
A contemporary reinterpretation of a timeless classic
Add a splash of pink for a playful and whimsical look
Brilliant combination of bandanna and lipstick in matching colors
Big red hair bow with white polka dots
Use a wide, bold polka-dotted head scarf for an instant vintage look!
Don’t be afraid to experiment – the more extravagant a rockabilly hairstyle is – the better!
Makeup is an essential part of the Rockabella look!
How about a glamorous updo?
Platinum blonde is one of the most favored Rockabilly colors…
…second only to red, which looks great in any shade and length!
Effortless retro look with a modern twist
There are so many cool and extravagant hair accessories to choose from! You could go for a goth-inspired look…
…or choose a more soft, romantic style:
Red lipstick adds a classy, stylish touch
Simple and easy to make hairstyle, with a hint of Rockabilly aesthetic
Two striking, avant-garde interpretations:
A stylish, aristocratic look
A splash of red will add a unique touch to your retro-inspired hairstyle
Dita von Teese is the most famous contemporary Rockabella for a reason!
A more conservative 1950’s’ inspired look
There are so many creative Rockabilly looks you can try!
Messy can be cute!
Katy Perry rocking the Rockabilly style
More 1950’s inspired suggestions:
And here are some make-up ideas which will compliment your Rockabilly hairstyle
There are a lot of awesome Rockabilly styles for men, too!
A suave contemporary look with a vintage twist
Elvis Presley: The King of Rock’n Roll was a big fan of the Rockabilly hairstyle