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It's not rocket science when it comes to figuring out why pin-up girls landed in the lockers of G.I.'s during World War II. They were hot. Period. In fact, these sexy doe-eyed divas served as the glamorous standard bombshell for decades to come—and not just because of their scantily clad bods. To get the look without slipping on a pair of hot pants, we suggest focusing on the hairstyle and going for the classic '40s wave. It's a heck of a lot easier to pull off than, say, those skimpy shorts.
For proof, we tapped celeb stylist and salon owner George Gonzalez to dish some tips on how to style a modern-day interpretation of this retro 'do. With a range of experience under his belt, including the Oprah show, this man understands the need for speed and simplicity. Here, he'll show you how—with just two tools and five simple steps—you can achieve a gorgeous soft wave that's bound to turn heads. Throw on a little red lipstick, strike a pose, and get ready to be the ultimate calendar girl, even if you're not with the USO.
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