How To Rock 4 Awesome Vintage 'Dos

Whenever we're blasting our hair with turbo-powered blowdryers or yanking at our locks with technologically savvy flat irons, we can't help but think that it all seems so...unromantic. What happened to the hairstyling techniques of yore, like using soda cans as rollers, and the bodacious 'dos that they created?
Inspired by our grandmothers' best coiff tips, we decided to bring these old-school hair-setting techniques into the 21st century, with a little bit of help from Lizzy Weinberg and Rochelle LaBar from Pimps & Pinups Salon. These ladies showed up at our studio armed with mini Coke cans, pink foam rollers, and hand-ripped rags. Then, they whipped up all sorts of gorgeous 'dos that made us consider ditching the trendy blowout bars for good.
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Click through for the step-by-step on how to snag these gorgeous looks for yourself, at home, with no special skills needed. This is the lo-fi route to gorgeous, bouncy waves and curls — get ready for a blast from the past!

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Ever seen those beautiful shots of '50s-era women with their hair set in Coke cans? Well, guess what, it totally works. Get ready to put your sweet tooth to work.
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Start with clean, barely damp hair, and apply Kevin Murphy Hair Resort for a bit of beachy texture. Section off the top part of your hair (above the arch of each eyebrow). Clip the two side sections out of the way — you'll get to that later.
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Remove a two-inch chunk of hair at your front hairline, and clip the rest of the hair at your crown, so it's out of the way. Spray the section with flexible-hold hairspray.
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Next, grab your Coke can — Weinberg and LaBar used mini cans, as they're easier to handle and create a slightly tighter curl than huge ones. Place it at the end of your hair, and roll towards your scalp as shown.
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Secure the can into place with two rubber bands — one on each end.
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Continue to roll sections in a mohawk fashion, from the forehead to the nape of the neck. Next, divide the hair at the sides of your head into three sections each, and roll each onto a can.

Simply allow rollers to set by air-drying, or set with a hairdryer on a diffuser setting. The dryer will heat the cans and create an even longer-lasting curl. Just make sure that the cans fully cool before moving on to the next step.
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Once you're set and cooled, carefully remove the rubber bands from each can and unroll the curls.
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Use a soft brush or a wide-tooth comb to gently comb through your curls for a sexy, Veronica-Lake-esque wave.
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Set with hairspray, and voilà — the most beautiful way to recycle your soda cans, ever. (Oh, and that drop-dead cherry-red lipstick? It's Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Harlot.)
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Remember those pink foam rollers that your grandmother used? They're legit. Full instructions on how to get hair this voluminous, straight ahead.
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Start with clean, almost-dry hair (spray with a light mist of water if it's dry). Section the hair at the crown of your head out of the way with a clip. Grab your foam rollers!
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To use the foam rollers, begin by opening the little hinge on the roller so that it's out to the side. Starting at your hairline, roll a one-inch section of hair around the roller, all the way to the root. Once you reach the root, close the hinge over the rolled hair, and click it into place.
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As with the Coke cans, create rolls all the way to the nape of your neck in a mohawk shape, using one-inch sections of hair. Next, roll sections of hair at the sides of your head, starting at your temple and working your way back.
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Once all of the hair has been rolled, you can go super old-school and sleep on the rollers to set your curls overnight. If you decide to go this route, Weinberg and LaBar recommend wrapping your hair in a silk scarf and knotting it at the crown of your head. This prevents curlers from shifting as you sleep (and causing major frizz).

Of course, you can also set the curls with a diffuser, or let them air-dry.
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Once the curls are set and cool, gently unroll, starting with the curlers at the nape of your neck.
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Once all of the curls have been released, gently brush them out to get a more natural wave and tons of volume.
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The finished look — have you ever seen locks this pretty? (That gorgeous purple lipstick is MAC Lipstick in Violetta.)
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Next up: rag curls! In preparation, create your rags. Our stylists simply cut up an old pillow case into one-inch strips, but any soft cotton will do, such as a T-shirt or (clean) dishtowel.
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Start with hair that's about 90% dry — spritz with a little water if needed.
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Starting at the front of your head, section off a one-inch section of hair. Hold your strip of fabric perpendicular to your hair, and wrap the ends around the rag a couple of times. Next, roll the hair up towards your scalp.
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Once your hair has been rolled all the way to your scalp, tie the ends of the rag together, trapping the rolled hair in the middle. Tie the rag into a knot to secure.
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Continue grabbing one-inch sections of hair, rolling and knotting the rags until your whole head is set. Let hair air dry, sleep on it, or diffuse it — you know the drill.
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Once hair is dry and cool, carefully unknot each piece of fabric and unroll your curls.
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Shake out the curls with your fingers or comb them through with a wide-tooth comb for a looser curl. The perfect finishing touch? A nonchalant nude lip — our makeup artist used MAC Lipstick in Peachstock.
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Our final stop on our Retro Redux tour: finger waves. This one is a tiny bit tricky, but just follow along — we promise you'll get it with a bit of practice!
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Apply firm-hold styling gel to damp hair (we love how Devachan's DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel moisturizes while it holds) and comb through. Create a deep start part with a parting comb — Weinberg and LaBar suggest using the arch of your eyebrow as a guide.
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Sweep your hair away from the part with your fingers and hold it above the arch of the eyebrow opposite your part. Using your comb, sweep the hair forward toward your eye, and then back to your temple, creating a C shape. Insert flat duckbill clips (or large bobby pins) at the top and bottom of the C to hold the wave in place.
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Continue to set your hair, using your comb to direct hair forward, then back, and clipping into place. Once you hit your jawline, take the loose hair and roll it up into a loop, creating a pin curl. Secure with another clip or bobby pin.
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Mold hair along your face in the same way on the opposite side of your head, ending in a pin curl.
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Next, take sections of hair at the back of your head and loop the hair into pin curls, securing with a clip.
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Continue to create loose pin curls, until all of the hair at the back of your head is set. Diffuse, air dry, or set the curls with a little heat.
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Once hair is dry and cool, release all of the pin curls. But, don't remove the flat clips securing your finger wave just yet! Gently comb through the ends of your hair — the flat clips will ensure that you don't pull out those beautiful C-shaped curls that are framing your face.
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Remove those last clips, and you're done!

You did have big plans tonight, right? Yeah, we thought so — this hair is begging to be taken out on the town. Pair all of those luscious waves with a pretty pink lip, such as Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in 33 Satin Fresh Pink.
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