Fall Hair Trend: It's A Retro Revival!

Fashion designers have long loved drawing inspiration from bygone eras, and the greatest hair gurus are no exception. In fact, when it comes to fall hair trends, we've spotted more retro-inspired hairstyles showing up on the runways than ever before. Propelling the past-perfect hairstyle movement into the spotlight, the fall shows offered a parade of provocative coifs to play upon, but with an all-too-important twist that keeps things from looking kitschy.
At Dior, the short, '30s-inspired waves recalled the Old Hollywood glamour of Jean Harlow, while models at Fendi rocked a badass pompadour that was equal parts pinup girl and rockabilly princess. The teased tresses at Nina Ricci straddled '60s mod and ladylike elegance, Louis Vuitton delivered a polished '50s vibe, and Chloé channeled Faye Dunaway's bouncy '70s blowout in the 1976 film Network. Luckily, you don't have to jump in your time machine to learn how to copy our top retro picks. In fact, we've consulted some tress experts on how-to tips and tools you'll need to rewind the clock on five of fall's coolest new-old 'dos.
1. Soft Focus—Stylist Conrad Dornan was part of the hair team at the Dior fall 2010 show and offers these tips to help achieve the look.
The Tips:
• "Start by separating the hair into sections and applying a texturizing product to each portion, like Shu Uemura's Kaze Wave texturizing foam."
• "Using a small curling iron, begin setting the bottom half of the head in small sections. As you work the sections toward the top and front of the head, offset your sections bit by bit to create a looser wave on top and a tighter wave to support the hair on bottom."
• "Once the hair is set, brush out your hair to your desired shape. Tease at your own discretion to get that great volume, and just use some bobby-pins to secure the hair where necessary."
The Tools:
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Kaze Wave Sensual Curl Texturizing Foam, $33, available at Shu Uemura.
Design Pulse Messy Couture Molding Paste, $16, available at Matrix.
Sultra The Seductress: Curl, Wave & Straight Iron, $230, available at Sephora.
Dior Fall 2010 look via Dior.
2. On a Roll—Nicole Descoteaux, a stylist at New York's Butterfly Studio, gives her tips on getting Fendi's pompadour.
The Tips:
• "This look is what we call over direction, which means the roll or pouf sits very far forward on its base. Start by using a lot of gel, and make sure to flip your head over and blow-dry forward."
• "Secure hair at the crown, then backcomb, twist, and pin."
The Tools: Oribe Gel Serum, $58, available at Oribe.
TIGI Bed Head Maxxed Out Massive Hold Hairspray, $14.50, available at TIGI.
Goody Bobby Pins, $3.19 the pack of 50, available at Target.
Fendi fall 2010 look via Fendi.
3. Pony Up—Blow stylist Naeemah Carre helps re-create Louis Vuitton's ponytail with five easy steps.
The Tips:
• "Apply Blow's Ready Set Blow Express Blow Dry Lotion to hair, then blow out hair with a medium round boar bristle brush. For extra bounce and curl, add Blow Up Thickening Mist."
• "Spray Blow's Blow Out Spray Serious Non-Stick Hair Spray all over hair for added sheen and a soft hold."
• "Tease hair at the crown for desired lift."
• "Gather hair into a high pony right below the crown using a non-tugging ponytail holder."
• "Wrap a small section of hair around the base of your ponytail to hide the ponytail holder. To take your retro look to the next level you can even wrap a pretty scarf or ribbon around your pony!"
Extra Credit: Tame any flyaways by applying Oscar Blandi's Pronto to the finished look
The Tools:
Blow Blow Up Thickening Mist, $21, available at Ulta.
Blow Ready Set Blow, $21, available in September at Ulta.
Oscar Blandi Pronto Gloss, $23, available at Sephora.
Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 look via CoverGirl/Pat McGrath.
4. Sophisticated Sexy—Redken's Guido describes his inspiration for Chloé's look by saying, "The collection featured very bold pieces, so in order to feminize the look, the hair was blow-dried and set for a gorgeous, bouncy style down the runway." We tapped Arrojo Studio Master Stylist Amanda Jenkins to give her take on the style.
The Tips:
• "Add a volumizing foam at the roots and flip your head over to blow-dry so the roots are going straight down at the crown."
• "Once your hair is dry, use Velcro rollers to set the crown area while using a round brush to dry the remaining hair. Just make sure the sections aren't too big or they will end up tangled in the brush."
The Tools:
Nexxus Thermal Volume Volumizing Heat Protection Mousse, $10.55, available at Ulta.
Ojon Volumizing 2-Min Hair Mask, $38, available at Beauty.com.
Fekkai Large Round Brush, $65, available at Sephora.
Chloé fall runway images via Redken.
5. High & Mighty—Redken's creative consultant, Guido, created this look at Nina Ricci based on 1950s and '60s French actresses. Follow his tips to copy this style stat!
The Tips:
• "Start with clean, dry hair and apply Redken's Aerate 08 Bodifying Cream Mousse to the crown of the head and rough dry to add volume at the crown."
• "Backcomb hair at the crown to create additional body."
• "Comb hair away from face and over the bump created at the crown."
• "Let hair fall naturally at the ends and secure with finishing spray."
The Tools:
Redken Aerate 08 Bodifying Cream-Mousse, $16, available at Redken.
L'Oreal Elnet Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold, $14.99, available at L'Oreal Paris.
Nina Ricci Fall 2010 look via Redken.
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