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Iconic Glamorous Old Hollywood Hairstyles

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I love fashion! Hairstyle is so important for women. The right hairstyle can make you look younger, more attractive, and hide imperfections.


Marilyn Monroe: Wavy Blonde Medium Short Hairstyle

When you think of Marilyn Monroe, her perfect blonde hair immediately comes to mind. While not naturally a blonde, Marilyn Monroe chemically bleached her hair to the golden hue as a part of her signature look. Before her hair turned blonde, Marilyn was actually a brunette. Before her death, Marilyn's hair lost most of the pigment because of bleaching. It turned to a very light shade of blonde. Back to her signature short wavy hair, this hairstyle perfectly balances out Marilyn's heart shaped face. But, it's not just the hairstyle that made the blonde bombshell, her makeup artist did an amazing job that perfected Marilyn's image. If you have a heart shaped face, you can rock Marilyn's hairstyle too. In addition to heart shaped face, oval and oblong faces can also rock this gorgeous hairstyle. The waves have a lot of volume, so it will make oblong faces look slightly shorter and more balanced.


Audrey Hepburn: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn is a gorgeous actress with the most beautiful eyes. Her iconic look is even recognizable today with many actresses and beauty gurus trying to imitate her. However, Audrey's beauty is really one of a kind and her glamorous look will not fade with time. This elegant up-do hairstyle flatters a lot of different face shapes. If you have an oval, round, or heart shaped face, you can easily wear this hairstyle. For those with oblong faces, this hairstyles tends to make the face look even longer. For diamond face shapes, it can expose your widest point and make your face look less balanced. However, diamond faces can still wear this style by using slightly longer bangs to balance out their powerful cheekbones.


Mia Farrow: Pixie Cut

Mia Farrow's hair is still one of the most eye-catching in Hollywood films. Short hair is not very mainstream for women. When you think of Rosemary's Baby, an image of Mia Farrow and her pixie cut come to your mind. This hairstyle is actually one of the hardest to pull off. For starters, very short hair tends to only flatter those with perfectly slim oval faces and delicate features. But this tomboy pixie cut can also look great on oblong and heart shaped faces. Word of advice, if you don't have a slim face, the pixie will probably not look very nice. However, if you still want a pixie cut but don't have the perfect face for it. There are modified versions of the pixie that can work. Generally, when the pixie is longer and more layered, it can look really good on round faces.


Elizabeth Taylor: Egyptian Queen Hairstyle

Among the famous actresses in Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor is one of the most recognizable with her violet eyes. Throughout the years, she had numerous hairstyles. But Cleopatra's Egyptian queen hairstyle is very unique. This hairstyle is quite simple and perfect for those with naturally straight hair. The bangs are cut shorter than any traditional hairstyle of today. Shorter bangs are harder to pull off but perfect for those with oval shaped faces. Black hair tends to look a little "heavy", this hairstyle can look more modern and fresh if it's a shade of brown. Your hairstylist can modify the cut to a less "blunt" version to give it a modern day vibe.


Veronica Lake: Soft Blonde Waves

Veronica Lake's blonde wavy hair is very pretty. This hairstyle is one of the easiest to style because of how simple it is. However, even though it's not complicated, it is very feminine and beautiful. Best of all, this side part long wavy hair is very flattering for women of all face shapes. Long hair is lot easier to pull off because your hairstylist can make subtle adjustments to suit your face shape. The side part flatters round faces. While your stylists can make the hair a little bit more wavy to flatter oblong faces. This hairstyle is really perfect for vacations and dates.

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Bridget Bardot: Signature Big Hair

Bridget Bardot's blonde hair is so signature. This style is very feminine and flatters lots of different face shapes. If you have a small forehead, the bangs can hide it. If you have an oblong face, the bangs can make it look shorter. If you have square jawlines, it will soften them and make you appear more feminine.


Grace Kelly: Elegance

Grace Kelly is one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood. This natural beauty has a simple style that exudes elegance. One of the most iconic Hermes bags is named after the princess of Monaco. With the perfect bone structure, Grace Kelly's iconic hairstyle is always swept back to fully frame her face. This hairstyle shows off her elegance. While not the easiest to pull off if you are not Grace Kelly, this hairstyle is good for oval, heart, and oblong face shapes. It can look good on round faces too when your hairstylist make the top a little taller to add depth and length.


Louise Brooks: Bob

The iconic bob that Louise Brooks wore is so eye popping. This is evidence that good hairstyles last forever. The bob was popular a few years ago and every woman wanted a bob haircut. Fortunately, if you like the bob haircut, there is one that will work for you. The bob comes in so many different styles and length. Your hairstylist can find one that works for you. When in doubt, start with a longer bob and cut it shorter as you see fit.


Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on June 01, 2012:

I loved the Marilyn Monroe Hairdo..

Shan Moore from Philippines on May 31, 2012:

I love all these iconic retro hairstyles. The golden era that produced this magnificent hair fashion also brought with it decent and glamorous fashion suitable for women, that we seldom find these days! Thanks!

Tonette Fornillos from The City of Generals on May 31, 2012:

Hi JIN. This is perfect timing! I've been thinking a lot about retro hair styles so I'm not gonna miss this! Loved that of Audrey's for special occasion, too bad I just had my hair shortened, oh no!... maybe I'll try Veronica Lake's. Haha see I'm going nuts. I find it fun. Thank you for putting this hub up JIN. I'm voting up!

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