I enjoy fashion and looking trendy on a budget. I also create art, take photos, and save money by doing things myself.
Who Was Veronica Lake?
The gorgeous Veronica Lake is best known for her roles in 1940s Hollywood noir films, as well as her famous hairdo.
Veronica always wore a peek-a-boo hairstyle, with a deep part and soft, flowing waves. Many modern ladies of the red carpet have emulated this look, including Reese Witherspoon, Blake Lively, Kate Winslet, and Scarlett Johansson.
The hairstyle is commonly done on long hair, but this tutorial is for you short-haired girls out there who are looking to try something new! These beautiful vintage waves can be achieved in 20 minutes.
What You'll Need
For this hairstyle, all you'll need is a curling brush, hairspray, and a butterfly clip! Grab a handheld mirror, too, so you can see the back of your head when you're done.
I use a Conair curling brush that's around $15 at Walmart, although I'm sure you could use a regular curling wand or iron. I like the brush because it helps give curls volume, and it leaves them looking more natural than a curling iron does.
How to Make Your Bangs Have the Perfect Wave
- First, make sure you have a deep side part.
- Begin with your bangs on the larger section of hair. Curl the top half of the section towards your face, at the roots. Leave the ends alone for now. You'll deal with them next.
- Once you've got a nice wave going on, take the bottom half of that same section and curl it in the opposite direction, away from your face.
- Continue this pattern on all of the top sections of hair—towards your face near the root, away from your face at the bottom.
How to Curl the Sides and Lower Layers
In the video below, I kind of skipped around, doing the top layer on one side, then the whole bottom, then the top of the other side. Sorry if it's a little confusing. Like I said, for the top layers, you follow the curling-towards-then-curling-away pattern.
The bottom layers are super simple. Just curl them away from your face on both sides. If your hair is really short in the back like mine, just curl it under.
Final Touches and Makeup
When you're finished, add a bit of hairspray and some beautiful, retro-inspired makeup. I went for cat-eye eyeliner and red lipstick. Now enjoy your fabulous hair!
Veronica Lake Short Hair Tutorial
Elisabeth Ellis from Nashville, TN. on July 11, 2014:
That looks so pretty. :)
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on January 26, 2014:
Thank you so much! I appreciate the complements!
Jennifer from New Jersey on January 26, 2014:
I love your edgy look and the great tips! Congrats on your success here as well! Welcome and blessings to you!