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Most glamorous old Hollywood hairstyles and the face shapes that these hairdos flatter

Updated on October 6, 2019
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I love fashion! Hairstyle is so important for women. The right hairstyle can make you look better and younger.

Marilyn Monroe

Do you like to drool over the glamorous hairstyles sported by female celebrities in old Hollywood days? This hub is all about beautiful actresses and their signature hairdos from the past. In recent years, retro fashion is gaining popularity. Glamorous old Hollywood hairstyles will make lots of women look very feminine and elegant. This hub also talks about the face shapes that these hairdos flatter. Hope you will find it fun to read and helpful.

Marilyn Monroe's signature mid length wavy hairstyle – Marilyn Monroe or Norma Jeane Mortenson (her real name) was the symbol of old Hollywood glamor. In many of her movies, Marilyn sported a mid length wavy hairstyle which complemented her face perfectly. When people think of her, they have a mental picture of her with that iconic hair. Many decades later, stars like Katherine Heigl sported a similar hair on the red carpet and it looked stunning with her evening gown. However, you should keep in mind that this style is more flattering on women with thinner faces. The big curls tend to widen the face so wide faces should not attempt.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn's iconic updo in Breakfast at Tiffany's – One of the biggest Hollywood stars, Audrey Hepburn, wore her iconic updo in Breakfast at Tiffany's. This simple yet elegant hair matches her face perfectly. This simple updo is suitable for all face shapes and can be wore at formal events. If you want to replicate Audrey's look, you should wear a little black dress with this hairdo.

Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth's glamorous side parted hairstyle – Many men prefer long hair on women. Rita Hayworth's glamorous side parted hairstyle was very popular back in the days. This hairdo is suitable for women with all face shapes. The waves on the side tends to add width to a skinny face. The volume on the top visually lengthens a round face. This hairdo is perfect for romantic date nights with your significant other.

Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake's long blonde hair with soft waves – If you want to do a retro hairstyle that is not as dramatic as some of the others shown here, Veronica Lake's soft long blonde hair has a very laid back look. This style is flattering for all face shapes.

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor's hairstyle in Cleopatra – Elizabeth Taylor is one of the most recognizable female actresses of the twentieth century. She is very beautiful and stylish. In one of her most memorable movies, she sported a medium length braided hair with short bangs. This hairstyle is representative of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, that Taylor is portraying in the movie. Due to short bangs and harsh edges, this hairstyle is only suitable for women with oval faces.

Louise Brooks

The iconic bob sported by Louise Brooks – The bob was first “invented” in the 1920s. If you follow fashion, bob has been very popular these few years. This iconic bob was sported by Louise Brooks and other women of the 1920s. Due to the short straight bangs and sharp lines, you need to have either an oval or heart shaped face to wear this style successfully. In recent years, hairstylists have invented different bob hairstyles that are flattering for every face shape.

Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh's cute hairstyle in Gone with the Winds – Vivien Leigh sported a cute shoulder length hair in Gone with the Winds. This is another example of what not to do when you have less than perfect face shape. Here is what I mean, the hair that is lifted higher on both sides exposes your face shape. The volume at the sides make a round and square face very noticeable. Only women with oval face shapes look okay with this hairstyle. Even though this look is amazing on Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Winds, most folks should not attempt because it doesn't really match with modern clothing.

Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby. Not glamorous in the traditional sense. However, this short pixie style is super flattering on a women with slender oval / heart face shape. So bold, it will sure catch lots of attention. Only women with very dainty features can pull off this gorgeous yet bold hairstyle.

Bridget Bardot

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 are perfect to hide it. If you have an oblong face, it will make it look shorter. If you have square jawlines, it will soften them and make you appear more feminine.


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      Jessee R 

      7 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I loved the Marilyn Monroe Hairdo..

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      Shan Moore 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      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!

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      7 years ago from The City of Generals

      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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