Five Retro Characters with Covetable Coiffures

Five Retro Characters with Covetable Coiffures

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Natural & Curly: Esther Hoffman, “A Star Is Born”

Barbra Streisand plays Esther Hoffman in the 1976 version of “A Star Is Born.” Her hair mimics her attitude — fierce and free but also soft and romantic. Babs is every curly-haired girl’s inspiration, and with the right products, you too can channel her high-spirited and fiery persona. The DevaCurl-certified stylists here at Pinup Salon are prepared to take care of the curliest of locks, and can recommend you the right cut, moisturizing conditioner, and leave-in products to keep your natural ‘do Barbra-approved.

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Healthy Body & Shine: Barbarella, “Barbarella”

In the iconic retro sci-fi movie “Barbarella” (1968), the beautiful Jane Fonda is the titular character, on a mission to save Earth from an evil scientist. Fonda’s looks in this film are show-stopping, featuring retro-futuristic bikinis, fur coats, go-go boots, ray guns, and of course her enviably luscious mane. To emulate her look, use smoothing and conditioning oils that repair damage to your hair, such as argan oil or babassu oil. Smooth through your ends on towel-dry hair, or comb through your dry locks to maintain flyaways and give a shiny bounce. Pile up your healthy locks with bobby pins like Barbarella above, or treat yourself to a blowout infused with a keratin treatment from our knowledgeable stylists.


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Short Bob & Blunt Bangs: Mia Wallace, “Pulp Fiction”

Uma Thurman is calm, cool, and collected in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 classic, “Pulp Fiction.” She plays Mia Wallace, a mob boss’s wife with great style: black skinny slacks, a crisp white button-up, red lips, and a dark bob with short blunt bangs. Head to the salon and ask for a shoulder-grazing bob like Uma’s, and figure out which bang style is right for you for a new look that’s refreshed and cool-as-a-cucumber.

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Pin-Curl Updo: Lucy Ricardo, “I Love Lucy”

“I Love Lucy” warmed hearts and brought a whole lot of silliness to American viewers from 1951 to 1957. Lucille Ball’s schemes often went haywire, but if there was one thing that was always right on the nose, it was Lucy’s perfectly coiffed red hair. Proving that being a homemaker isn’t any less of a job than banging the bongos at Club Babalu, Lucy never gave up on an idea, no matter how crazy. Even if your hair is thick and curly, like Ball’s, with the proper pins and technique, you can master her retro updo — and we can help!


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Platinum Blonde: Lorelei Lee, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

Marilyn Monroe was notorious for her platinum blonde hair and captivating on-screen presence, and her scenes in Howard Hawk’s 1953 technicolor musical “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” seem to highlight everything wonderful about the actress. However, achieving that Hollywood glam blonde isn’t always as easy as Marilyn makes it look. Several sessions of bleaching (removing the color from your hair) and toning (cooling down the brassiness) may be necessary to achieve your perfect shade. Just tell our stylists “Give me the Marilyn!” to get started! Post-bleach hair care is essential — so try to shampoo less, condition more with a purple conditioner to neutralize yellow tones, and maybe try out a fun hair mask or two to keep your ends silky smooth and moisturized.