Vintage Hairdos Even Lazy Girls Can Master

by Celina Bonifacio

You wouldn’t be a real human being if you’ve never slept in and had to half-ass your morning routine. Of course, the usual bedhead go-tos are jumbled up top knots and hats that serve as a cute distraction to the hot mess that lies beneath. Lazy girls, rejoice because you don’t have to suffer from basic hair anymore: There are super simple vintage hairstyle tutorials that take about as much time as a messy bun, but look a thousand times cooler.

Dirty hair comes in handy when it comes to creating updos. Unwashed strands are easier to work with, plus they won’t slip out of the style as easily as squeaky-clean locks. Skipping a day between washes will cut your shower time in half (hooray personal hygiene!), leaving you you some extra time to accomplish these surprisingly easy-to-do hairstyles.

I suggest getting in some practice for a few of these hairstyles before you give them a whirl on a busy morning. The last thing you need is to get stressed over your luscious locks while you’re trying to head out and seize the day. After a few trial runs, you’ll practically be doing them in your sleep! So prep your hair with your beloved dry shampoo and give these vintage-inspired hairstyles a shot.

You’ll need:

Dry shampoo

Rat-tail comb

Bobby pins


Texturizer (I like to use anything with sea salt spray)

A smoothing brush (a paddled hairbrush will do, too)

Headband Faux Bob

Step 1: Pick Your Headband

Pick out an elastic headband for this style. Wire ones work too but elastic headbands are snugger and will help keep your hair in place. Art Deco–inspired headbands will give this style a vintage '20s feel. I’ve also used a red headband with a bow and gotten told I looked like Snow White. So go ahead and bring out your inner Disney princess, too!

Step 2: Make sections

After you pick out a fun headband, divide your hair into about four sections.

Step 3: Weave

Starting with a section from the front, weave it in and out of the headband. Be sure to tuck in the ends into the headband while alternating sides. If it gets harder to weave toward the end, just randomly tuck in the shorter pieces.

Step 4: Adjust

Once all of your hair is safely tucked in, adjust the volume of your hair by gently tugging it to whatever size you’d like.

P.S.: You can wear this do to bed and wake up with heat-free beachy waves! For bigger waves, use fewer sections. For tighter curls, increase the number of sections and weave them in tighter.

Braided Beehive

This vintage-inspired hairstyle combines my two favorite lazy girl dos: the braided crown and the beehive. Since you’re getting two styles for the price of one, you can pull off a subtler beehive.

Step 1: Backcomb

Pull all of the hair behind your ears back. Try to keep the pieces in front of your ears out of the way. Starting from the crown, begin to backcomb the section of hair that’s pulled back behind you. After you’ve teased your hair into a crazy mane, gently smooth it out without brushing out your hair. I like to use a bristled brush that doubles as a rat-tail comb, that way you can tease and smooth with one tool.

Step 2: Tuck & Roll

Now that your hair is all teased and smoothed, begin rolling your hair toward the crown of your head. Be sure to do this slowly at first. It might help to let your thumb guide you as you roll your hair. Once you’ve reached your head, pin your hair at the middle and sides of your beehive.

Step 3: Braid

Create two small braids with the sections at the front of your head.

Step 4: Create The Crown

Bring the two braids across the top of your head right in front of the beehive, and pin behind your ears. To further secure it, stick bobby pins through the braids and into your beehive every inch or so.

Don't forget to hairspray everything in place!

Vintage Beehive

The dirtier your hair, the better this one will hold up. You're going to repeat steps 1 & 2 (teasing and rolling) from the braided beehive hairstyle to start.

Step 1: Twist Back

Grab a section of hair from the front and pull it back then wrap it behind your beehive. As your pull it back, twist the end of your hair into a loop. Pin your hair where your beehive meets the back of your head. Repeat with the section on the other side.

Step 2: Add A Headband

This part is optional, but add a headband once you've completed all the steps. I think it adds a cute structure to the over all hairstyle, plus hides any second-day roots.

Hairspray your beehive in place and you're ready to go!

Messy French Twist

This is a nice alternative to a top knot or pony tail and brings a bit of sophistication to your overall look. It's especially great for interviews, work, and any occasion that requires you to dress up a bit.

Step 1: Create The Tail

Pull your hair into a ponytail around the middle of your head. If you want to add some volume to your twist, feel free to tease your hair at the crown before pulling it into a ponytail.

Step 2: Fold & Roll

If your hair is on the longer side, like mine, fold your ponytail in half. Once your hair is ready, start rolling your hair inward toward your head. This is very similar to rolling your hair into a beehive, but sideways this time. Take your time rolling your hair and don't worry about it being neat like a traditional French twist.

Step 3: Pin Like Crazy

Once your hair is rolled in, begin pinning. Make sure you cross pin (place two pins in a cross-shape) at the bottom, middle, and top of your twist.

And voilà! Your messy French twist is all set.

Spent a bit too much time on these lovely dos? You can downplay your makeup and let your hair steal the show for the day. To keep the vintage-inspired look going, definitely add some winged eyeliner or a nice red lip to pull everything together.

Images: Kara McGrath