Give your natural hair old-school personality with this vintage French roll updo.

French roll and front bun coily hairstyle

Sometimes, we all want to change up our usual hair styling routine and take the glam level up a notch. Vintage updos and era-inspired hairstyles are a classic way to give your natural hair old-school personality. Look at pictures of pin-up girls or Hollywood actresses of the 50s – stunning! Many of these styles can be loosely categorized as “roll, tuck, and pin” hairstyles because that’s all that’s involved. No complex parting, braiding or twisting. To recreate these hairstyles, you usually just need a photo for inspiration, a good eye and an arsenal of bobby pins.

The high French roll twist with a front bun is best on medium to long hair. You can also style stretched, multiple-day hair. Here are some quick instructions for creating this trendy, ultra-retro style:

  1. Moisturize your hair with your favorite spritz, leave-in conditioner, or hair butter. Make sure the hair is soft and pliable.
  2. To make your French roll, gather your hair smoothing it up from the nape up to the center of your head, as if you’re about to make a high ponytail. As you smooth up your hair, roll it inwards and secure with a bobby pin. Continue smoothing, rolling, and pinning until you reach the front of your head. It should look like a sleek roll in the back with your puff or curls pushed to the very front of your head.
  3. Smooth the hair from the opposite direction onto the side you want your front bun to face. Tuck it under your remaining front section of hair and pin.
  4. Now you should be able to let go and have a curly ponytail or puff left to form into a front bun. For example, if you’re forming the bun to the right, gather small pieces from the left of the section and gently bring them to the right, holding them in place, as you continue to gather small sections from the left side.
  5. Once you’ve created the shape of your bun, you should have the ends of your hair gathered in one hand. Tuck your ends under the bun and pin. Depending on the length of your hair or if you have bangs, it may take some adjusting and careful bobby pin placement. Practice makes perfect!
  6. You’re done! Once you’re satisfied with the placement and neatness of your front bun, accessories with hair flowers, hair combs, or even bold lipstick and large button earrings!

Check out MakeupAnBeautyJunkie’s video below! She looks amazing!

Vintage Style Hair Tutorial

High French Roll Twist With Front Bun

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