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How-To: Retro Rolled Bangs

Talk about high rollers. This 1940's roller-set hairstyle is creeping its way back. Do you ever wonder how Gwen Stefani, Paris Hilton and Christina Aguilera all get their hair rolls to stay in place? I can tell you how in just five steps. (And don't worry, this look isn't reserved strictly for bleached blondes.)

  • STEP 1: Begin with clean, damp hair. Apply a generous amount of mousse to roots and lengths. Blow-dry your hair until it is about 90 percent dry.
  • STEP 2: Next, use a clip to section off your bangs into a triangular shape from the rest of your hair. Dry the bottom of your hair any way you like and mist lightly with hairspray.

For the last three steps,


  • STEP 3: As for the front-crown section of your hair, separate it again into two parts. Wind hair around Velcro rollers and let it set for 20 minutes.
  • STEP 4: Take out the rollers and back-comb the hair to your desired height. Once you are finished, smooth it over with a boar-bristle brush.
  • STEP 5: Before you pin anything, carefully roll the two front sections of hair together around your fingers and secure by criss-crossing two bobby pins into a loop at the front of the head (the criss-cross ensures a tighter hold). As a finishing touch, spritz hair generously with firm hold hairspray.


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ginamichelle1123 ginamichelle1123 9 years
You guys are all crazy! This look is great! I am a huge fan of the pin-up style 40's and 50's do's! Always a classy eye catching look! I am not a fan of the creative!!!
elmosisi elmosisi 9 years
i love gwen stefani paris looks like the ugly duckling/swan
whitefox whitefox 9 years
Hmmm, I love old movies, but these looks are not so great. Why didn't they try other, more attractive locks? And gatsby_esque - you are so right! She just gets more ridiculous and stays as oogly and creepy as ever (that goofy top-false-lashes-on-the-bottom look, ugh!). I actually thought everyone was over her, anyway....
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
My goodness, Paris is one unfortunate-looking girl. I don't like them at all, on anyone. l-o-l gatsby!
tigerfire21 tigerfire21 9 years
Totally Halloween. Gwen can do it okay, but I don't recommend it for mere mortals.
LilyBiscuit7 LilyBiscuit7 9 years
Gwen can pull off this look, but you need an very attractive face. Paris looks awful!
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
That looks weird, I dont like it. Maybe a little curl would look nice, but not all your hair gathered on top into one tight roll.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
It looks great on Gwen but it doesn't look right on the other girls.
AshleyMay84 AshleyMay84 9 years
i love this look. and gwen pulls it off flawlessly.
bellamargaretha bellamargaretha 9 years
I like Paris' makeup on this one, very doll-like.
cleegiants cleegiants 9 years
interesting. i think this works for a very special event or maybe halloween, not so much everyday.
fitgirlFL fitgirlFL 9 years
I will have to skip this one - totally do not like it at all.
akroque91 akroque91 9 years
Gwen can pull off that look really well. I don't think I would ever try that style though.
littlemissme littlemissme 9 years
Gwen is the only person on earth who can do this right, IMO :)
febe febe 9 years
i guess i am the only one here, but i love it. i think it's not something you'd wear everyday. that's why i like it. thanks bella!
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
Maybe for Halloween.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Hm, not for me, thanks.
emalove emalove 9 years
I've always hated this look.
missemma10001 missemma10001 9 years
I'm so glad they have this on here! Their bangs look awesome!
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
Paris looks SCARY....ICK.
gatsby-esque gatsby-esque 9 years
Paris looks like one of those sad clowns in the circus!!! Hahaha!
michlny michlny 9 years
i'm sorry, but why would anyone want to recreate this look??? euw.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Wow you can really see Paris' wonky eye in that picture..... Gwen looks fantastic as usual. She totally rocks the rolled bang.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
OH thank God. When I saw the words rolled bangs I thought you were going to be referring to those geeky bangs from the late 80s early 90s. Not that this is much better!
Random2 Random2 9 years
Eh, maybe if it was for a costume, but I wouldn't wear that every day.
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