Marilyn Monroe epitomized the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age with this bundle of platinum waves.
The classic vintage style she introduced is created by curling wide strands of hair with a large barreled iron or rollers, which are then shaped with gel.
Victory Rolls – 1950
Perhaps no hairstyle is as iconic as Victory Rolls. Coming of age during the height of World War II, the look was termed by actress Lana Turner, pictured here, who donned the do in the 1942 film Somewhere I’ll Find You.
It was she who first called it ‘victory hair,’ referring to air acrobatics by WWII fighter pilots who would celebrate a direct hit by triumphantly spinning their craft through the air. To achieve the glamorous look, locks of hair are rolled from the tip to the crown and secured with hairpins.
The Poodle Cut – 1951
This style was so popular that by 1952, 3 out of 5 women requested the Poodle clip at salons. First worn in the late-40s by actresses like Peggy Garner and Faye Emerson, Lucile Ball made the look legendary.
A mop of curls gathered on top characterize the elegant updo so reminiscent of the pampered pooch.
The Cap Cut – 1953
Elizabeth Taylor made this modified pixie cut popular with young American women in the early 50s.
Also known as the Italian cut, Italian screen actresses Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren did their part to glamorize the short wavy curls.
The Sabrina – 1954
Here is Audrey Hepburn’s iconic pixie cut featuring her natural cowlick, noticeable in the little curl at the side of the part. The rest of her hair is swept to the opposite side of the part delicately framing her features.
Hepburn went short during the filming of Roman Holiday a year earlier. Her character chopped it all off in an act of youthful independence.