New Take on Old Hollywood

Old Hollywood Curls |

New Take on Old Hollywood is a modern version of the classic waves from the ’40’s, ’50’s, and 60’s.

Can I just tell you how much I am obsessed with this look and the era it comes from. I absolutely love the style and fashion from that time frame and wish so badly I could wear a full skirt and mini sweater top every single day. I literally scour Netflix for shows set during those years so I can just fawn over their gorgeous dresses and stylish demeanor. It is so feminine and chic. Ohh I love it! *sigh (:

I actually have another tutorial with these gorgeous waves which you can find here, How to do Old Hollywood Waves. It is so interesting to see how my hair was only a year or so ago and how different it is now. The video is a little bit dark because the sun set while I was filming. Hopefully it is followable (nope not a word); still fun to watch either way I guess.

I hope you love this look as much as I do!

I am wearing extensions in this video and do occasionally when I want to feel a little more gussied up!

Old Hollywood Curls | MissySue.comOld Hollywood Waves | MissySue.comOld Hollywood Waves |

Here are the wonderful steps to achieving this style:

Step 1 / Begin by separating out the majority of the hair, leaving down a 2″ section at the bottom, and clipping the rest out of the way.

Step 2 / Take a 1″ section on the left side and clamp your favorite curling iron over the strand, near the middle, with the tongue facing the back of the head.

Step 3 / Gently roll the curling iron forwards, towards the face, then slowly move the iron down the hair shaft, rolling it forwards as you go, to create a soft curl facing forwards.

Step 4 / Release the curl and let it cool. If your hair won’t hold curl, roll the strand up into the shape it created and pin it in place until it has cooled off before releasing it to hang down.

Step 5 / Repeat steps 2 through 4 with another 1″ strand directly behind the first one.

Step 6 / Now move to the right side of the head and this time curl the hair towards the back of the head, with the curling iron clamp facing forwards.

Step 7 / Let down sections of hair repeating steps 2 through 6, curling the hair on the right side towards the back of the head and the hair on the left side towards the face.

Step 8 / Once all the hair is curled, pull up a section of hair, in a triangle shape, from the part to the right ear.

Step 9 / Roll the hair towards the top of the head and slide in a pin to secure it.

Step 10 / Then take your favorite hair clip and place it over the pin.

Step 11 / Finish with hairspray and usual and done!


  1. February 20, 2018 / 2:14 PM


    I just found this blog. Since you were so nice to share all this information for free, I bought your book. Well done!

  2. Aidyl
    May 6, 2015 / 2:14 PM

    Hey missy, so my hair will never stay curled, no matter what I do. Any tips?

  3. Jessica Holbrook
    January 19, 2015 / 11:23 AM

    Hey Missy! My hair is one of the frustrating kind that just doesn’t want to stay curled, and it’s super thick. So I tried your suggestion of pinning the section of hair after curling it, and it worked! Thanks :)

    • January 21, 2015 / 12:19 PM

      Yay! So glad that little trick worked for you! ((:

  4. May 27, 2014 / 1:55 PM

    So FREAKING Gorgeous Missy!!! Love these curls :)

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