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Diamond Jubilee: Fifties-Inspired Hairstyles From OGARIO London


18 May 2012

In just weeks, the nation will be celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, with events planned across the country.

In honour of Her Majesty's Coronation in 1953, the team at luxurious haircare range OGARIO London has taken a retrospective look at the hairstyles of the Fifties and given them a modern twist. 

This was a decade when style and grooming were the watchwords - think Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, stars of the silver screen whose elegance still influences today's red carpet devotees. 

Soft curls, rolled fringes, and ponytails are the looks that have influenced OGARIO London's Diamond Jubilee collection, not least the cute pixie crop that Audrey sported throughout much of the 1950s.

Creative Director Norris Ogario said: ‘We've reflected the mood of the era, giving our looks a more relaxed contemporary style.  

‘It's still got the glamour but it's more wearable if you don't want to go for the full retro look - perfect inspiration for whatever Diamond Jubilee event you're planning on attending - even if you get to meet Her Majesty herself.'

Because you're Hayworth it: Long hair with loose curls

It was Rita Hayworth ‘who gave good face' in Madonna's song Vogue but she also had rather wonderful hair, too. The screen legend was captured in countless photographs with a mane of long, glossy hair and it's not a difficult look to recreate.

Step 1:Wash hair and dry with a hairdryer, putting in rollers all over while still warm

Step 2: Leave rollers in for ten minutes while hair cools and brush out the top down to mid-length for volume and smoothness 

Step 3: Leave curl/movement at the end, using fingers to enhance

Feel the Hepburn, Queen of the crop

The crop has been sported by stars including Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson and Michelle Williams, who recently played Marilyn Monroe, the greatest screen siren of the Fifties. But the elfin look was originally given iconic status by actress Audrey Hepburn. OGARIO London pays homage to the Oscar winner, giving the hair more lift at the front with the honey blonde tones of Grace Kelly just for added Hollywood glamour.

Step 1: Leave hair wet and apply fixatives such as a moose or gel

Step 2: Create a side parting with an angle to move the weight to the front

Step 3: Use a comb to lift the front

Get a preppy ponytail like Grease lightning

The classic 1950s ponytail sat quite high at the back of the head. Sandy, the innocent character in musical Grease, exemplifies the style perfectly. OGARIO London has moved it to the front and created a semi top-knot, allowing hair to fall forward, bringing this look bang up to date.

Step 1: Wash and blow-dry hair

Step 2: Create a pony tail, twisting hair into a semi topknot

Step 3: Simply let the hair drop

Get the Taylored look with curls and quiffs

You only need to look around to see that the Fifties quiff is back in a big way - and not just on women. From One Direction to Rihanna, big, bouffant hair is reaching skyscraper heights. And you don't have to look too far into the past to find the original style icons, from Elvis and Elizabeth Taylor to trendy teddy boys.

Step 1:Wash and blow-dry hair - put in rollers if desired, for more volume

Step 2: Pull the sides of the hair back, rolling and fixing with a pin

Step 3: Take the front section and back comb at the roots for height or use a large roller and pin before letting the hair drop around the shoulders

Hive and seek: Do it like Dusty

As the 1950s turned into the 1960s, the beehive quickly became a hairstyle that created a serious buzz. One devotee was singer Dusty Springfield and in tribute to the Sixties star, OGARIO London has created a contemporary version of her lofty hair. 

Step 1: Wash and blow-dry hair before sectioning, taking the back and twisting into a top knot on the crown and pin

Step 2: Heavy back comb at the front, leaving some wisps of hair out and fix with grips - use hair spray if needed

OGARIO London's top tips...

  • The hair needs to be in good condition when styling - particularly when adding volume - to get the best results, use a good quality product such as OGARIO London's shampoo and conditioners
  • Rollers, a comb and pins are the tools needed to create most of the classic looks
  • Velcro rollers are easy to use, providing support by sticking to the hair. They make a great investment and will come in handy, whatever the occasion
  • An alternative to Velcro rollers is to use heated rollers



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