Achieving Old Hollywood Waves for Your Wedding Hair

Embracing Old Hollywood Glamour

Old Hollywood waves are a timeless and elegant hairstyle that adds a touch of vintage glamour to any wedding look. Inspired by the iconic starlets of the 1920s to the 1950s, this hairstyle features soft, cascading waves that exude sophistication and romance.

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Steps to Create Old Hollywood Waves

Prep Your Hair: Start by washing and conditioning your hair with products suited to your hair type. Towel-dry your hair gently and apply a heat protectant spray to shield it from damage during styling.

Curl Your Hair: Using a curling iron or wand, take small sections of hair and wrap them around the barrel, holding for a few seconds before releasing. Curl all sections of your hair in the same direction to create uniform waves.

Pin and Set: Once all your hair is curled, gently brush through the curls with a paddle brush to soften them into waves. Pin each wave in place with bobby pins and mist with hairspray to set the style.

Final Touches: To complete the Old Hollywood look, tuck one side of your hair behind your ear and add a glamorous hair accessory, such as a sparkly hairpin or vintage-inspired comb.

Tips for Perfecting Your Old Hollywood Waves

Practice Makes Perfect: If you’re styling your hair yourself, practice creating Old Hollywood waves ahead of time to perfect your technique and ensure you achieve the desired look on your wedding day.

Seek Professional Help: If you’re unsure about styling your hair or want a flawless finish, consider enlisting the help of a professional hairstylist who specializes in vintage-inspired hairstyles.

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Choose the Right Products: Invest in high-quality hair products, including a curling iron or wand, heat protectant spray, hairspray, and smoothing serum, to achieve long-lasting Old Hollywood waves that withstand the demands of your wedding day.

With these steps and tips, you can effortlessly channel Old Hollywood glamour with stunning waves for your wedding hairstyle, creating a timeless and sophisticated look that will leave a lasting impression.

30+ Vintage Photos From the Oscars Over the Years

These Vintage Photos From the Oscars Are Iconic

Awards season is Hollywood’s busiest and most glamorous time in the social calendar. The Academy Awards, better known to most as the Oscars, is one of the biggest Hollywood events. It brings together class and style to an event that honors acting greats. From Julianne Moore in 1995 to Raquel Welch in 1979, these are the vintage Oscar photos we’ll never forget.

Daryl Hannah

There’s no doubting Daryl Hannah’s beauty as she walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards in 1988. A young actress with a bright future, she was known for her roles in hit movies like Splash, Roxanne, and the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias.

Daryl Hannah

While Daryl has never won an Oscar, she has appeared in Academy Award-nominated films, making her a red-carpet regular with her impressive looks. This look from 1988, however, is one of our favorites.

Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford

The relationship between Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford was very much a life-imitating-art scenario that saw the couple fall in love in nearly the same way that Gere and Julia Roberts’ character did in his hit movie Pretty Woman.

Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford

Their red carpet appearance in 1991 marked their union as man and wife, and saw the couple very much in love as they smiled and waved to their fans. Cindy’s red dress was also a nod to the movie, making this a special and noteworthy appearance.

Candice Bergen

Did you know that actress Candice Bergen was a popular model before she started her impressive film career in the ’60s? Her appearance at the 1973 Academy Awards was unsurprising as she strutted her stuff, looking flawless.

Candice Bergen

Presenting the award for Best Cinematography, Bergen looked regal in a floor-length taupe-colored dress that highlighted her best features and made her look nothing short of confident and glamorous, earning her a spot on our list of the best vintage looks from the Oscars over the years.

Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres

Anne and Ellen were the “it couple” of the ’90s, making them both regulars at big Hollywood red-carpet events like the Oscars. Snapped at the Academy Awards in 1999, the couple looked gorgeous as they entered the venue.

Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres

We may question why they chose to wear matching shades on the red carpet. Regardless, their fashionable outfits more than make up for their strange choice of glasses. It makes them worthy of a spot on our coveted list of Oscar looks from the past.

Madonna

Madonna channeled goddess Marilyn Monroe as she walked the red carpet at the 1991 Academy Awards sporting a blonde coiffe, a fur stole, and pop star Michael Jackson as her date to the coveted award ceremony.

Madonna

Bagging the coveted Oscar for Best Original Song, the singer later performed her hit “Sooner or Later”. She wowed those in attendance, cementing her spot as a red carpet regular for years to come. While her appearances have since tapered, her outfits remain in the hearts and minds of many fans.

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey

Still enjoying the popularity of their hit movie Dirty Dancing, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey attended the 1988 Oscars together. They gave fans more of the swoon-worthy couple they loved following the film’s release in 1987.

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey

The pair would go on to release a sequel to the movie. Though it wasn’t as popular as the first, their now-iconic Oscar look will forever be cemented in history as one of their best. Long live Baby and Johnny!

Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher

Elizabeth Taylor and her then-husband, Eddie Fisher, attended the Oscars in 1961, looking very much in love. They posed together for photos on the red carpet alongside acting greats like Jack Lemmon, Spencer Tracy, and legendary Laurence Olivier.

Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher

Wearing a white ball gown with black flower detail, the actress won an Academy Award for Best Actress as Gloria Wandrous in the hit movie BUtterfield 8. While the movie received its fair share of rave reviews, Elizabeth’s dress stole the show.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone make our list of iconic Oscar looks for a different reason. They appeared on the red carpet at the glitzy Academy Awards of 2000 wearing rather unusual outfits.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone

With Trey channeling J-Lo’s Grammy look and Matt wearing a replica of the pink satin dress worn by Gwyneth Paltrow at a previous Oscar event, the men made a hilarious spectacle of themselves. But boy, did they stand out!

Paul and Linda McCartney

Beatles frontman Paul and his wife Linda McCartney were a welcome addition to the Academy Awards in 1974. Spotted on the red carpet arm in arm, Paul rocked his signature hairdo while Linda opted for a black dress and fur stole.

Paul and Linda McCartney

The McCartneys were in attendance as Paul’s hit single “Live and Let Die”, recorded for the soundtrack to the new Bond film of the same name, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. Sadly for him, the award went to Barbara Streisand’s single “The Way We Were”.

Dame Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in the 1998 movie Shakespeare in Love. Wearing a beautiful Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla creation, the actress looked regal as she crossed the red carpet.

Dame Judi Dench

While the Dame is a red-carpet regular, this appearance was especially noteworthy as it helped start the career of the then-unknown Indian designer. We can all agree that Dame Judi Dench knows how to rock any red-carpet look.

Aretha Franklin

Powerhouse singer Aretha Franklin made her Academy Awards debut in 1969 when she donned a beautiful beaded creation and headpiece as she performed for the bevy of glitzy attendees at the gala event.

Aretha Franklin

Ms. Franklin performed Barbra Streisand’s hit song “Funny Girl”, wowing the crowd with her powerful voice and incredible fashion sense. Her outfit is one Oscar look that we won’t soon forget, as it holds a place of honor on our list of Vintage Oscar looks.

Angelina Jolie and James Haven

Angelina Jolie attended the 2000 Academy Awards with her brother as her date. While her outfit was nothing short of glamorous, what she did on the red carpet garnered the most attention that night and got people talking.

Angelina Jolie and James Haven

Locking lips with her brother James while posing for the paparazzi, Jolie had people questioning their relationship as it was just another in a long line of strange exhibitions that Jolie would carry out while married to Billy Bob Thornton. Remember the fiasco with the necklace?

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren attended the 1999 Oscars to present the Best Foreign Language Film award to fellow Italian actor Roberto Benigni for his heartbreaking film Life Is Beautiful. Considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, Loren oozed gorgeous energy as she donned a classic black dress.

Sophia Loren

The Italian actress has enjoyed a career spanning more than six decades and was the obvious choice as a presenter in the foreign film category. She often starred in Italian movies, amassing fans from across all film genres with her talent.

Meryl Streep

There’s no doubt that Meryl Streep is one of the best actresses in the world, and, as is evident by this picture of her at the Oscars in 1979, one of the most beautiful too. Known for her versatility in acting roles, the actress stunned attendees with grace and beauty on the red carpet.

Meryl Streep

Meryl was only 30 years old when she attended the Academy Awards of 1979, and if this picture was anything to go by, it’s pretty obvious to see why she’s been so successful in her 50-year film career.

Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll is one of the most versatile actresses of her time. With a career that includes time on Broadway, nightclub stages, a show in Las Vegas, and many film and television appearances, it would seem there was nothing this performer couldn’t do.

Diahann Carroll

Making an appearance at the 1969 Oscars, Carroll was there to present an award but won the hearts of fans and the paparazzi with her effortless glamor. She walked the red carpet in a flowing pink gown that made her look like Hollywood royalty.

Joan Collins

Classic actress Joan Collins turned more than a few heads at the 1958 Academy Awards as she was nominated for Best Actress for her role in the film, It’s Rosy. While the award went to her friend Joanne Woodward, we think Collins is still a winner for her outfit choice.

Joan Collins

Things were pretty different back then, and pulling off this outfit was no easy feat. Not only a terrific actress, Joan is also known for this classic Oscar look that will be remembered forever.

Billy Porter

Billy Porter makes it onto our list of classic Oscar looks for the brave outfit he wore to the 2019 Academy Awards. While his choice of a ball gown received mixed reviews, we applaud his courage as he walked down the red carpet at the Academy’s 91st event.

Billy Porter

It takes guts to wear something like this, and we think Billy did it with as much flair and grace as possible — donning this outfit and rocking it as only he could. This ball gown will go down in history and has opened the doors for a new Oscar look.

Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton’s Halstead dress was the talking point of the 1975 Academy Awards. Causing quite a stir on the red carpet, the young actress wore a simple pastel dress with a plunging neckline highlighting her delicate features.

Lauren Hutton

Hutton was in attendance to present the award for Best Feature Length Documentary but stole the show with her classic look that has inspired many a red carpet look since her appearance in 1975. We think her outfit is a winner. Do you?

Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland

A blonde Julia Roberts and her then-beau Kiefer Sutherland were the epitome of Hollywood glam as they rocked the red carpet at the Academy Awards in 1991. With the paparazzi begging for photos of the two, Julia and Kiefer were all smiles as they attended the event.

Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland

Attending for her nomination for her role in Pretty Woman, the actress ditched her red locks in favor of a short blonde hairdo, and the press loved it! It just goes to show that change can be a good thing, and in Julia’s case, it was a great choice.

Lily Collins

Now a famous actress in her own right, Lily Collins attended the Oscars in 2000 at the tender age of 11 on her father’s arm, singer Phil Collins. It would be a good few years before Lily made her acting debut, but this look remains a classic.

Lily Collins

Phil won Best Song that year for his hit “You’ll Be in My Heart”, a song he wrote and dedicated to his beloved daughter. He took her along to the event to show her off and celebrate his nomination and win that year.

River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton

A nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Danny Pope in 1988’s Running on Empty saw River Phoenix walk the red carpet of the Academy Awards in 1989. He was joined by his then-girlfriend Martha Plimpton.

River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton

A fairly young actor at the time, River was most known for his role in the 1986 movie Stand by Me, considered a cult classic. River tragically passed away in 1993, making pictures like this of him suited up even more rare and timeless.

Grace Kelly

Before becoming Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly was a young actress who turned heads for her beauty and fashion choices. Donning the now-legendery Edith Head creation, the actress walked the red carpet of the 1955 Academy Awards in style.

Grace Kelly

This appearance would be one of her last major red-carpet events as she married Monaco’s Prince Rainier only a year later, ending her brilliant film career. The actress passed away in 1982.

Anthony Hopkins and Charlotte Rampling

Better known to younger fans as the terrifying Hannibal Lecter, Anthony Hopkins was quite handsome in his younger years, as seen in this picture of the actor with Charlotte Rampling at the 1976 Oscars.

Anthony Hopkins and Charlotte Rampling

With a head full of hair, the actor donned a black tuxedo and bowtie as he attended the illustrious event at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Los Angeles Music Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise

This picture of Hollywood power couple Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise attending the Oscars in 2000 became iconic as it’s one of the last events the couple appeared in together before they announced their split in 2001.

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise

Wearing a beautiful gown, the actress stood tall beside her shorter husband, who chose a classic black tuxedo for the glitzy event. It shows that even Hollywood relationships are imperfect, as the pair hid their troubles with a smile.

Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams

Heath Ledger will always be remembered as one of Hollywood’s most tragically talented actors when he passed away suddenly in 2008. But, only a few years earlier, he made headlines for another reason: he attended the 2006 Academy Awards with Michelle Williams on his arm.

Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams

Dressed in a bright yellow frock with red lips, Michelle accompanied her then-boyfriend to the academy awards to celebrate his nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role performance in the controversial film Brokeback Mountain.

Jodie Foster

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Jodie Foster was only 14 when she made her red carpet debut at the Oscars in 1977. While considered a newcomer to the acting world, the actress presented herself with charm and grace.

Jodie Foster

Wearing a simple floral dress, you will be forgiven for thinking she was attending a school production as she was the picture of innocence while smiling for the cameras and waving at her fans. This photo of a young Jodie is now iconic, as she was the youngest nominee of that year.

Raquel Welch

Veteran actress Raquel Welch made her red carpet debut when she first attended the Oscars in 1978. The next year, she returned, sporting a glitzy sequin jumpsuit as she attended the glamorous event in Los Angeles in 1979.

Raquel Welch

Known for her beauty as much as for her acting talent, the young actress was a crowd favorite, drawing much interest from the scores of photographers and fans who lined the streets to get a glimpse of their beloved stars arriving at the Oscars.

Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston

We almost forgot that Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston used to date until we came across this vintage photograph of the couple looking cozy as they arrived together to the Academy Awards in 1975.

Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston

Looking fresh and in love, the couple walked the red carpet wearing stylish outfits, with Jack wearing a traditional black tuxedo and Anjelica draped in white silk. If ever there was an iconic vintage Oscars photo, this would be it.

Edy Williams

Edy Williams attended the 1974 Oscars at the height of her career. But, it wasn’t her impressive filmography that got people talking that night but rather her interesting choice of outfit for the big night.

Edy Williams

Ms. Williams turned more than a few heads when she walked the red carpet wearing nothing but a leopard-print two-piece bathing suit and a fur coat. Even more bizarre was her “accessory,” which came in the form of a Great Dane. Bizarre but iconic!

Sofia Coppola

Actress turned-filmmaker Sofia Coppola was only 20 years old when she walked the red carpet at the 1991 Academy Awards. Having recently wrapped up filming of the cult classic movie The Godfather, the actress strutted her stuff in a black dress.

Sofia Coppola

While Ms. Coppola’s outfit choice might not be everyone’s cup of tea, we find it stunning as it gives a bit of a twist on the more traditional “little black dress” featuring satin bows and other vintage features.

Denzel and Pauletta Washington

This photo is one of the best on our list, featuring a young Denzel Washington and his pregnant wife Pauletta on the red carpet at the 1991 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles. Back just a year after his first Oscar win for his role in the movie Glory, Washington and his wife make for a great Hollywood power couple.

Denzel and Pauletta Washington

Denzel Washington has enjoyed a successful film career, which he owes to his win in 1990, making him one of the few black actors to have won an Oscar. While the actor has only improved with age, we can’t help but drool over this photo of a young Denzel.

James Baskett and Ingrid Bergman

1948 was a big year for James Baskett as he received an Honorary Academy Award for his role in the classic film Song of the South. Pictured here receiving the award from actress Ingrid Bergman, Baskett made history when he received his award.

James Baskett and Ingrid Bergman

Baskett went on to star in several hit films. It was his honorary Academy Award, however, that got him truly noticed. After winning, directors and film studios fought to have him star in movies like One Hour in Wonderland and 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang. Baskett sadly passed away that same year, cutting short his promising career in film.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn became a household name worldwide as she won her first Oscar for her role in Roman Holiday in 1954. Aged only 24, the beautiful actress wowed everyone as she attended the glitzy awards ceremony in a pale floor-length ball gown.

Audrey Hepburn

This win would see Hepburn become a fan favorite as it sparked her now-illustrious career in the film industry, making her one of the most iconic actresses of all time with movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady under her belt.

Demi Moore

Demi Moore’s 1989 Oscar look inspired a new fashion trend when she attended the awards ceremony with then-husband Bruce Willis as her outfit combined a mini dress with a ball gown flair. Looking ever so beautiful in her unique black ensemble, critics talked about little else that night.

Demi Moore

There to present the award for Best Cinematography, the couple was a Hollywood favorite and had only been married for two short years when they appeared on the red carpet to deliver a pre-written bit. But, the dress gained them more attention than their performance.

Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand is a celebrity who often shies away from the flashing bulbs of photographers. She hates the attention that comes with fame. She only attended the 1997 Oscars to receive her award for Best Actress for her role in Fargo. We must say Frances looked oh-so glam in a blue dress.

Frances McDormand

While she probably would have been more comfortable receiving her award in absentia, the actress put on her biggest smile as she graciously accepted her Oscar and posed for a few photographs in a dress that caught the attention of many fans.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick

Hollywood power couple Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick flaunted their love on the red carpet at the 1993 Academy Awards. There to present the Oscar for Best Documentary, the couple looked nothing short of glamorous as they shared the limelight.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick

SJP wore a slinky metallic dress, while Matthew opted for a classic tuxedo, completing his look with a groomed beard. This couple was one to watch, and this picture has now become a vintage Oscar photo for which they will be remembered.

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have one of the longest relationships in the history of Hollywood. They were regularly photographed together at lavish red-carpet events, like this picture that was taken at the Oscars in 1999.

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell

Wearing an ice-blue satin dress, Goldie paired her look with glamorous sunglasses. She posed with her handsome beau on the red carpet. The two have never been married, but pictures like this prove that a piece of paper isn’t always required to make a relationship work.

Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston

Fans and attendees of the 1999 Oscars were in for a treat! Divas Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston teamed up for a performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at Los Angeles’s Music Center.

Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston

Both were snapped wearing classic white satin gowns. It’s difficult to choose who wore the best dress, making them both worthy of the title of the best-dressed star at the event. We wish we could have attended the Oscars to see this duo perform together.

Penelope Cruz

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz chose a silky blue Ralph Lauren dress for her red carpet walk during the 2000 Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The actress, wearing blue eyeshadow to match her dress, looked almost ethereal as she was photographed at the event.

Penelope Cruz

There to receive the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the actress looked the part of a Hollywood legend. During her walk on the red carpet, she smiled at the cameras and posed with her coveted figurine.

Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson was the epitome of a strong African-American woman throughout her many roles. Her 1977 Honorary Academy Award win would put her on the map as an actress, leading to many more roles in some of showbiz’s hottest movies.

Cicely Tyson

Her outfit choice for the 1977 awards ceremony was iconic! She walked the red carpet wearing a breathtaking white lace dress. It made her look like the classic actress she was. Sadly Cicely passed away in 2021, leaving behind an impressive legacy.

Diana Ross

Diana Ross took to the stage at the 1985 Academy Awards to perform Stevie Wonder’s hit song “I Just Called to Say I Love You”. She wore a sparkly gown and the big hairdo she’s most known for.

Diana Ross

Ever the glamorous diva, Diana wowed the audience as she sang her unique and now-iconic cover of Stevie’s song, adding a spin to the performance that had people dancing along in the aisles. And she looked great doing it!

Naomi Campbell

Supermodel Naomi Campbell proved herself worthy of her title when she attended the 1996 Academy Awards. She wore a draped white satin dress that made her look nothing short of ethereal. While her career has always been successful, much has been said about the model’s mood and temperament.

Naomi Campbell

But, we could almost forgive her for her wrongdoings as we take in the beauty and grace of one of the world’s most beautiful women. She rocked the red carpet like a pro. Campbell’s outfit is one of the more iconic Oscar looks.

Miyoshi Umeki

Miyoshi Umeki stood out at the 1957 Academy Awards for two reasons. The first was her courage to wear traditional Japanese clothes to a Hollywood event. To be honest, she absolutely dominated the red carpet that year.

Miyoshi Umeki

The second came when she became the first Asian actor to win an Oscar. She bagged the award for her hit movie Sayonara. Miyoshi wowed the audience, and the history books, as she walked the red carpet without a care in the world.

Miss Piggy

Kermit’s love interest, Miss Piggy, made her Oscar debut in 1980. Wearing a lavender-draped ensemble, everyone’s favorite muppet shared the stage with host Johnny Carson to lament that she had never been nominated for the coveted award.

Miss Piggy

While the muppets are no longer big news, they were hugely popular in the late ’70s and early ’80s, making Miss Piggy’s appearance a noteworthy event celebrating the popularity of the beloved franchise.

Cher

Cher has been known to wear some pretty crazy ensembles, but the outfit she wore to the Oscars in 1988 takes the cake. Sporting a barely-there dress that just covered her body, the singer and actress turned heads as she walked the red carpet.

Cher

Winning the award for Best Actress for her role in 1988’s Moonstruck, the star made quite a name for herself as she attended the lavish ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, making her the perfect candidate for our list of vintage Oscar looks that will always be remembered.