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There's nothing that screams old Hollywood glamour more than vintage style tight curls. Made infamous by star pinup queens like Marilyn Monroe, this classic style is all about sleek curls with volume at the roots. You can use rollers to achieve the same look yourself right at home, as long as you use the right styling techniques to do it.
Shampoo and condition your hair, then blow dry using a round brush, lifting the hair around the crown area of your head until your hair is completely dry. This gives you that big boost of volume that's so important for the style. For vintage Hollywood hair, you want sleek, shiny locks, not dry and damaged hair.
Heat a set of medium-sized hot rollers. For a Marilyn-esque '50s Hollywood glam and classic look, you want small to medium-sized rollers and you're going to be using quite a few of them. Most hot roller sets have a handy indicator light which shows you when the rollers are heated up the set temperature, so it's easy to tell when they're ready to use.
Use the teeth on a fine-toothed comb to pick up a 2-inch section of hair at the top front of your head. Try to keep it centered in the middle of your head and comb through the hair to smooth it and get rid of any part.
Place one of the heated rollers at the end of this section of hair, on one side, and wind the roller down the length of your hair, keeping your hair even around the roller as you do. Make sure the hair doesn't slip off either side of the roller as you wind it; this will make for a messy curl when you take it out later.
Wind the roller all the way up to the base of your head and secure in place with a clip. You want the entire length of the hair wrapped around the roller to ensure the most body and lift. Add more rollers around the rest of your head, working with same size sections of hair.
Let the rollers cool -- this usually takes around 20 minutes -- and remove them from your hair. Take one out at a time by removing the clip and gently unwinding the hair without pulling or tugging on it. You want these spiral curls to stay tight and sleek. For longer hair -- past shoulder-length -- break up the curls near the top of your head and keep the most curl focused around just the bottom of your hair for an authentic vintage Hollywood style.
Lift the front section of hair up and tease it slightly underneath. Flip it over to the left or right side and spritz with some hair spray to set. Use the end of your fine-toothed comb to gently work through the curls and arrange them, focusing on loosening up the top bits of hair at the roots and keeping the ends super curly. Hair spray over your curls again -- be quite generous with the spray here; you want those curls to stay in place but not be as hard as a rock -- and you've got vintage Hollywood glamour.
If you'd rather avoid using hot rollers, you can use Velcro or other no-heat rollers and put them in the same way, only when your hair is still damp. Wait until your hair is completely dry, then remove the rollers.