Rockabilly Hairstyles

Rock and roll never dies – and neither do iconic rockabilly hairstyles! Rockabilly was one of the earliest versions of rock and roll. This genre influenced both music and fashion. The result of this musical movement on hair? Adventurously rolled and pinned up styles!

This vintage look has experienced a major resurgence in popularity, especially for formal events and parties. With retro hairstyles more popular than ever, get ready to exude that vintage rock and roll spirit!

There are so many different rockabilly hairstyles to try. Whatever hair length you have, these styles can be adapted to work for you. Rockabilly hair is all about dramatic height, rolls, and pinned bangs.

Perhaps the most well known example of rockabilly hairstyles for women is the Betty Page look. Dita Von Tease continues to popularize this rockabilly style today. This look is all about the bangs! To achieve your own Betty Page hair, ask your stylist to cut your bangs into that famous “U” shape. The rest of your hair should fall into loose, sexy curls.


Another great rockabilly hairstyle is the pompadour. This style has the hair swept upward from the face and worn high over the forehead. Your hair should be brushed straight up and styled back so it creates a wave shape.  This style  is easiest to create if you have long bangs.

Get this vintage look by starting with day old hair. Tease the front sections and the sides of your hair. Pull the teased sections back and use a brush to create a swooped effect. This puffed up section of hair is your pompadour! Pin the hair in place securely.

If you have medium to long hair, style the rest of your hair into a low ponytail or bun. There are so many variations of this style, so find old pictures and get creative!

Make a statement with the quiff! The quiff hairstyle is a combination of the pompadour, the flattop, and a Mohawk. This style has tons of volume and height at the front of your hair and recedes into shorter hair at the back and sides of your head.

To create your own quiff updo, you will need mousse, hairspray, gel, and a comb. Start by working a generous portion of mousse through towel-dried hair. Blow-dry your hair straight with a round brush to create volume at the front. With your comb, tease the hair at the front of your head. Use gel to help keep the desired shape of your quiff and finish off the look by spraying with hairspray. Run gel over the sides of your head to keep the rest of your hair slicked down.

The best thing about the quiff, is how flattering it is! It makes you appear taller and your face appear smaller, making this the best rockabilly hairstyle for anyone with a round face shape.

This dramatic look has become especially popular with celebrities. Stars like Miley Cyrus, Pink, Rihanna, and Alicia Keys, have all been known to sport this short vintage style on the red carpet.


Take a classically cool look and make it new again with these fun rockabilly hairstyles. Leave a lasting impression with any of these stylish, vintage looks!