Modern Pageboy – A Vintage Hairstyle Tutorial

Vintage Black Gown Colin Cole - Miss Charlotte Cake

My go-to hairstyle these days are long and shorter versions of the classic 40’s pageboy.

I just create different versions of it as my hair gets longer and longer. Sometimes I style my pageboy half down and half up styling the top section into a curly poodle or victory rolls. It’s a wonderful hairstyle to master because so many other beautiful styles can branch off it.  

Betty Grable had great hair, she’s always one of my hairstyle inspirations and she had some great pageboys. Here’s a great example of that gorgeous, voluminous pageboy style with two victory rolls on top. 

Pageboy Hairstyle - Miss Charlotte Cake

Once my hair gets to the point of being too long to keep the curls in nicely, it gets chopped off and I start again. It’s easy, sleek, and looks so good with shiny black hair. It’s my favourite hairstyle ever so I thought it would be a good idea to create this YouTube video below showing how I make a very simple pageboy look.  

Tools I used to create this look:

  • Bobby pins
  • Sectioning clips
  • Pintail Comb
  • Bristle brush
  • Moroccan Oil Hairspray
  • Layrite pomade and grooming spray

My tips for a successful pageboy:

  • Pin curl your sections neatly curling each section towards the face
  • Leave your pin-curls in for as long as you can, preferably overnight. Once you’re ready to brush-out, double-check that every pin-curl is bone dry
  • Always brush the hair ends under.

In my boudoir, I actually have my vanity, where I do my hair and makeup. I also have a mirror set up behind me on my wardrobe door, it’s hanging in the right place so that I can easily see the back of my head. This has been an absolute saviour for creating nice neat styles from the front, to the back. It’s really hard otherwise to see what I’m doing at the back of my style and it’s frustrating once my arms get sore. I would highly recommend it! 

Another tip when backcombing your own hair (especially the back lower section) for this style is to remove bobby pins from your pin curls one by one. Take one out, backcomb it, then start again on the next one. Then you will always know where you’re up to and your backcombing will be nice and uniform.

Granted I wanted to show that it’s achievable even for the time poor but I hope you like it!

Please let me know if you have any further questions or comments either below, or on my channel. 

Thanks for watching, and remember to subscribe to my Miss Charlotte Cake YouTube channel


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