Ashley of Hollywood Noir Makeup wearing a classic Brigitte Bardot hairstyle

Recreating Brigitte Bardot’s signature look, is a relativly easy vintage hairstyle that exudes a natural, yet effortless sex appeal. The charm behind Brigitte’s style is that it doesn’t have to be perfectly polished. Brigitte’s hair often looked as if she had just rolled out of bed  which is still a style heavily prevalent among modern starlets and fashion magazines today.

I find this particular style is easily modified by altering the amount of volume, but either way it manages to transcend time and not look overly dated. A lot of you asked for me to re-do this tutorial in HD, so I decided to implement an additional Bardot hairstyle, as to not completely repeat myself. I find that this style works perfectly for a wedding or formal event, a night on the town, or even a stylish alternative for work. One of the best aspects about this hairstyle is that it looks even better on slightly dirty hair. It’s all about using the existing texture and wayward locks to your advantage!

Hair Prep

  •  Start by liberally applying a flat iron spray all over your hair before styling.
  • Take a rat tail comb and part your hair on the side.
  • Leave your bangs or front layers in place and use the comb to brush your hair back, starting from the crown section.
  • If you have trouble maintaining volume, add a dry shampoo to your roots before styling to add texture.

How to Create Bardot’s Signature Hairstyle

  • To begin the look, seperate a 1-2 inch section of hair.
  • Using a slim flat iron, clamp the iron half way down the section and twist backwards, always remembering to release the grip on the iron as you move continuously down to the end of your hair.
  • Run the flat iron through each section for 5-10 seconds to create a loose curl.
  • Once your hair is completely curled, take a wide section of hair at your crown and grip it at the ends, to hold it completely upright.
  • Place the rat tail comb midway down the back of your section and brush down towards the scalp. Be sure to lift the comb out of the hair each time.
  • Continue to brush down towards the scalp to tease the base for added volume.
  • Once the first section has been teased, flip it over so you can begin on the next section.
  • Repeat this process three times until you have three layers of fairly wide, teased sections.
  • To even out the beehive shape, tease the two sides adjacent to the crown section.
  • To lock the volume in place, spritz a strong hold hairspray behind each section on the area you have teased.
  • Smooth everything over by gently running the brush over the tease, being careful not to remove it.
  • Seperate your curls by running a comb or brush softly through the ends of your hair. You can also use your fingers to do this.
  • Take a wide headband or piece of fabric and place it close to your hairline for that added 60s look.
  • To create the signature half ponytail beehive, remove the band and collect the top portion of your hair in your hands, leaving your bangs or front portion of your hair as is.
  • Twist one piece over the other and place 3-4 bobby pins at the base, making sure to disguise them by inserting them within the twist.
  • Smooth over any stray hairs and spray into place.
Products Used

If you want to know how I recreated Bardot’s signature make up look, you can find a video tutorial for it here.

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