Friday, February 15, 2019

Rosa Parks Vintage Inspired Hairstyle Tutorial (1950's / 1960's)

In my time of doing vintage hair styling of historical figures and celebrities, I have always had a deep interest in doing a vintage style inspired by Rosa Parks! This is a perfect tutorial for those who are cast as Rosa Parks for a stage play, movie or reenactment show - or if you just love Rosa Parks.

Rosa Parks Vintage Inspired Hairstyle

Well....before I dive into a brief history lesson about Rosa Parks, let's learn more about this vintage inspired hair style...

Instead of doing a traditional 1950's pageboy, I decided to roll the the backwards instead to give it a strong rolled look. If you have a rolling tool that would be helpful too!

As I mentioned in the video below, I'm not a huge fan of veil netting that is attached to vintage hats. I don't mind them peeking from the top area, just not over the face. The items needed are mentioned in the video. Go ahead and click play below to learn how to do this hairstyle step-by-step.

You don't necessarily need a vintage hat - it's okay if you don't have one. But it does give the hairstyle the perfect 1950's look. You can easily find a homemade vintage cocktail hat at a vintage flea market or expo event or even online. Be sure it's 1950's style if possible.

I hope you enjoy this vintage inspired hairstyle! Thanks for watching.

What You'll Need:

- Sponge rollers or curling iron (for creating random curls)
- Pomade or hair oil
- Small and large bobby pins
- Rat tail comb
- Vintage cocktail style hat (preferably 1950's style)
- Curl holding spray
- Gel for edges (if applicable) 

Who Was Rosa Parks?

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks - born February 4th 1913 in Tuskagee, Alabama - was an activist in the
Civil Rights Movement best known in the role of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She's known as "the first lady of civil rights". After refusing to give up her seat for a White passenger on the bus, Rosa Parks was charged with a violation of Chapter 6, Section 11 segregation law of the Montgomery City  code, although she was in the "colored" section.

Although Rosa Parks was a champion in the Civil Rights Movement, not many Americans learn the other side of history that was hidden - nine months earlier, Claudette Colvin did the same exact thing. She refused to give up her seat to a White passenger. She was only fifteen years old. She was also pregnant. Because she was a pregnant teen, the media and Black leaders decided not to cover her story as much, as teen pregnancy was looked down upon during this time period.

Claudette Colvin's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement was largely forgotten. She usually sites the reasons as Parks was an adult and she was a minor. Parks was light-skinned and Colvin was darker toned. Colvin was from a poor neighborhood and Parks was from a middle class family (Women's History). 

Claudette Colvin as a teenager

Both Parks and Colvin can teach us the hidden side of history. Many people acknowledge this part of Black History, without fully understanding how Black history prior to the Civil Rights Movement still impacts Black economics and family structure today. This includes Jim Crow era and the Segregation Laws. I'm aware how the Civil Rights Movement was suitable for Blacks during this time period for the need of equality, but it still has some remaining holes to fill on how Black economics is still absent today.

Works Cited (Women's History) Blattman, Elissa. "The Girl Who Acted Before Rosa Parks." National Women's History Museum, 17 Feb. 2017,

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