There are few images more iconic and more recognizable than the Rosie the Riveter “We Can Do It” posters from the post-war era.
Over the years it has become not just a cultural phenomenon, but a symbol of feminism and beauty and strength.
Rosie’s rough and tumble beauty is easy to emulate, and her playful, bandanna-ed ‘do is great for lazy summer days or for a dressier function, like a bridal shower.
How To Do It
First you’ll want to find your bandanna or scarf. Just about anything will do.
If you do want to stay with the classic look there are bandannas available in a variety of colors and subtle changes, like skull prints and anchors, or cherries and leopard print.
Fold your scarf in half into a triangle, and then fold it a few times until you reach the desired width for your headband.
Start with dry hair that is preferably not freshly washed. Use either large hot rollers or pin curls with a curling iron.
Once the curls have cooled and set, let them down and break up the curls with your fingers. Give hair a spritz of a light hairspray, like Sebastian Shaper Spray.
The front of the hair can be worn a number of different ways. If you have bangs that you’d like to keep down, go for it.
If your bangs are long enough, a single victory roll or even an easy pompadour will keep hair off your face and give you that retro flair, or very long bangs can even be rolled under into a faux Bettie Page bang.
Grab the bit of hair directly behind the bang portion of your hair, and give it a little backcombing.
This will give your hair a little boost of height behind the knot of your Rosie scarf.
Then grab the top half of your hair and loosely bobby pin it back, being careful not to smoosh your carefully crafted curls.
Do the same with the lower half of your hair, but give the base a little twist to smooth hair up and away from the nape of the neck.
Spray a bit of firm hold hairspray on your fingertips and then run over the sides of hair to smooth down flyaways.