I've gotten quite a few emails from fellow women of color asking about vintage hairstyles and I never know how to answer them. I have curly hair myself. I straighten it sparingly - once or twice a year at most... and I really don't style my hair in a vintage fashion.
I recently straightened and did pin curls for a loose wave... check it out HERE. (also, this is the first picture of myself I've ever posted!).
I've seen plenty of YouTube tutorials about vintage hair (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & not a tutorial, but I love her look: see HERE and HERE) and they all seem swell, but I never got around to trying any. Victory rolls, faux bangs, pincurls, and marcelling.... I usually leave that stuff to the experts.
Which brings me to VV Brown. (I'm not trying to get you to go out and buy anything! I have to do some further listening, as I've only heard the one song, myself - "Shark in the Water"). This songstress from the UK has a unique look for sure, and she owns it! This isn't the first time we've seen faux bangs in pop music AT ALL (I don't know what it is about Lady Gaga and/or songs with the word PHONE in them that makes Beyonce channel Bettie Page), but VV's look is consistent. She also seems to have a penchant for vintage silhouettes - fitted bodices and a-line skirts.
So, if you have straight hair, the faux bang may be an easy way to try a vintage hairstyle and retain some modernity all at once.
I'll also have to throw Janelle Monae's name out there for vintage hair inspiration.