How to Get Nicolita’s 40s Latin Glam Look

August 20, 2010

Nicolita has a signature style all her own. It’s her 40′s Latin glam look each season, that will transport you back to Cuba’s Golden Era. The signature look is a swooped bang, finger wave curls, bold red lip and flirty long lashes. There’s a lot of work that goes into creating this Classic beauty….especially her hypnotic curls.

Below are some helpful hints from to create your own Nicolita latin style.

1. Curl your hair with hot rollers. To create the smooth, sculpted look that was popular in the 1940s, straighten your hair first (if it’s not already straight). This will give you the smoothest (least frizzy) curls. After pulling out the hot rollers, brush them lightly. You want to soften the curls, but not separate them too much. Use hairspray. Do not scrunch. Don’t use mousse or gel, as it gives hair a wet look and hard or sticky texture.

2. Make pin curls. These can be tricky at first if you’re new to more involved hair styling. Pin-curls are a 1940′s staple, and are necessary for many 1930s and 1950s hairstyles as well.

  • Find a setting lotion that works well your hair type. This may take some trial and error, so be patient, ladies!
  • Start with washed hair, and let it air dry or blow dry so that it is still damp. It is most useful to put setting lotion into an atomizer (plus, lots more fun!) because it can be applied more evenly.
  • Comb through hair and part into sections. Sections of hair can be from ½ inch to 1½ inch thickness, depending on how thick your hair is, or how it reacts to curling. If you want a certain set, curl in the directions that it will need to go in the final style. If you want just the ends curled, start with the underneath sections of hair, and work up.
  • Wind the curl around your finger, making sure that the strand isn’t twisted in any manner that would disrupt the direction of the curl. Once the end is started, it is easier to roll up more.
  • For more wavy curls, roll pin curls in a spiral.
  • For more ringlet styles, remember to keep the curls uniform and make a little donut shape.
  • Pin with bobby pins (best for spiraled pin curls) or regular hair pins (better for pin curls that don’t lay as flat).
  • To make waves along the face, wave clips can be used, but these are hard to sleep in and best for use with hairdryers.
  • Avoid rolling ends too tightly, or they will be frizzy.
  • Despite the difficulty this may be to master, after only a few sets you should find it easier to do and take less and less time. Actually, this is a very low maintenance style because it can be done the night before, and only needs to be brushed out in the morning and dolled up with just a few pins. And sets like this can double up on evenings with a just a few more pins! A set can last from one to five days if kept up at night in a snood or scarf.

3. Make Victory rolls or side reverse rolls. Possibly one of the most recognizable looks of the 1940′s, and one of the most flattering looks, top reverse rolls are swept up away from the face, rolled and pinned toward the top of the head. Side reverse rolls are one of the most familiar of the 1940′s hairstyles. This style is popular on most women, because it is good for most face types and figures. To create them, roll a thick strand of hair into a circle and pin it down; it will take a lot of practice to achieve the desired look.

  • Women with round or wide faces benefit from the height of the hair, that elongates the face.
  • Women with oval faces will also look good with this hairstyle.
  • Women with narrow faces can style the rolls more outward than up, and will balance their features, but it may not work for all women of narrow faces.
  • Women with a good profile will look exceptionally well with side reverse rolls.
  • It can be a good look for women with glasses, so long as the frames aren’t so thick on the sides as to disrupt the flow of the hair up from the face, so wire glasses would look best.
  • Women who want a better balance between their figure and face will achieve a nice balance with this hairstyle. The hips, bust, and hairdo will all be in better proportion for curvier women, to heavier women.
  • Slender women should wear this style in a more petite manner with limited height and width, to keep proper proportions.

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Fit Guide and Suggested Styles

Do you hate when your bikini bottoms dig into your hips? Have no fear, Nicolita NO PINCH FIT Cuban Style Bottoms are here!!

Hola! I'm Nicolita owner & designer Nicole Di Rocco. In this video I'll show you why and how we created our signature Nicolita Bottom fit.

Nicolita has one-of-kind swimwear styles that are carefully designed to flatter your figure. Say goodbye to those ill-fitting bikini bottoms and say hello to comfort and fit!

Below are a few of our most popular styles that were designed with YOUR hips in mind.

Welcome to the Nicolita Fitting Room!

I want to help you find the Perfect Fit Nicolita Style. Below I have created a Nicolita Swimwear Fit guide to match your curves with our swimwear options and styles. If you still have questions of which bikini or one piece style would look best with your body shape just Call 866-NICOLITA (866-642-6548)  Email hola@mynicolita, or Skype me @mynicolita.     

Over the last 13 years since I started Nicolita in 2003, I have worked with a lot of Nicolita clients on selecting the perfect swimsuit for them. I'm the first to admit that wearing a bikini or one piece swimsuit can be challenging for the majority of us. Even if you have a rockin' body, there are certain styles that work better on certain body shapes.

But I am a strong believer that there is the perfect swimsuit out there for you. And we have gone ahead and picked out some styles that are flattering for you!

Larger cup sizes (D cup and up)

Women with larger cup sizes are primarily looking for 2 things when trying on swimwear: coverage and support. While going up a size in the top can provide more coverage, some styles just won’t provide the coverage and support you may be looking for. Look for styles with side boning and molded cups to give you the support and coverage you desire, without the pinching of an underwire!

For support and coverage, check out:
Maria Knotty Wrap Twist Top

Molded Push Up Bikini Top


Smaller Bust

Have a smaller bust and want to create the illusion of a bigger chest? Styles with details like ruffles and molded cups will add volume and create cleavage!

For adding volume to a smaller chest, check out:

Haute Dot Bow Tie Bikini Tube Top

Rumba Ruffles Triangle Halter


Broad Shoulders

If you’re looking to tone down the appearance of broad shoulders, look for one-shoulder and detailed tops which will draw attention away from wide set shoulders. Deep V necklines will keep the attention focused on your chest and the low cut back will make your shoulders appear more narrow.

To elongate the torso, check out:

Rumba Ruffles One Shoulder Top

Neon Bloom Deep V One Piece


Not So Curvy

Looking to add more curve to that backside? Look for bottoms with backside details like ruffles, shirring, or our signature knotty bottom. These details add more curve to your bottom and create a more shapely bum. 

To add curves to a not so curvy bottom, check out:

Rumba Ruffles Forgiven Bottom

Signature Knotty Bottom


Tummy Control

We all have those days we would rather cover our midsection. To conceal your midriff while flattering your other assets, look for styles that have shirring throughout the midsection to camouflage any insecurities.

For tummy control, check out:

Deep V One Piece With Shirring

Noche Cha Cha High-Waisted Bottoms


More Coverage Overall

Trying to keep your skin out of the sun, or just desire to be more covered? Look for styles that provide more coverage without sacrificing style, like high-neck tops, high-waist bottoms, and one pieces!

For more coverage, check out:

Gina High Neck One Piece

Retro High Waist Bottom