Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Hair today... gone tomorrow

As a vintage "enthusiast", hair styles can play a major part in getting the right look whether it be forties, fifties or whatever era you chose to follow because if this isn't done to a certain standard it can ruin an outfit and I think there is nothing worse then a lady looking gorgeous in a vintage frock but having awful styled hair, you may or may not agree but I think it is something that has to look right and you know, I'm one of these ladies that struggle with getting her hair to look "authentic".
Recently at Hemsby 46  I decided that I would change this by getting my hair styled by the wonderful gal's from Lipstick & Curls, when I asked what I wanted, I just blurted out "umm like the 50s pin curl style??" for a start 1. that is really awful English but that is the manner in which I speak and 2. How would they ever know what I meant?  But luckily they did and I had a hair style that looked so nice, was done in a matter of minutes and actually looked authentic!
This isn't a very clear image I know but you do get to see my nice dress  though, but
you get the idea!

I've tried pin curling before and I've still not got the hang of it with a few times turning out to be a mini afro!
I also find it quite time consuming and will only really give it a go if I'm feeling brave!

This was a successful Pin curl story! I've still yet to have another one!  Unfortunately you can not see it all because of the angle but I still remember it like it was yesterday because it brushed into place so well and like I said, I've yet to do it again!
 Recently I've managed to figure out how to do victory rolls which I didn't realise how easy they are once you know!! I have had a lot of arm ache trying to perfect them though! So ladies if you are looking to do rolls prepare yourself to gain some upper arm strength! (unfortunately I have no pictures of my attempts but I'm sure you'll see some soon enough!). I do intend on using this style more often for photo shoots because it is quick and easy and looks the part! 

But to be honest I'm not one of these girls that can sit at home and practise until the cows come home, I really wish I was but I've got the shortest attention span ever! So how am I ever going to learn?
There is also the decision on whether to keep my hair short or to grow it, I have found in practise my hair is so much easier to style when its shorter but I tend to miss having long hair which I haven't had for a few years now but I do not have the patience to grow it and usually end up going for the chop but if I keep it short  I would love nothing more then to be able to style my hair like this

The beautiful Rosemary Clooney, Ohh I love her! How did they do this hair? Pin curls?
I'm always a bit wary of brushing my curls out just in case all of my hard work goes to waste but I think brushing it out could be the key!

But then if I was to grow my hair I would love it to look like this

This image of Jane Russel looks huuuugely edited! but the hair is whats important! She had a pretty long mane so if I was to grow my hair I think it would take even longer to style then it does now and that's a pretty long while... oh what is a girl to do!

Changing the subject ever so slightly I have noticed how women's "vintage hairstyles" have changed over the past 20 years, ladies on the rockin scene all had very similar styles during the 1980s with rather massive curled fringes and pony tails where as today ladies are going for rolls then anything else, I like to do this with my fringe, by using tongs or heated rollers, curling my fringe can be done in a matter of minutes but I don't understand where this look came from because I've never seen many women in the 50s with this style so how  did it come about?

I'm hoping I may give myself a kick up the backside at some point soon and try teach myself some new styles, because there are some great styles out there that I really want to give a go so I might just head over to YouTube and see what it has got to offer! If not I guess there's always companies such as Lipstick an Curls for my hair dilemma's but I'm not always going to have the money to have my hair styled to such a high level and they wont be with me on a day to day basis, so I've got no choice but to get practising! Because frankly I'm quite sick of having sausage looking curls!
Until Next Time
Toodle Pip


  1. Lovely :) Could you give any tips on doing victory rolls? Mine always go wrong! x

  2. Did you manage to find my post on victory rolls? Hope it helped :) x