Saturday, 22 October 2011

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Pin curls and vintage beauty

I'm very happy with my new crop hairdo, but it does provoke occasional long hair-nostalgia. I've always been very fascinated by historical and vintage beauty, but I've never had much success with my hair as it's generally been too long to hold a proper curl. Last Christmas, however, I had to cut it to more of a midi-length, as my ends were bleached to death. With less hair to handle, I finally succeeded in creating a pin-curl do for our 40's-inspired summer ball.

Wet set pin-curls, when done properly, are by far the most persistent curl you can get: you can brush them out forcefully to create a smooth surface, but the curls won't budge until they get wet when you next wash your hair (rain should be avoided like the plague). The best information on how to do pin curls can be found in Lauren Rennells' book "Vintage Hairstyling", but there are loads of good tutorials on youtube - click here for one of them.

A word of warning: If you're a perfectionist like myself, making a full head of pin curls take time! It also takes practice, if you're planning it for a special occasion. In addition to creating the pin curls, they need about a whole day's time to dry completely! I would recommend doing the set in the evening so that you can sleep with it, and then put a nice flowery head-scarf on for the following day. A lot of time can be saved if you have a trusty friend who can do the set for you, as it's a lot easier to do it on someone else than on yourself.

For this particular hairdo I rolled all the pin curls in the same direction. Once dry, I brushed them out against my hand, pulled one side back with a side comb and hairsprayed like mad. Different styles can be achieved by alternating the direction, pivot point and tightness of the curl.

I used some makeup tips from Lauren Rennells' other book "Retro Makeup" to achieve a 40's look, and this blog tutorial to do the nails.

* I took the picture when I got home from the ball so it was all a bit slicker when I was fresh off the dressing table ;)

Winter's coming

When I walked home today, the air smelt like winter. Like late autumn/early winter I suppose ... it was so wonderful. The immense workload of Costume Production has come upon me once again and I'm already struggling to keep on top of everything. Classic .. story of my life, in fact. Monday was my 22nd birthday ... how old am I? I got lots of amazing presents and we did lovely things to celebrate. Good times.

I have loads of pictures lined up in my "ready for blog" folder. I just don't feel like posting any of them at the moment. Sometime soon, lots of randomness coming! FOR GODS SAKE STAY TUNED OR YOU'LL MISS OUT BIG TIME!

Hope you're all well.