Wednesday, 21 September 2011

1940s Vintage hair

Image's from Retro Ways

I'm the kind of girl that likes quick and easy hair, I usually leave my hair to dry naturally so it waves and I occasionally put it up in a bun or milk maid braids now and then. This year many designers seem to have been inspired by 1940s rolls for their catwalk shows. I'm liking the modern take on 40s hair up, the styling is more subtle and it looks a little easier to achieve. For me this is still going to be a challenge but I think I will give it a go soon. If anyone knows any good tutorials please send me a link!

                               Zac Posen                         Louis Vuitton
                          Preen                                              Yves Saint Laurent


  1. I feel like our generation is missing out on having mad hair skills. All old ladies are INCREDIBLE at styling hair and can often do things that even hair stylists can't do. Part of me wishes that everyone still got made up for everything all the time. Then I wouldn't confuse lazy people with hobos. You've inspired me to try these hair styles for no apparent reason, just because I too wish to have mad hair skill like our grandmothers before us. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Katherine I totally agree. Our generation needs to start learning or it will be lost! I love the idea of getting made up all the time...more minutes in the day please!!

  3. i agree with katherine as well.
    i wish someone would have taught me how to do vintage hairstyles bc i have no clue. my grandmother curls her hair and dresses nicely every morning before she has breakfast. wish more people still did this. (me included.)

  4. very good article that reminds me grabbing a few months to buysome very good products online at and I camequickly and without problems

  5. I've been doing this about a year now, at least once a week and I'm getting fairly good, quick and have some good experiences. It started when I did a pinup girl costume for halloween '10. What a hit! I think it took me two plus hrs to do my hair. Now, I can set my pin curls in a few mins the night before or early morning of. Id like to pass a few hints as they are not easy to find and I learned trial and error and patience.

    My hair is thick and long. I wash and set usually the night before. This gives the pincurls hrs to thoroughly dry. First, have plenty bobby pins. Have some sort of product to put in your hair too. I actually use garnier leave in conditioner. So wash, comb through a good amount of conditioner. Brush after. Then divide your hair into about one inch sections as you go.I add a bit more conditioner to the sections to make sure they got a coat of product before I roll. Make sure the hair is smooth. Hold the hair out away fr head at about 45 degree angle and begin rolling. To do this, use your fingers to make a circle from bottom up and around. Continue rolling the circle up the length of hair till you're about an inch or two from the head. When laying the curl to the head, be sure not to twist the curl around the wrong way, set it back against the head,hold with one hand and pin with the other. Ea. Curl gets one pin. When you first start trying to make your curls, you will probably mess up a lot, lose the curl, lose stray hairs, drop it...arms get tired! Lol. I start with a section at the top where bangs are, then down to the section in front of my ear, and then around the back of my head. It can actually look cute, a head ful of pin curls, especially if you layer them a little on top of ea. Other as you go around. Neatness is hugely important to good curls the next day. I sleep in my wet curls. Next morn. I remove the pins one at a time and apply a bit of conditioner along the now beautiful curl for shine and to control frizz or strays. Brush the section, but add the product and quciky wrap the curl around your fingers to remold the curl. Then do the next one and the next till you've released all the curls. For most styles, you'll want your curls prepped like that. Usually, I won't use my brush after that. Run your fingers through the hair. Not too much though. Usually I just release around and nearest the scalp and don't run to far down the length of my hair, trying to leave my curls in place. Any disturbed curls, reset. Now, pull back on one or both sides and pin as you think is pretty. You might even repin a couple of pin curls back at the top crown area to really make it look retro.

    I have a few do's that I have played with and gotten good with and really, its a pretty fast morning for me now with something that looks like I went to a salon. I strrongly believe the curl will last if you set when wet the night before with a conditoner. I really don't use any gel or hairspray, it stays. If I reset pin curls at night, I can get another day of fab curls. The second night I do not wash it, just recapture the curls and reroll them and pin back to the head aggain.

    My hair looks great when I do it. I get countless compliments each day. They say they love the classic look. Men absolutely love it, there's no denying that. And even women seem to greatly admire it. I don't dress in 40s style, I'm not rockabilly but I do love the look. I take tips in simple makeup, good lashes and a great red toned lipstick takes the look, the clothes don't really have to match the style. I have had fun with a few jewled hairbands and floral/feather pins for a dressier look at times. I hope all this helps for those wanting to try. Remember, I worked so hard my first time (but I did try the victory roll that day...successfully. I did not describe that curl here btw.) And now, I can set my entire head in minutes. Oh, and I am not a hair stylist! Just a girl who loves the 40s hair, makeup and music.

  6. Great post and great comments! I agree - I was taught to do hair by some great classic hairdressers and I am consistently disappointed by styling classes. No one knows how to do directional hair any more! I will take the fabulous blue hairs as clients any day!
    I hope your post goes viral and all these younger stylisst get a look at it!

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