It’s a retrospective hair post!
I have been quietly celebrating a small achievement of mine. As of the 6th October 2013 I officially wore my hair in a vintage style everyday for 365 days. YUP!! 12 whole months, 365 days of styling my hair with a vintage style. Some styles have been fairly elaborate and have taken me a few goes to get right. Some styles take me less than 5 minutes to do and have people saying “you must spend so much time doing your hair”.
Even the days that I spent vomiting with gastro and had endless showers and laying in bed convinced that I was dying, I STILL managed to have some form of a vintage style (so grateful that day that it was my Bettie Page faux bangs!).
I do this for me. I do these hairstyles because I like them. I do them because sometimes it really is a bit of a challenge and I do them because up until about 2 years ago I had no idea how to style my hair in the cool styles I do now. My vintage repertoire consisted only of a girls version of a pompadour – a style that I have been using since I was about 14yrs old.
So if you want to try a new hairstyle or do something different to your hair. Make yourself a drink, get onto YouTube and search for hairstyles that interest you. Watch a tutorial, get the tools you need and get into the bathroom and try it.
I still have a long way to go and so much more to learn and will eventually have to bite the bullet and go all the way and have a Middy Cut done – I love my long hair but wet set pin curls or foam rollers take forever and my hair is thick so I need eleventy billion years to get it totally dry.
It’s amazing how many people acknowledge my hair or the clothes I wear. I receive a compliment from a complete stranger at least once a week, which as you can imagine is an amazing boost to your confidence. People always smile at me and are always keen to stop me to have a chat. I also get recognised immediately – whereas years ago people could never remember if they had met me before. There is no mistaking now!!
Anyway…some pics that I managed to take of my hair over the past 12 months.
My gorgeous Son and I – I’m wearing one of my Hell Bunny dresses.
My Vicious Venus dress. A very flattering dress.
Below is the before shot – about to take out my foam rollers.
This is during the brush out – my hair looked like so much fun so I had to take a pic.
Wearing my Sourpuss Cherry cardi.
My Retrospec’d dress.
Below is my first trial of doing finger waves and I still can’t believe it worked first go.
A cold day at the snow and I was grateful for my 1960s vintage swing coat.
Cute snowflake brooch.
My 1920s finger waves with my fabulous vintage fur stole that I named Bernard.
Below I had no makeup and a fab vintage necklace that I picked up from the ‘Round She Goes’ Market.
This style below is a post visit to the hair salon to get my colour done.
My gorgeous Daughter & I.
Wearing a gorgeous 1950s dress I picked up from Bess Georgette.
I have an obsession with cardigans, this pink sequinned cardi is one of my favs but it’s very fragile so it’s not worn anymore
Red and white striped cropped jumper from ‘Friends of Couture’.
Another amazing vintage cardi, this one has amazing flowers made out of beads.
One of my favourite vintage reproduction dresses from Vicious Venus.
Faux pearl & hand sewn floral cardigan bought from a local vintage store.
This cropped 3/4 sleeve 1950s sequinned jacket has been in my wardrobe for 2yrs, waiting for the right moment to be worn. I adore this jacket!
Me wearing my very own handmade 1944 blouse.
On Halloween I wore black and green – a 1930-1940s vintage Swarovski & emerald green rhinestones necklace with my very overdone green eyeshadow.