365 Days of Vintage Hair Styling

It’s a retrospective hair post!

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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”.

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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!).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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My Vicious Venus dress. A very flattering dress.

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Bettie Page Faux Bangs

 

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Below is the before shot – about to take out my foam rollers.

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This is during the brush out – my hair looked like so much fun so I had to take a pic.

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Wearing my Sourpuss Cherry cardi.

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Rosie the Riveter

My Retrospec’d dress.

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Below is my first trial of doing finger waves and I still can’t believe it worked first go.

Finger waves

 

Bettie Page Faux Bangs

A cold day at the snow and I was grateful for my 1960s vintage swing coat.

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Cute snowflake brooch.

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My 1920s finger waves with my fabulous vintage fur stole that I named Bernard.

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Below I had no makeup and a fab vintage necklace that I picked up from the ‘Round She Goes’ Market.

Rosie the Riveter

 

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This style below is a post visit to the hair salon to get my colour done.

Vintage curls

 

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My gorgeous Daughter & I.

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Wearing a gorgeous 1950s dress I picked up from Bess Georgette.

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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

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Red and white striped cropped jumper from ‘Friends of Couture’.

1940s hairstyle

Another amazing vintage cardi, this one has amazing flowers made out of beads.

1940s hairstyle

One of my favourite vintage reproduction dresses from Vicious Venus.

Bettie Page faux bangs

Faux pearl & hand sewn floral cardigan bought from a local vintage store.

Rosie the Riveter

 

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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!

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Me wearing my very own handmade 1944 blouse.

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On Halloween I wore black and green – a 1930-1940s vintage Swarovski & emerald green rhinestones necklace with my very overdone green eyeshadow.

Vintage Witch

 

Cheers

Alex

Winter rain and my hair

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Ahhh Melbourne in Winter. Today it’s raining and it’s cold – not freezing cold but still cold.

Rain and my hair are arch enemies. The second a teeny tiny drop of water hits my hair it transforms into a frizzy monster. No amount of anti-frizz product will help and I have found the only thing that stops it is a shizen load of hair spray.

Anyway. Not realising that it would be raining in Melbourne for eleventy billion years I decided 2 nights ago to wash & set my hair in rollers so I would have glamourous curls that would last me until the weekend, which by then they would have dropped but I would still have something that resembled a vintage hairstyle.

Ahhh No. The hair gods decided that wasn’t going to happen. Well the washing bit happened, the setting hair in rollers bit happened, the shite sleep at night because my hair was in rollers bit happened. The curls looking amazing when they were released from their curly prison bit happened but the moisture in the air combined with some walking in the rain (looking for coloured hairspray + kinder drop off) just killed my gorgeous curls. Anyway, it’s all good. I can work with a bit of a wave in my hair but it’s frustrating, given the amount of time & effort that goes into making my hair work.

 

So this is what I looked like when I woke up. HA!! Ok I brushed my teeth & put my face on THEN took a pic!!


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A top view – kinda of my sexy blue & pink rollers. The very top curl is a pin curl, otherwise I get a line running across that section of hair from the clampy bit of the hair roller.

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Eeeek, the bandana is off.

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Tools of the trade. Today I used my tail comb, paddle brush & good ol’ Brylcreem.

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Once I took out all the foam hair rollers, beautiful ringlets.
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These are the foam rollers I use. Having never used them before & wanting to know if I could actually use them I bought the cheapest foam rollers I could find. These are it! A pack of 6 for $2.00 at my local IGA. They were hanging on a rack with all the different little hair ties and accessories. I bought the pink set first and then returned & bought another 2 sets. Bargain. I will in the future invest in a hot roller set but for now these will do. Oh and the packaging…”Really Cool” lol.

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A side pic of my curls. They are so bouncy and cute. Very Shirley Temple!
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Then BAM the 80’s hit me face first! I use my fingers to separate the curls and yeah…this is what you get.

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Ahh, that’s better. Using the paddle brush I slowly slowly slowly start brushing my hair, I use my other hand to help control and fix the curl and this is what you get. This took a lot of brushing to get to this point and sometimes it looks hopeless but just keep going.

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Very movie star and I forgot to wear my glasses for that shot – no wonder there is more background then hair in the pic. LOL.

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And there you have it. I pinned a red flower into my hair, hoping to brighten a dull rainy day. If you look closely you can see my 1 carrot necklace. My son made me a necklace out of beads, one of those beads is a carrot, another is a tomato and other a lemon. Apparently I have to wear the necklace forever!

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Oh and note about my cardi. It’s old – unsure of it’s age, it has faux pearls stitched onto it as well as heaps of hand embroidered flowers. Bought from a local antique store for $30 (I think) it’s one of my favs – navy blue and very warm.

In the end I was happy with my set – I will admit that with my super thick hair my curls at the back didn’t quite set…too much hair in the roller and not enough drying time. I know for next time! I woke up this morning and meh hair so I did victory rolls – pics to come later.

 

Cheers

Alex