I got my hair cut!!

I cut my hair!!

I did it!

I finally gathered up all the bits of courage I had laying around and stuffed them into my purse and got my hair cut.

Long story short, I have had MANY bad haircuts. A mixture of trusting new hairdressers and letting them do what they wanted or thought was best for me, as well as my own lack of knowledge when it came to styling my hair and therefore not being able to accurately describe what it was that I wanted.

So I let my hair grow and grow and grow. With minor trims here and there but never anything over the top. I think my last big hair cut was about 11yrs ago & that was THE worst cut. I eventually got over it and found a great local hairdresser who was responsible for my colour as well as the odd trims & layer cuts.

The BEFORE shot

Alex Middy Cut Before

My hair was looong!
Alex Middy Cut BEFORE

In the meantime I found my confidence and discovered I actually have some skillz when it comes to setting my hair in vintage styles. THEN I found the words to describe the cut I wanted THE MIDDY.

My life has changed. Amazing that one good or bad hairstyle can have such a huge impact on how you feel about yourself. Right now, I ROCK the world. I simply adore my hair and I will admit that I am incredibly pedantic when it comes to doing wet set pin curls and the stylist today wasn’t as precious I am and the curls are still amazing.

 

The AFTER shot!!!!! (so many exclamation marks…I must be happy!)

Alex Middy Cut AFTER

I am looking forward to trying all my different setting patterns that I have learnt over the years as well as seeing the difference between foam roller wet sets and pin curl wet sets. Either way, the next few weeks will be loads of fun.

I did insist that the front length still be long enough that I could continue doing victory rolls, faux bumper bangs as well as faux Bettie Page bangs, so my Middy may not be a ‘true’ Middy, it still suits my needs.

The colour – ahhh how great is covering all those grey hairs. My red is red. I asked for red and I got red, actually it’s a mix of two different reds (and pink based red & an orange based red) made by ‘Special Effects’. It’s vibrant and I am hoping I can stick to one wash a week to keep its vibrancy as long as possible.

For those who want to know I got my hair cut & coloured at Wildilocks in West Melbourne, VIC.
My black button down shirt is a Savers find
My 3/4 sleeve black cropped cardi an op shop find
My red & white polkadot circle skirt is hand made by ME!!
Vintage Pearls are a purchase from the ‘Round She Goes’ vintage market

Cheers

Alex

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!).

Vintage hair

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.

Suicide rolls

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.

Victory Rolls

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.

Bettie Page Bangs

My Vicious Venus dress. A very flattering dress.

Victory Rolls

 

Bettie Page Bangs

 

Bettie Page Faux Bangs

 

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

Hair rollers

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.

Victory rolls

 

Victory rolls

 

Rosie the Riveter

My Retrospec’d dress.

Victory rolls

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.

Vintage hair styling

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

1920s hairstyle

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

Rosie the Riveter

 

Suicide roll

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

Vintage curls

 

Bettie page faux bangs

My gorgeous Daughter & I.

Victory rolls

 

vintage hair

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

Vintage hair

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

 

Victory Rolls

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!

Victory rolls

 

foam hair rollers

Me wearing my very own handmade 1944 blouse.

Victory rolls

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

My hairstyle today

I forgot to set my hair in curlers last night so I have a slight natural wave happening today.

I decided to go with my faux Bettie Page bangs.

The first thing I do is use a tail comb to make a triangle shape. I have no fringe and my hair is long & layered throughout so almost anyone an achieve this style.

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Then I use a hair rat to roll my hair – not my real hair rat because it’s just not bulky enough to achieve what I want (oh and everyone thinks it’s gross. Ha). I also use good old Brylcreem that I purchase from the supermarket (look low down on the shelf, around the guys hair grooming section, Brylcreem is great for smoothing your hair and makes it so freakin shiny, but go easy because things can go greasy real quick!). Anyway, use the Brylcreem to smooth down any flyaways and start rolling your hair around the hair rat.

Once it’s all rolled up, you may need to fiddle with it a bit to get the hair all smooth and to the edges of the hair rat and then pin it down with bobby pins. I only use two and they are the long versions.

Long bobby pins, compared to normal length bobby pins.

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Here is the hair rat next to the bobby pins

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Bendy hair rat – this is made from those hair donuts that are used to make a hair bun. I picked this up real cheap from my local chemist and then cut it into two pieces and stitched them up. I will get around to making up another and taking step-by-step pics as my current hair rat is brown but my hair is coloured 2-3 shades off black so I am on the hunt for a black hair donut.

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Once it’s all rolled & pinned into place you need to spray it with hair spray – a good holding spray is all you need. It will take a bit of practice getting it right and pinning in properly. Some days I can achieve this look in under 5 mins. Today it took me at least 30mins and I had to section off more hair to be able to spread it over the hair rat.

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Finally, you can either pin a gorgeous flower in your hair, which I have done on many occasions or you can do what I have done and add a scarf. I have heaps of bandanas that I bought on ebay, the red one is my favourite!.

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Cheers Alexx