Ooo lah lah was invented in the 30s. Right? Right.
Before there were flat irons and blow dryers, women spent hours sculpting glamorous hairdo’s. These days we don’t have that kind of time (because we women have jobs and shit – yay feminism!) so I have come up with a semi-quick tutorial of how to achieve that vintage look without spending that vintage time. 😉
You will need:
– thermal protector
– blow dryer
– many tiny clips
– curling iron
First, you will want clean smooth hair. Prep by shampooing and conditioning as usual. I have very fine hair, so I skip the conditioner and spritz a little leave-in (Davines Dede Leave-in mist is THE BEST!) on damp towel-dryed hair. While your hair is damp, apply a heat-protector (I use Tresseme’s thermal spray -it’s cheap and works really well) and any other oils or potions you like to use. Blow dry – you know, tip your head, flip it from side to side, finger through until dry.
Now, for this next step you will need a curling iron (or flat iron, if you are good with curling techniques) and plenty of small clips.
Start by sectioning off your hair. You will want to make horizontal rows, so you can start by sectioning off your whole head (I think this is easiest and keeps everything nice and clean through out) or you can section as you go (you crazy person you.) Each section should be about 1-2″ wide. (Tip, the smaller your curling iron, the smaller the rows.)
The main idea is you are going to want to curl your hair, and then each section you curl will be “pin-curled” into a clip. (I like to spray more thermal protector on the ends for extra protection against the iron.) You do this by first curing a section of hair, the you take the tail of the curl and start winding it up to your head. secure the curl to your head with a clip. DONE! Now do this until you get to the top 2 rows.
In the back you will do pin curls all the way up, but the top and front will need more volume (va-va-vooom), so you will make what is called a barrel curl. This is when you roll the curl vertically instead of pressed to the head. Clip it like so.
I rolled mine forward because that seems to give me the most volume, but you can roll yours back.
This is how your hair should look. You should have “flat” pincurls on the sides and back of your head, and then towards the front and the top you should have barrel curls. This whole process with practice will take about 20 mins, but it might take you longer in the beginning.
Now spray with a good “working” hairspray (not your grandma’s stiff spray, something lighter, I use Rusk’s thickening spray) and wait. For the curls to really set, they need to cool. I like to turn on my AC (if it is not in the dead of winter) and stand under the vent for a quick blast. The cooling process should take 5-10 minutes tops. Under the AC, 2-3 minutes. Try and get out your bathroom if it is still humid from showering and steer clear of the kitchen if someone is cooking. This is a good time to do your make up if you are trying to save time.
OK, so it is time to remove the clips. Be careful, they can tangle easily. I like to start at the bottom and work my way up. Carefully brush your curls (yes, it will be ok, they are not going anywhere, I promise) and find the side part that best works for you. Time to tease! This is easy. You are going to use the same sections pretty much as you did for the curls. Take the top sections, one at a time, and hold straight up. Take your comb and place it 3-4 inches above your head. Now comb that shit down. Keep it going. Do this in the crown for volume or all over for VA-VOLUME. Lightly brush over the top and form your style. You will be surprised how easily your hair will just “fall into place” after teasing and curling. I like to form the hair to curl under in the back and then towards my face in the front. Your hair will tell you what to do (don’t hate me for saying that.)
That’s it! You’re a bombshell! Now go blow up somewhere. 🙂