This week I have the results of hairstyle two, the Hedy Lamarr. I was somewhat dreading this one as it is a centre part and a look I have tried to avoid since starting out on my vintage journey years ago. Centre parts always remind me of the 70s - not a look I want to put with my hand knits and pearl earrings.
I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with the results of this as the week progressed. Especially as my hair is the opposite of Miss Lamarr's - blonde, fine and pin straight rather than thick, dark, curly and medium weight. Ho hum.
The set for this was a little more involved than for the previous do. The hair was first given as neat a centre parting as I could manage and then four stand up pin curls were rolled up and away from the forehead. Two rows of standing curls then went down each side of the face, rolled down and each pinned with a single bobby pin.
The back hair was set in two rows of flat pin curls, as if for a pageboy.
Here are the compulsory setting pictures, I look proper sulky in these. Well, it was bed time and I had to try to sleep with those darn side curls in.
The brush out was fairly simple as the end result, from looking at the picture, is a fairly sexy tousled do. Not overly "set" looking and thus very 50s. I literally just brushed it all through and let it sit where it would.
Monday: This was the brush out of the first attempt set pictured above. The one problem I did have is that the standing curls on the side got flattened somewhat as I slept and so there wasn't as much volume as I'd have liked.
Tuesday: Day two - and I just reset the same way, dry, with a little Boots Curl Creme. Of course, not being a wet set it came out softer but I think you can still see the basic structure of the set.
I ended up sticking the back up, as you can see. I was wearing an Edwardian jumper and it just didn't look right down.
I took a couple of days off setting as I was too late finishing exercising on Tuesday night to have time for it to dry. The next real set was Thursday night and worn to work on Friday. I cheated a little here and did the standing curls with rollers rather than pin curls and I have to say I much prefer the result. It helped as I did not flatten the curls as I slept and so they had the required volume and definition.
I can definitely see myself wearing this one again, I had a lot of compliments at work with this do.
Verdict: An easy set but, if planning to sleep on it, it is easier done with rollers than standing pin curls, especially on fine hair.
The next on the list is a very innocent looking pageboy, the June Allyson. I find pageboys rather difficult so am going to try and do this one every night this week.
Eek, best go stick my pin curls in.