Fact: Vintage hairstyling is a very complicated art and it has many age old rules. I do not claim to be an expert on historically accurate hairstyling techniques. However, I love to make complicated looking vintage-inspired hairstyles wearable and easy to do for a first time hair DIYer. We may break some rules and cut some corners but dammit our hair is gonna look good;)
Wish you had some vintage hairstyling tools? here is all you need tool-wise to get started……
It is called the Lava Flo Pin Up Girl Kit
This hairstyle just slays me. Before I chopped my hair, I stumbled upon this super easy fake Victory Roll, and found that I could do it in less than one minute. It became my go-to dirty hair style for when I didn’t want to wear my hair down on the 4th day in between ShamPHree-in’
Remember the Victory Roll tutorial from a few years back? This is similar, but a little more of a futuristic take on the look. I love that even though my hair is shorter now, I can still do this ‘do. If you want to achieve this hairstyle on shorter hair, you just need to have longer hair in the front than the back. I will share my shortie version soon:)
Here it is, y’all.
The Lazy Girl Vintage Roll
So as always, starting out with a misting of texture spray is a good idea to help control this roll and make it stay.
Start by sectioning off the top of the head, from above each ear across the back.
Take the entire top section, and twist it upward like you are going to do a quick french twist.
Continue twisting as you pull the twist forward.
Begin to wrap the ends of the twist into a bun on the top of your head. You don’t want it to be too tight, because you want it to be a large-ish bun that looks more like a roll. To get the roll effect, push the bun into the base of the twist , and gently pull out on the edges so that the bun is set back inside a bit.
Pin the bun into place. Use as many pins as you need to, but be discreet with them. Here is a ‘pin a bun’ tutorial:)
For extra sassy results, do this hairstyle on hair that has been pin-curled!
Hey babes. How are you all doing? I am good, just sippin’ green tea when all I really want is coffee. And thinking about easy hairstyles that are great for wintertime and cozy sweaters, sitting in front of a fireplace with a little cup of cocoa, or maybe coffee. Or possibly even a toddy of some sort. And I’m imagining that it is New Years Day.
This hairstyle comes to mind……..A 5 step little flip and roll, for hair that is shoulder length an longer. This hairstyle is neat and tidy and simple and lovely, try it next time you throw on your coziest sweater.
I can’t personally get enough of these sorts of these Scandinavian sweaters. I hit the mother load of them while cleaning out my dads closet this past year, and I’m thrilled to finally get to wear them, by the way. And paired with the hair, I get a bit of a 60’s in Aspen vibe. It’s good. It’s actually great, I think.
Start with 2nd or third day hair. Spray in some texture spray if your hair is slippery and doesn’t want to stay put.
Brush all your hair into a low ponytail. Secure with a hair band.
Open up a hole in the base of your ponytail, just above the band.
Flip the ponytail up and through the hole, and pull it out the bottom.
Now take the end of the ponytail and roll them up and around your pointer finger of your dominant hand. Catch the very ends with the other pointer, and begin to roll the hair up towards the scalp with your fingers.
Use 2 large bobby pins to pin the roll into the hair from each side, into the roll, securing it to the head.
Hi darlings. What do you think of this little number? I am so into this hairstyle on Rain’s turquoise hair. Not only is the color so perfectly mod but the classic bee-hived French roll just couldn’t be cuter. Not to mention her uber-modern euro hairy blue pits, right???? ( Pit-hair dying post coming soon;)
I realize that I have been focusing on tutorials for longer hair lately, but for all you shorter and medium-lengthed peeps…..I am here to tell ya that the next couple months on HTHG are dedicated to your hair and how to style it. And who better to teach you than medium-length haired me!
The Euro-Hive is the first of several easy twist and pin hairstyles to rock this fall. It is a great 2nd or 3rd day hairstyle to bring some glam to your lazy-girl hair. All you need to do it is a couple of bobby pins and some sea-salt texture spray.
I have come to discover that the key to good DIY hairstyles that last is salt spray, and I have used all of them. I finally formulated my own sea-salt texture spray just how I like it, with extra salt for texture, aloe vera for moisture, and green tea extract for grip…..and you can now purchase it here from the ShamPHree product shop! Put it in your styling kit with your boar bristle brush, comb, and large and small bobby pins and that’s basically all you need for great daily DIY hair.
Before you style your hair, spritz your sea-salt spray liberally into your dry hair. Spray it from at least a foot away from your head so you get a nice light dusting, then flip your head upside down and shake it out, working through it with your fingers. Let it set for a couple minutes before you start styling.
Begin by following the above directions for applying your texture spray. Then with your boar-bristle brush, work through the crown of your head, gently back-combing the hair and ratting it up a bit.
Now take the entire top of your head/crown of the head section of hair in one hand, and smooth over the top of it, and twist the ends, creating the hive (poof!)
Now take the all the rest of your hair in one hand, and twist them while pulling them upwards into a roll against the head. Where the roll meets the pinned hive, fold the hair ends over, and tuck them down behind the roll.
Pin the roll into place, hiding the ends. Use as many bobby pins as you need to to secure the roll and ends against the head. Now pull down your lady-parts around your face.
I think that this hair-do would look super smart all dressed up with a cute little headband or vintage brooch or comb or fascinator to top it off.
Long time coming on this post, considering that I have been giving rag curls to anyone who will let me all Summer long. Now It is time for me to impart my tried and true DIY rag curl technique to you all, in the simplest terms possible.
The thing that I really love about rag curls is that people have been doing them for centuries as a way to set straight hair in curls without curlers or heat or really anything but a comb and an old rag. They are easy to do and depending on how you do them, you can achieve anything from Greta Garbo to Veronica Lake to Lucille Ball looking curls without frying your hair.
They are also excellent for lazy-hair people and kids because all you have to do is throw em in your damp hair, sleep comfortably (Without big rollers or poke-y pins) and brush them out in the morning for curls that will literally last weeks if you want them to.
A couple years back I made a video tutorial of rag curlson my daughter Marley, before I had experimented much with them. Marley has that kind of fine hair that ‘won’t hold a curl’ but by golly her hair will hold a rag curl. Here is more on why no-heat curls are so great for that slippery fine ‘won’t hold a curl’ hair. ( Here is a hint…..It is science!)
The other day, I went to the river with Nikki and my daughters for a day of swimming and a sleepover in her mountain cabin. That night, we drank wine and put curls in our river-damp hair. I rag curled mine, and she twist-bun curled hers (twist-bun tutorial coming soon!)
In the morning, I woke up with purple teeth and a head full of springy wild curls that I wore all day the next day. I even jumped in the river again, head fully under water. My hair dried and the curls were still in full effect. Not sure how that is possible but apparently in is.
Rag Curl Tutorial
Get an old rag or towel and cut or tear it into strips length wise. They should be at least 3 inches wide and 9 inches long. You will need 6 of them.
Start by dampening your hair with a spray bottle, or let it dry half-way after wetting it fully. I recommend using a sea salt setting spray the give the hair some extra texture if you have curl-resistant hair…It will help you keep the curl even longer!
Part your hair down the center, all the way back. Take your comb and make a parting from the top of the head, straight down to behind one ear.
Comb all the hair in that first section straight down, and grip the ends tightly.
Take a rag and center it right over the ends of the hair. Begin rolling the ends around the rag, making sure to secure them down. The trick is to roll them around once, then roll right over them again so that they are rolled in tightly.
Keep rolling the hair around the rag until you can’t roll any farther. Now, take the ends of the rag and tie them together once to secure the curl. If you are having a hard time visualizing this, please check out this video. It shows you how to do the roll itself, but with a different sectioning pattern that will give you a different looking curl. So watch it just for the technique, but use the hair sectioning pattern from this tutorial;)
Now it is time to make your second curl. You will make another parting that is parallel to the first one, and it will bisect the rest of that half of the head. Basically, it will run from the top of the back of the head, straight down the side to the side of the nape of the neck. Repeat the curl in that section.
The leftover hair from the same side of the head in the back will make your third curl.
Repeat these sections and curls on the other side of the head.
Now, wrap your head gently in a silk head scarf to sleep in. This part is optional, but will help you sleep more comfortably and will help keep your curls smoother.
Now sleep soundly! I often read before bed to help slow down my monkey mind. Occasionally I take a Melatonin for bright and colorful dreams and a deep dark sleep. Mugwort peppermint tea is also great for good sleep and cool dreaming.
When you wake up, brush out your curls with a boar bristle brush ( Mason Pearson is my favorite, it is my # 1 styling tool that I wouldn’t go anywhere without…..Completely worth the price for your brush BFF for life;)
You rag curls are likely to be really big and fuzzy……So go in their with a light smoothing oil like Shiny Dancer, and work it into your curls, gently twisting random ones to define them a bit.
I love to do a deep side part with these curls, because it gives them a very vintage look and makes me feel less clown-hair-ish, initially.
The clown hair will subside quickly, and your curls will relax into themselves throughout the day so REMEMBER……..If you feel way too curly at first, just be patient. Everything will work itself out.
By the end of the day, you will want your hair to stay this way forever.
To make it last, keep your curls dry, sleep with your silk scarf on, and then use some hair powder when your roots start feeling greasy after a couple’a days. That’s how ladies did it in the golden days.
How long can you make your rag curls last? I’d love to know! I challenge you to a whole week
Hey babes. Here is Alix and Brette (more on her later!) . Two foxy fine haired babes, both long hairs, both low-maintenance, both ShamPHree. I told them that I wanted to give them rag curls, and Brette insisted that nothing made her fine hair hold a curl.
I grabbed an old scarf and cut it into long 3 inch strips and challenged their hairs to a curl-off. Put the rags in their damp hair at sundown, scarfed em, and then brushed em out in the morning. Their hairs stayed curled all day, starting out like Veronica Lake and ending like a 1970’s wave-curl at the end of the day.
If you have fine hair, no-heat curls are the way to go. Curls set with water are chemically guaranteed to last. The hydrogen bonds inside the hair gets broken with water and rebuild when the hair is dry. These bonds will last until the hair gets wet again, therefore creating a lasting and damage-free curl on any hair type. It’s science! DO it!
By the way….There exists a Vintage Hairstyling Bible for which I find massive inspiration and here it is.