How to make a perfect 1960′s beehive.

jronMy pal Jules was headed to Rick Steve’s Mad Men themed holiday party which happened to fall on the day of her 30th birthday. She works for Rick, and I’m glad of it, because she is the best damn travel guide there is. And I know, because she took me on my first abroad travel trip when we were both 19, covering ground from the craggy Scottish highlands to the swankest of Greek Islands to the throbbing pulse of Istanbul.

She asked me if I would do her hair for the party, and I said “yep”

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For inspiration, because I am kinda tired of hearing about Mad Men hair, I used the Ronnette’s beehives as inspiration. Check it out. Nedra, Estelle, and Veronica (AKA Ronnie Specter) Of the Ronette’s had some bangin’, buzzin’ beehives.

IF you haven’t heard the Ronnette’s, check out this song and listen to it while you give yourself a beehive.

First beehive rule of thumb…..Practice up on your Tight ‘n right back combing to get your hair as high as the heavens. As Reagan of HDOF blog says,”back-combing is practically the high heels of hair”
You will need a large barrel curling iron (or a pin-curl set!), several large and small bobby pins, a rat-tail comb, and hairspray.

Here is how to get a fabulous 1960′s beehive.

hivw1. Start by working through dry hair in small sections with a large barrel curling iron. Let the curls cool and set while you mix a cocktail.

2. Work through the entire crown of the head, back-combing small sections of hair Tight ‘n Right! Keep back-combing with a ratting comb until the hair as high as the heavens.

3. Once the base or “rat” has been created, take sections from the front of the base and smooth them back over the top of the rat. Do this with all the hair around the hairline, leaving out one curl in the front. This will be your accent curl;)

4. Gather the ends of the rat and the smoothed sections in the back, and twist it together against the back of the head. Use a large bobby or two to secure the twist.

5. Smooth the sides back and pin them into the twist.

6. Arrange the ends of the twist nicely into pinned curls.

7. Take a section of hair from directly behind each ear and pin them under your twist in the back, this will narrow the hairstyle, which really gives it that 1960′s dod-wop look instead of that 1960′s country look.

8. Pin a couple more curls below your twist.

9. Arrange your front accent curl on one side, and pin it discreetly to your head on one side.

Spray the shit out of all of it.

Now, ladies, please be careful when lighting your Lucky Strikes tonight and BE SURE to stay away from open flames.


DIY Hair Friday. 4 Holiday ready 1940′s inspired hairstyles.

avaToday my loves, you get a 4 in 1. 4 vintage inspired hairstyles to get you through the Season. The first is simple classic Victory rolls. Then comes the Half-Up Bump ‘n Roll. Then, then the Ava Gardner. Then, The Full-On Veronica.

These styles are great for a holiday party, so practice up on your 1940′s easy pin-curl set and put this hairstyle and a couple of bobbies and a comb in your back pocket and whip it out in a pinch:)

Last year I gave you Lazy Girls Victory rolls. Today, I give you Victory rolls with a bit more power behind them. This is like your intermediate vintage hairstyle, a bit better than lazy and not your perfect polished perfection. Great for a quick-style but with a bit more planning and staying power;)

Victory rolls can be done on hair that is basically jaw length and longer, so it is a great on for shorter and medium haired girls. Here is how to do it.


Victory Rolls

rollsStart with your 1940′s pin-curl set.

1. Divide the front section off on one side, from the top of the head to behind the ear.

2. Comb the section hair up and back.

3. Wrap the section around the back of the thumb all the way down to the ends.

4. Gently remove the curl from the thumb and lay it flat against the head.

5. Stick a pin down the inside ridge of the curl, securing it too the head.

6. Shape pull up on the outside ridge to shape the roll, so that it is vertical. Add more pins discreetly as needed. Smooth the front of the roll carefully with a comb.

7. Repeat on the other side.

8. Check the backs of the rolls and pin them discreetly, up the roll from the bottom if needed.

9. Make sure your rolls are balanced. Manipulate them until they look the same on both sides.

The Half-Up Bump ‘n Roll.halfup

This one starts with the 1940′s Pin-curl set.

1. Take the bang section gently back comb the base. Smooth the front and roll the ends back.

2. Pin the curl on one side.

3. Now take the whole top section of the head, leaving out the sides. Back comb using a boar bristle brush.

4. Smooth the front of the section, and take the ends all together and twist them.

5. Now pin the twist to the back of the head with a large vertical bobby going upwards into the twist.

6. Take a side section and twist it back.

7. Pin the twist into your large vertical bobby.

8. Repeat on the other side.

9. Now take ends of all 3 twists, twist them together and pin them into a bun to cover all your bobbies!

The Ava Gardner

retroThis one also starts with the 1940′s pin-curl set. A more in depth look at rolling bangs can be seen here.

1. Section off the bang section.

2. In horizontal sub sections, work through the bangs, back combing with a comb or boar bristle brush.

3. Smooth the section from the back. Now, roll the bangs forwards.

4. Roll all the way to the scalp. Hold the curl against the head. Now pin the inside of the roll to the base from both sides. The bobbies should grab each other in the middle of the curl.

5. Pull the edges of the roll out a bit to shape and balance it.

6. Section off both sides of the hair. Grab the back section as if you were going to ponytail it.

7. Using your thumb as a roller, roll the ends of the back section upwards to the base of the head.

8. Hold the roll against the head and carefully remove your thumb. Use several large bobbies to pin the inside of the roll to the base of the head from either side, making sure that your bobbies grab each other on the inside of the roll for stability. Use as many as you need till the roll feels secure. Now pull gently at the outside edges of the roll to shape and widen it.

9. Make a pin curl with each side section and pin to the outside of the roll to finish the look.

The Full-Un Veronica

vintStart with your 1940′s Pin-curl set.

1. Take the back section and comb it smooth.

2.Roll it under while directing it to one side, so that it spreads across the forehead.

3. Pin the flat curl discreetly on the side.

4. Take a section on the side from the top of the head to behind the ear. Roll it back into a high pin curl.

5. Pin it like a victory roll on one side.

6. Take the other side section and over-direct it. Wrap the ends of it around your thumb to form another curl.

7. Pin it on the opposite side, nestled next to your second curl.

8. Make sure all 3 curls are secure with pins through their centers and under the base so that they are discreet. Add more pins if needed.

9. Check yourself out, you retro babe.

Wham, bam, thank you ma’am, if you will.



DIY hair Friday! Valley of the Dolls bun.

7U6A3453_2Hi all. I shot this adorable woman and tutorial this Summer and got a bit backed up on my editorial calender. This is the amazing Liz Suman rocking the Audrey Hepburn/Valley of the Dolls bun. Check out this interview with Liz Suman ( Liz Lashes), where you will have a chance to find out why I love her and why she is a OG. (Original Gangsta.)

7U6A3426_2Anyhow, this Summer, her and I and my 2 year old Jekyll/Hyde demon angel daughter Selah hung out on my back deck and played dress up and hair and watched kitty cat videos and took pictures.  Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 10.08.18 AMThe inspiration for this hairstyle was a little bit Audrey Hepburn and a little bit Valley of the Dolls.

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 10.09.08 AMThis bun is a great modern spin off of a very classy 1960′s hairstyle that is charming and whimsical and can either say ‘classy lady about town’ or ‘drunken pill crazed fanatic’ and many things in between! That is why I love this bun.

If your hair is medium length, you are perfect for this hairstyle. Longer hair works too, and shorter hair can work if your hair is shoulder length or longer…….If so, get a hair rat to boost the volume in your bun;)


Valley of the Dolls bun

audryTo get this look, start by putting all the hair in a high, tight ponytail. If you have bangs, be sure to leave them down because the look great with this ‘do. After the hair is secured, divide it into 2 sections… large one, and a smaller one on one side. The larges section is goint to be your bun. The small one will be your braid. Back-comb your bun section.

Now take your bun section and roll it backwards down to the base and pin it into place. For a smooth and polished bun, use this technique. For a bigger textured and more lived-in looking bun, try this method.

Now, loosely braid your smaller section, and secure the end with an elastic. Pull the braid apart to widen it, and then wrap it gently around the front of the base of the bun and tuck the ends under the bun. Pin the braid discreetly into place.

Arrange your bangs and lady parts, and add a pretty little comb or barrette to finish the look.

Your mantra this weekend can be ‘You have to climb Mt. Everest to reach the Valley of the Dolls.’

xoxo, HTHG

Easy 1940′s pin-curl set

40setHi babes! I regret that I haven’t followed up with any pin-curl posts practically since Grandma Suzi-s pin-curls! I did a little short hair pin-curl inspiration with doo-rag mama last year, which seems like forever ago. In the meantime, though, I pin curl my hair quite often for different results and different reasons. Mostly, I pin-curl to polish up my wild main when I want prettier and bouncier curls than I have naturally. I pin em at night on damp hair (Not wet!) for great no-heat styling in the morning.

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 1.22.08 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 1.21.43 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 1.20.55 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 1.22.29 PMBefore you read further, and if you are a vintage hairstyling officianato, please read this post for my philosophy on the matter. To put it bluntly, I am a mom to 2 young children and a ‘wife’ who runs a business and works part time and does many other things as well and I don’t spend a lot of time perfecting and polishing things, namely, my own hair. my specialty is making complicated-is hair related things easy-ish so that when I share them with you they seem do-able.

Today, I bring you an easy pin-curl set specifically for 1940′s styling. Following this post will be several vintage inspired 1940′s tribute hairstyles made easy so that you don’t have to fuss with too many details. I don’t use any styling products for these styles, just bobby pins, large and small. As always with vintage styling, you need both sizes.

For those of you who don’t know, the 1940′s and the 1970′s are absolutely my favorite hair eras.

About a year ago I guess it was, I discovered the hair rat ( a great 1940′s hair styling tool) and it changed my life and my whole attitude towards hair. It made me think, If we can do this, we can do anything. So between the hair rat, pin-curls, and back combing, we are well on our way through easy vintage styling at HTHG.

And with that, here is your secret weapon pin-curl set to get your hair in perfect shape for 40′s styling. You will need large and small bobbies.

*It is important to note that pin curls are best done on damp hair. I like to mist my dry hair with water and put my curls in the morning or early afternoon, then go about my day with them in and take them out in the evening before I style my hair in a lovely style that I will wear for a couple hours while I make dinner and putting my kids to bed and then drinking a bit of wine in my pajamas on my back porch, pretending I’m entertaining company with a lovely dress on.

Also, all the curls in this tutorial are rolled in the same direction…..under and back. This is the key:) If you need more flat-curl clarification, check out this video.

Easy 1940′s pin-curl set!

40's set1. Begin by dividing the hair in half, down the center of the head. Make a vertical parting to section off the bang section on one side. If you have bangs, curl the section back against the head and pin it into place with a small pin ( here is an in-depth look at making and pinning a flat curl:) . If you don’t have bangs, an easy way to create a longer pin curl is to twist the section of hair around finger, then gently remove the curl from the finger and hold it against the head. (as seen in figure 2)

2. Make another vertical parting 2 inches or so behind the first. Roll  all the hair back into a flat curl in this section.

3. Pin your second curl into place. Use a larger pin if needed.

4. Make a 3rd vertical parting a couple inches behind the second one. Roll the hair back into a flat curl, and pin it into place.

5. Take the remaining hair in the back from the first side. Roll it back into a flat curl and pin it into place.

6. There should be 4 flat curls on one side of the head, all rolled back.

7. Repeat step one on the second side.

8. Repeat steps 2-5 on the second side.

9. You should have 4 flat curls on each sides, all rolled backwards.

Once these babies are dry, take em out an marvel. You can brush them out, or let em be free. This is your first step towards easy but slightly better than lazy-girls vintage styling:)

Stay tuned for more inspired vintage hairstyles coming soon to get you through the holiday season of parties and shenanigans.

xo, HTHG



Scarf Roll revisited.

DSC04291Hi hair friends. I made a more pin-able tutorial of the scarf roll for you, because I just can’t seem to get enough of this easy and adorable summer hairstyle. Here it is, and here are the written instructions.

The scarf roll is the perfect vintage inspired hairstyle for……river or beach days, bike riding (fits under your helmet!) curly hair, when you are in a twisty mood, when you are in a braid-y mood, a music festival, camping, the family farm, the farmers market, the playground, the boudoir, when you need some rockabilly inspiration, a road trip. And when you take it down, you will have lovely waves in your ends.scarf roll

Here is the new uber-pin-able version. Now pin, pin, pin!

Click here for more charming scarf hairstyles.


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