Hey babes. This beautiful low pin-curled hairstyle is dedicated to my dear friend Sarah Ann Marie, who happens to be also modeling the hairstyle. We went to Bandittown together last month….She sold her leather-emblazoned bags and jackets (her collection is called 10th and Olive) while I was doing hair on the porch of an old rundown cabin.
She made that great vest in the photo above!
Now I have been doing Sarah’s hair for years and years. Colors, cuts and styles. And she is hands down my favorite with green hair. She is just one of those lucky people who looks like she could almost be a natural green, if that was a real thing.
Sarah is super resistant to my beehives. Like she has basically forbidden me to give them to her because of the wear and tear that happens as a result of all the back-combing that has to happen when one gets a beehive. This, as you can imagine, pains me to no end because I want her give her a green beehive so bad, mostly because I have been forbidden them, but also because she is such a beauty and she has such great style, I just want to ice her cake with an epic beehive. You know how it goes.
Well, this time, we negotiated her beehive and compromised on some VERY light back-combing to build a low height/low impact beehive with all the decoration down low, so that the hairstyle felt more flapper and less of the doo-wop.
Here is how we got the look.
I began some light back combing at her roots, up around her crown. I worked gently, so as not to piss her off. Nothing to tight or vigorous.
Once I felt satisfied in the amount of lift I had created at her roots, I smoothed all the hair back with my boar-bristle brush, just over the surface of the hair, keeping the back-coming in tact underneath.
I gathered the hair from the top half of her hair (with the exception of her side-bang section, which I left out for now) into a very low ponytail, held it against her head, and rotated it once at the base, towards one side.
This created a little ofset twist, which I pinned into place nice and snug with bobby pins. Then, I took the hair from below the top section, gathered it into a ponytail in my hand, and twisted it once against the head as well, in the same direction of the first twist, and pinned it snug to the head.
This created the scaffolding of the hairstyle…….Nice high, smooth top, and the rest secured to one side, where the free ends right where I wanted them……And it was time to start building the curls, the details which made the ‘do.
At this point, I started working a bit more free form, taking small strands of hair that hung from the 2 twists, rolling it into a pin-curl, and then pinning it into place, doing my best to hide the pins discreetly within the hairstyle.
To create a more polished look, before I rolled the pin-curl, I gave the section of hair a twist, creating a rope-like look for each curl. I varied the size of each curl to keep it organic.
I built the curls into the hairstyle, pinning them into each other, creating a messy grid of bobby pins under the curls, hidden away but crucial to the structure of the style.
At the end, I separated her side-bang section into a few pieces, and pin-curled them at the ends, and pinned them into the hairstyle alone the side.
What we ended with was a solid, soft yet classy hairstyle which decorated one side of her head in a gorgeous, delicate swath of green curls.