The Summer of Love ‘How-To-Get-The-Look’ Guide

Unique Bride Issue 3 Editorial Page 3 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup

If you have managed to bag yourself a copy of Issue 3 of Unique Bride you will have seen that they featured a ‘summer of love’ spread and we were also lucky enough to be put on the front cover. For more details on the photo shoot see my previous blog post here.

And now on to the most important part! Within the article there was a ‘how to get the look’ guide by yours truly. Its a very simple and easy to follow guide to achieve the romantic wispy waves featured. As I don’t want any of you lovely vintage ladies to miss out I am going to go over it again here …

Unique Bride Issue 3 Editorial Page 4 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup

“As the brief for this shoot was to portray the hippie 70s and a couple eloping to get married in a camper van we decided that hair and makeup should be kept very natural and relaxed. The main focus for the makeup was to enhance what was already there, so the brows were defined, a light eye liner was used and a natural lip and blush.

As for hairstyles – As the high structured of the bouffant and beehive styles of the 1960s got less and less popular the more relaxed and natural hair of the hippie movement started to develop.  A lot of these looks were long, straight, flat hair with centre partings, which can be quite a severe look so create a more special wedding day look we incorporated a more modern twist with loose waves and here is the how-to guide in achieving it:

Hair how-to-get-the-look

1. Day old hair is much easier to style but if you need to wash your hair every day then a quick blast of dry shampoo, after your blow dry, stops the hair being so slippy, so its easier to work with.

2. Working from the top of your head take sections of hair and spray on a setting spray before curling with a conical wand,  this gives a much more natural curl than rollers or a curling tong. Pin each section, into a barrel curl, to the head and leave to cool.

3. Work through the rest of the head, sectioning off hair and curling. The smaller the section taken the curlier the hair will be, larger sections give more gentle curls. For this look larger sections were used although some varying sized sections were included to give the hair a more natural appearance.

4. Once all the hair has been set, leave to cool completely and give a quick spray with a flexible hold hairspray.

5. Rub a small amount of hair serum between your fingers before letting down each of the curls. The serum on your fingers helps reduce frizz and fly aways as you let out the curls.

6. Run your fingers through your hair to break up the curls, you can flip you head upside down and give a quick spray of hairspray if you want more body. Use a shine spray or more serum if needed. But don’t over do it as you still want a few wispy bits.

7. If you find your hair is too curly then brush through the curls firmly and lightly backcomb each wave to hold the strands of hair together. This will flatten those bouncy curls into gentle waves.

This style is great as it is but can be used as a great starting point for a relaxed up-do, so all you’ll need now is some pins, grips, hairspray and a little creativity.” – SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup for Unique Bride Magazine, Issue 3.

Let me know how you all get on …

Summer of Love

Friday saw a milestone in SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup’s history. We made a very big update to our Press section of the website.

Here is what is was about …

We’ve been keeping the ‘Summer of Love’ photo shoot under wraps for months but now we can share the love as they have now been published in issue 3 of Unique Bride Magazine, available from 30th August 2012.

The shoot took place on a very breezy summers day in kings norton, close to Solihull in the West Midlands. With LuxeBridal providing the stunning vintage wedding dresses, Louise Holgate taking all the photographs, Fusion Flowers creating beautiful arrangements, Kathryn Marsh bringing along the star of the show Pumpkin the VW campervan and not forgetting our two models Nathan Bennett and Meghan Howard who brought it all to life.

We had to contend with the wind, muddy bogs left by the torrential rainwe’ve been having an the fact that Pumpkin the VW camper wouldn’t fit under the entry gate to the shoot location! But we all rallied round and due to all our hard work we pulled off a successful shoot. So successful in fact that Unique Bride Magazine have put us on the front cover!

So here you are for you all to enjoy …

Unique Bride Issue 3 Cover – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup
Unique Bride Issue 3 Editor’s Letter Page – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup
Unique Bride Issue 3 Editorial Page 1 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup
Unique Bride Issue 3 Editorial Page 2 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup
Unique Bride Issue 3 Editorial Page 3 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup

And even more excitingly the editorial includes a ‘How to get the look’ section written by yours truly. Learn how to do your own relaxed wispy waves …

Unique Bride Issue 3 Editorial Page 4 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup

And last but not least SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup has very first advertisement in print!

Unique Bride Issue 3 – Featuring SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup Advert

Recreating the 1940’s …

Last thursday saw the fruits of our labour come together at our 1940s inspired vintage photo shoot at Avoncroft Museum, near Bromsgrove, Birmingham, West Midlands who let us use some their amazing buildings, we especially loved the 1940’s prefab.

Our photographer was the amazing Louise Holgate  who spent the day snapping away at our model, Helena. I created her 1940’s vintage look by creating Faux Betty Bangs and victory rolls in her hair and a simple 40s makeup. I will be doing tutorials on each of these looks in the near future so watch this space.

Louise quickly worked her magic and has produced some amazing pictures for us to have sneaky peek at while we wait for the collection to be put together.

I would just like to say a big thank you to Helena, my model, whose beautiful face graces our photos (you really can’t take a bad picture of this girl. Stunning!), to Louise for agreeing to be our photographer and taking these gorgeous photographs, to Simon from Avoncroft Museum, who stood patiently by as we set up shots in the prefab and lastly to Giulia Scrimieri, costume designer extraordinaire, who came to my rescue and raided her costume collection to provide me with an original 1940’s outfit.

We found out on our visit you can also get married at Avoncroft so if you’re planning a wedding, especially a vintage wedding, Avoncroft is well worth a look.

1940’s Inspired Photo Shoot

I’m working on a 1940s inspired photo shoot with Louise Holgate Photography this thursday so I’m collecting together some pictures for inspiration and to create a bit of a mood board. As I have found some lovely images I thought I would share the vintage love with you guys at the same time … Enjoy! x

I don’t own all of these photos as I have found most of them in books and on other places on the web. If you are the owner of any of these photographs and would like me to remove them please contact me via my contact page.

It’s finally here!

After numerous days (and some very late nights) glued to my computer SGR Vintage’s NEW LOOK website is finally here! Phew! So come on in and take a look around.

I really hope you enjoy it but if you find that any links aren’t working, find the layout confusing or can’t find what you are looking for then please let me know via the contact form.

There’s lots going on so make sure you check out my blog to get your fix of all things vintage and beauty, with lots of how to guides and product reviews. If you want to come and meet me and find out what it’s all about then you can find all the events I’ll be popping up at here

Come and join me at the I do .. IN VINTAGE wedding fayre this coming sunday, 29th July, and you can get that barnet styled into a super beehive for only £10! And on top of that we are running a special promotion to everyone that comes to an event so make sure you visit the stand to pick up your 10% OFF all bridal services sticker. Bargain!

Don’t worry if you can’t make this event we will be offering other special offers and competitions so keep an eye on our Promotions page.

You can have a goosey ganders at my portfolio and  you can also see what I’ve been up to in the world of film and theatre.

And to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of it sign up to my newsletter and follow my blog.

I look forward to hearing from all you vintage lovelies,

Sarah xx

Champagne, Cupcakes and Wedding Dresses

I was lucky enough to join the amazing girls at the LuxeBridal headquarters for their open day. They were showing off their exclusive range of Vintage Wedding Dresses from the glitz glamour af the 1920s right through to the hippie 70s.

Brides were treated to a glass of champagne and a stunning cup cake, supplied by Emily from Buds & Bows Bakery .

I was there to style the bride’s hair to help show off the beautiful head pieces from Cherished Vintage Bridal Accessories.

And to top it all off Louise Holgate Photography was there to capture it all on camera.

I had a lovely day meeting all the brides to be and the wedding dresses were pretty stunning too!

Check out Louise’s photographs of the day below:

Are we about to pop-up at an event near you?

Its been busy here at SGR Vintage HQ while we’ve been busy planning our next events. Here’s where we’re going to be over the next few months …

Luxe Bridal
  Custard Factory, Birmingham  6th May 2012 11am – 4pm I will be joining the girls of luxe bridal as they throw open their  doors fors for drinks & nibbles.  There will be their amazing range of vintage bridal wear and headwear and I will be on hand to offer hair  styling advice and do so some demonstrations.

Call LuxeBridal on 07530690599 for more information

The Stoke Vintage Fair 

Kings Hall, Stoke

13th May 2012 12pm – 5pm

Pre-book to avoid disappointment:

will be offering special show prices Quick Vintage Hair £15 (20min)  Quick Vintage Makeup £15 (20min)  Lashes&Liner £10 (10min)  File&Polish £15* (15-20min)  *Includes FREE mavala mini  nail polish (subject to availability)

Midlands Wedding Festival St Mary’s Church, Temple Balsall,  Knowle, B93 0AN 23rd Sept 2012 12:30pm – 4:30pm There will be loads of wedding suppliers, afternoon tea and a free  goodie bag for those who pre-book their tickets. I’ll be there with my pop-up vintage salon with competitions, prizes and demonstrations.

Contact Felicity via her website:

TBC: Vintage Chic Wedding Fair, Birmingham, October 2012

MadMen Hair Tutorial: The Beehive



Pins / Grips / Comb / Hairspray / Soft brush / Flowers, Scarf or any other hair accessory


Section the hair and back comb from route to tip (so its standing up right). Hair spray each section. Its harder to work on freshly washed hair so ideally have day old hair, otherwise you’ll have to use a lot of hairspray!!


With the soft brush sweep all the hair, at the back of the head to one side, being careful not to brush all the backcombing out. Grip up the centre with criss-cross grips. Leave the top section alone for the moment.


Again leave the top section alone. Bring all the hair that you swept over to the left back over to the right twisting it back on itself into a twist.


Pin all the way up the join where the twist meets the head.


With the soft brush smooth the top layer and brush the top section back. Look in the mirror and adjust the hight and shape of the beehive and then once you are happy twist and secure the section downwards, just like you did in step 3 (just at a different angle).


Tidy up any wispy bits with hairspray or extra pins/grips and check it out in the mirror. If there is any area that you don’t like then just whack on a hair accessory or two.

GOOD LUCK! Let me see how you get on and post pictures of you and your hair!

Vintage Chic Wedding Fair

I’m going to be exhibiting at the Vintage Chic wedding fair on 22nd April 2012 in Birmingham.

Come and visit my stand. I’ll be running taster session and demonstrations throughout the day.

For tickets and further information please visit the Vintage Chic Wedding Fair website:

Hello world!

Welcome to  SGR Vintage Hair and Makeup

My name is Sarah Russell and I started my career in hair and makeup for film and theatre, I now combine these skills with  my passion for vintage styling. So if you are looking to recreate the beauty and glamour of a bygone era you have come to the right place.  Whether you want a vintage do for for your wedding, hen-do or special night out I’m here to help you achieve the look you’re after.

Vintage events and services have included weddings, The Powder Room, numerous corporate and family events and the Goodwood Revival Festival.

Take a look around … I will blog about all things beauty and vintage, there will be tutorials, how-to video and much much more.