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.

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.

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I look forward to hearing from all you vintage lovelies,

Sarah xx

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)

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.

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!

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.