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 …
“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:
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.
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!
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!
This week saw the return of Mad Mento our screens and I was very excited to welcome back Joan, Peggy, Betty and Megan in to my living room. I’ll be discussing what the women of the series were up to in the 1960s but more importantly I’ll be looking at the amazing hair and makeup and giving a quick tutorials you help you recreate the look at home.
Sky Atlantic and Blackberry start off the proceedings with their own vintage style adverts and during the ad breaks we saw all the old adverts from milk tray, co-op, kit Kat and flake to name but a few. A lovely touch Sky, thank you.
Previous series of Mad men have been praised for its historical authenticity and visual style. From the set, to costumes, to the hair and makeup it is a 1960s treat for the eyes. The last series took us to October 1965 and when we return in the fifth series there has been a small time jump so we are probably now well into 1966. So skirts have got shorter and the beehives have got taller!
‘ A Little Kiss’
This double part episode is a beautifully gentle re-introduction to all the characters.
Don and Megan are now officially Mr & Mrs swiftly followed by her promotion from secretary to copy writer.
Joan now has given birth to baby Kevin and trying to juggle the new born with trying to get back to work. But with her husband away she is struggling. Her mother is also putting on the pressure for her to not go back to work because if “your husband is a doctor you don’t need to work.” But Joan is determined. She comes back into the office with the baby to try and find out what’s happened to her job. She misses work and even with the baby and her mother at home she feels alone.
Peggy, in contrast to Megan, has put in the hard graft to earn her place as a copy writer. We see her in this episode pitching to Heinz beans.
Now for the most important part … The hair!
Megan sporting the typical voluminous 60s bob …
Peggy has a flicked out bob – a far cry from her high 50s pony and bangs in the first series. Her hair, makeup and clothes have all matured as we see her climb the career ladder.
And last but not least our favourite of them all … Joan played the wonderful Christina Hendricks (I want to be her!) Even though she’s frazzled in this episode she still looks amazing, although we see her with her hair a little more relaxed than her usual perfectly coiffed hair do (bottom photo).
Keep an eye out for our my next post where I’ll attempt to do a how-to-guide to show you how to do you own hair a la Mad Men!