Thursday, November 26, 2009

30's - 40's Hair Tutorial...

So pincurls can be time consuming. You have to put them in, sleep on them, take them out in the morning...yes, they are the most authentic, longest lasting way to curl your hair for a vintage look, but sometimes, a girl's gotta get ready quick!

With this in mind, I present my first tutorial. It's in pictures, as I'm not clever enough to do the you tube thing yet. Photos are mostly taken with the timer, so pardon the extra "flashi-ness" of some of them. Just follow the steps, and you'll be on your way to cute vintage hair in under 20 minutes. (with practice!)

Have everything laid out before you start.
Use a 'round" brush.
Wear a cotton glove to protect your fingers when you slide the curls off the iron.
Practice makes perfect!


Oh, and this is what I wore tonight. Funny story actually - This dress was a swap with a great old lady who runs a vintage museum in the middle of nowhere. I discovered the museum on a road trip and noticed she had a bolt of fabric that perfectly matched a 40's dress I had been given by another old lady who was given it by an old man who died. Whew!
Turns out that old man owned a factory that made the dresses in the 40's, had closed it down before the war, and kept only the samples of each dress. When I mentioned this, the old lady's eyes glazed over. She told me she had been trying to track those samples down, as she had only the bolts of fabric from the factory. I had 3 of the dresses, in different colours, so I suggested a swap. She agreed, and now we're both happy!


  1. I dont know... I have done that style before and in my experience pin-curls have been way easier.

    Maybe I suck with the curling iron, but It takes me nearly an hour to curl my hair and then let it sit for another 10 minutes.

    I sleep on pin-curls all the time, my mornings are simple it takes me 30 seconds to pop all the clips out and run a brush through my hair. haha. can't get much quicker than that.

    I am happy you are so fast at the curling iron though! I cant believe you can do that in 20 minutes. amazing.

  2. Twila - I just realised I posted one section of instructions twice!!! oops - that's why it looked so long! (I'm an idiot. Blog fail.)

  3. If only I had a decent curling iron! Maybe I shall save this for when I invest in one.
    -Andi x

  4. mine was only $30 from's a vidal sassoon, i think.

  5. What a great tutorial! I wish I had enough commitment it try it out.

  6. lovely tutorial! my hair can get a little crazy in over-night curls...I end up looking like a 1940s school girl ;)
    your dress is gorgeous!~

  7. Nice tutorial. I'll have to try it sometime. I have no idea how to do curls. xD

  8. That hair tutorial was amazing. You should do a video version for Youtube. Love the blog and your look.

  9. I've been looking for someone who loves pincurls!


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