To paraphrase Shannon asked:
My question for you is about your haircut. Would you please share a little information about it? I am looking to get my hair cut soon, and I love the way your hair takes the sets.
And my reply...
The purple arrow represents a long "fringe or bangs" section I had cut, which is completely optional. I quite enjoyed the fringe as it gave me a bit more variety when curling, but it's length meant I could pin it back or brush it into the sides when I was bored of it.
My main tips when it comes to getting a "vintage cut" are
- Bluntly tell the hairdresser NOT to razor the ends. This means that when you pick up a section to pin-curl at home, the ends finish at the same place and don’t fall or fray out as you curl.
- Explain to the hairdresser that you will be using vintage techniques (like pin-curling or hot rollers) so they understand how you are going to style it
- Bring in photos that represent how you'd like your final style to look
- Ask them if this look is possible for you (considering your hair type and condition, the level of care you are willing to put in, etc.) For example; while I adore vintage looks, I don't always have time to curl my hair. So ontop of all my other requests (yes, I am a demanding customer) I asked if they could please cut my hair so that it looks okay even I don't have time to style it.
To learn more about the "middy" and other vintage hairstyles I suggest going to the Fedora Lounge, where there are literally hundreds of posts about cutting and styling http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?43375-The-Middy-Thread
Beauty is a thing of the past is a brilliant blog for finding authentic vintage haircuts and styles
Casey from Elegant musings shows off her middy 'do
Vixen Vintage and her rag curls and 1940's hair
An excellent sponge roller set tutorial from By Gum By Golly's late 30's/ early 40's post
Or perhaps you can try the Bright Young Twins Lazy Pincurls
Or you can see one of my hair sets here
I hope this helps! I certainly don't claim to have any expertise in the area, so please feel free to add to the conversation, with queries or tips, in the comments below.