Inside was this gem of a book:
|Vintage Hairstyling by Lauren Rennells|
When I first started my love affair with the 1940s and 1950s I found the most daunting task was getting the perfect hairstyle to fit the era. Clothing and make-up came relatively easy but trying to get those darn victory rolls...lets just say the air was blue and the hair brush thrown on many an occasion. I developed a love/hate relationship with my heated rollers but I refused to be beaten and I soon managed to knock up a couple of victory rolls in less time than it took to get the rollers in! If only wish someone had written this book back then, it would have saved many a hair tantrum
Promising start to finish instructions for hairstyles from the 1930's to the 1960's with detailed photos , a breakdown of techniques used in the past and a modern equivalent to get the same style PLUS tips on hair accessories, make-up and nails - this book really does not disappoint. Along with victory rolls there is pin curls, the happy Pompadour (as per front cover) and one of my favourites:
The Snood Style - just beautiful :o)
Along with step by step instructions there is also the tricks of the trade. If you have also looked into victory roll styling then you would have heard of ' hair rats' or 'rat fillers'. These are used to make the rolling process a bit easier for hair that is not long enough/ thick enough to give a full roll. Nowadays you can buy foam rats or mesh rats but back in the day ladies used to save their own hair they brushed out for just this method. I am now hankering after owning a rat filler pot for my dressing table:
Can you imagine the look of disgust from my husband when he happens to come across a pot of my old hair on the dressing table! *wink*
But in all seriousness if you are wanting a book on vintage hairstyling then I have to say that this is the book.
And remember its all about the preperation:
|Trying to be sassy with my curlers in...|
|... laughing and hoping no one knocks at the door ;o)|
And as vintage hairstyles are one of my favourite things I'm linking up to favourite thing-on friday over at Mimi and Tilly :o)
Hope you all have a fabulous bank holiday weekend!