I feel like I have enough vintage clothes, shoes, accessories, nya to finally try the anxiety-inducing VINTAGE HAIR. I have very, very, very long hair. But now I have hair scarves so if it goes terribly I can maybe not walk around looking like Hermione Granger ;v;
I'm going to try for a 40s kind of hairstyle, which was based pretty much entirely on your face shape. I have a round/heart-shaped face so I based it off that. I also found this book:
which details how to pin-curl your hair to get such hairstyles. Obviously it says 50s - the main difference was that in the 50s, shorter hair was in vogue, and fashion was simultaneously more traditionally feminine and also somewhat more "aggressive" (more defined, angular...) which I'm going to attribute to the birth of the teenager and no I don't accept criticism for this theory. But my hair is long and I dress 40s enough that I don't think it's an issue really - the premise and ideas for pin curls was the same.
Anyways - Vera Ellen (p.12) has the same hair texture + face shape as me! On the top of the head the hair goes on medium-rollers to stand up curling backwards away from the face, the side-front sections (from ears forward) get 9 curls each curling down towards the face, and then the back sections are curled down to point up towards the ears. She did use combs to tuck the hair back at the sides, I feel like I might just let mine loose? But that defeats the point of the style...
June Allyson has thicker hair but a similar curl to Vera Ellen, except the 3 medium curls on the top of the head become 2 large ones that stand up and point to the side of the face.
Kathryn Grayson also has a heart-shaped face but hers is also very thick and short, so I think I won't bother attempting it unless my attempts at the first two go wrong.
I also read chapter 4 of this book:
On one hand, I think I should do the off-base curls so that it's more 40s, but on the other hand... I have silky, thin, limp hair, and I think I need all the volume I can get so aaaa idk!! Plus I'm not sure how well an off-base curl would stay in my hair.
So anyways!! I'm going to go shopping I think on Thursday. and with all the nonsense I've had recently I'm going to make it a little treat-me day B) So hopefully by Friday or Saturday I can share my results?? :D