2 types of sculpture pin curls and their functions
There are 2 types of sculpture pin curls.
You can have pin curls flat against the scalp. Or you pin curls standing up, also known as Barrel curls.
They are often combined to achieve all sorts of wonderful vintage hairstyles.
Flat Sculpture Pin Curls
This type of curl can be rolled in 2 opposite directions. Clockwise and Anti-clockwise.
You can make alternate rolls of flat pin curls going in different directions, comb them out into sculptured waves.
Or you can have them all going in one direction to make neat rolls and page boy hair styles!
Stand up Sculpture pin curls
-Curl is held standing up from the scalp with a bobby pin or clip. They add volume and height to hair, therefore they are commonly found on top of head to add lift and make fluffy bangs and rolls. and for making. They can also be rolled in 2 different directions.
What vintage hairstyles to choose for long and short neck
Do you have neck so long that you are embarrassed by the tall “Giraffe neck” look? Is your neck so short that you are worried it looks as if you hardly have any neck?
SOLUTION: You can effectively correct/disguise neck length simply by choosing a suitable hairstyle!
Shorten a Long Neck
You should ensure hair is long enough to cover the neckline. Length should ideally kept medium to long. This will help hide the long neck.
You should avoid severe up-dos, and also avoid very short hair styles. They tend to expose and lengthen the neckline.
Low chignons and buns are fine, as they also help shorten the neckline.
Lengthen a Short Neck
To lengthen the neckline, you should aim to expose the entire neck. Put hair in an Up-do or have hair cut into a short bob. Especially avoid medium to long curly hair styles as they hide the neck.
You can also manipulate illusions of neck length by open or close clothing necklines.
Open necklines make neck look longer.
Closed necklines make neck look shorter.
How to look glamorous whilst setting vintage hair styles
To make vintage curls and waves, and keep them in shape, we often have to sleep in curlers/pin curls. Doesn't matter how good the initial setting is, some curls will go limp and lose bounciness during the day. Especially hair on the side of the face, and at the back. They therefore have to be reset at night.
Hair setting should be ideally done in private. Not only was it considered rude and very unattractive for a woman to be seen in public with her curlers or pin curls still in her hair. At home, they were also recommended to spare their husband and family members with this unsightly view! Yes I am looking at you Christina Aguilera.
So what do we do?
At night, you can still look lovely and cute by using a ruffled night cap or light turban to conceal those unsightly curlers and pins!
But what if curls aren't quite set and you need to go out in public during the day?
The solution is to conceal it with attractive covering. A light weight fabric is ideal as it allows for air to penetrate and dry hair. A chiffon scarf, or a turban will be lovely during the day. Also perfect for those bad hair days!
This 1940s video has some nice turban ideas. You can add brooches, flowers, ribbons and even feathers to add interest to the turbans!
Vintage hair enthusiasts often do their own hair dyeing. And why not. It saves a lot money and is fun to do.
Most of us are pretty good at colouring the front section, because we can see what we are doing. The problem is when you DIY the back section, you can't see it properly and there's nobody to help you. So you might end up missing a few spots, or not using enough colour, resulting in unevenness.
Here is a diagram from “Clairol's how to do better hair coloring”. I find this very helpful to make sure the back is not under-colored.
Part hair into 4 equal sections. You can hold hair by clips or hair tie. I find those big hair sectioning clips are easier for this.
The partings for color application, is like a series of horizontal parallel lines coming out from the centre. Illustrated by the white circular lines.
First part and pick up strand of hair at the top with your free hand. Hold hair away from the head to expose roots. Place nozzle point over the new growth and apply horizontally. Liberally apply colour over the entire strand. Then start the next parallel parting underneath and repeat.