For the last 12 months I have in my opinion, been ultra lazy with my hair and style (and I’ve enjoyed it immensely).
I ditched my curling and straightening tongs back in Jan 2012 and went vintage style with bobby pins and strange apparatuses (that I call hair-do prosthetics) to give body, hold curls and complete bold styles…. Super easy and quick to do, hence why I refer to these styles as being lazy – I can’t be bothered spending hours on straightening my horse mane of thick black hair and I’d rather chuck my locks up into a quick and glam look and get out the door to start the day.
This is a very different style post for me. I don’t usually feature myself in my posts cause I feel that’s a little narcissistic. But I keep getting asked how to achieve vintage hairstyles and I decided it would be easier this way. So in this post I hope to pass on a few tricks and tips which may, or may not be new to you.
Be warned this is a Vintage Hair Spoiler Alert. If you’d rather the illusion of perfect vintage beautiful hair styles held up with sass and hairspray – you need to STOP READING NOW.
First tip I want to share is how to make a bumper faux bang ‘prosthetic’ known as a hair rat and how to get that vintage rolled Bettie bang look.
What is a hair rat?
I can tell you what it’s not………
It’s not this – ew
Its also not this – eweewww
A hair rat is a spongy tube that can be made from a variety of materials and it helps you achieve certain vintage hair styles by acting as an insert. If you want vintage hair you need a collection of hair rats among many other magical things.
Making a hair rat.
Hair rats are available for sale on a number of sites on the net. They are available in a variety of colours and sizes, and usually have snaps on the ends so they double as hair donuts/chignon forms. The commercially made hair rats are made of mesh. When it comes to hair rats, you can buy one, or you can make one. Some people make them out of socks, some use their own hair retrieved from their hairbrushes, or you can purchase mesh chignons which are more widely available and make hair rats out of them.
I made one out of two mesh chignon forms brought for a handful of coins (approx $4.99) from Ruby Shoes. You can use one chignon to make a hair rat but it’s not as firm as I like. I prefer the form to be firm so that the hairstyle has more integrity and wont be tempted to move during the day. My instructions are how to make a firm no nonsense hair rat from two chignons – if you prefer the softer, more malleable rat you can get good instructions here at Va-Voom Vintage using only one chignon.
two chignon forms matching your hair colour
clear nylon thread
sewing needle and scissors
To start you want to cut the first Chignon form and then reinforce the stitching down the length of the form before stitching closed one end.
Cut the second chignon form and measure the length you want for the hair rat by holding the two together and checking in the mirror for the shape and look you are trying to achieve. Cut down the second chignon form to size and stitch along the length of this piece and one end closed.
Take the two unstitched ends and match together and stich, trying not to create bumps and lumps in the form. If this is unavoidable just keep stitching around the seam pulling in a little more mesh at a time to smooth out the seam. You’re all done.
Here are some ways to wear a hair rat:
Here is how I use my hair rat in a horse shoe U shaped Bettie Bang style. My fringe is only ‘just’ long enough to wrap around it. If you want to create this style it would be best to have longer bangs than I do…
Click on the picture below to be redirected to a fantastic tutorial from The Cherry Dollface on Youtube on how to create the bumper bang look.
How do I get that perfect bun look?
I also have a chignon form my mum gave me that belonged to my great grandmother. I wear the chignon form all the time to create the perfect bun and teem it with the hat rat, or hair boostias to create different looks. Perfect hair in 5 minutes and it is sure to stay that way all day.
Here is a pic of my great grandmothers hair donut, it’s a little in need of some TLC as it’s been in a dusty draw for the duration of the holidays. yuck. Not sure what it is made of, my mum reckons it’s horse hair…….. It’s great for creating that perfect chignon, or bun.
and…. here is how I wear the hair donut with the hair rat.
If you don’t own a hair donut, you can use a sock with the toes cut off to create this look using the following picture tutorial.
Or if you do own or are thinking of getting a hair donut/chignon form the process is even easier.
Bouffants and Beehives
Now it’s important to note at this point that you can use or do a few different things to achieve the Bouffant, or Beehive look.
For example I own some hair boostias pictured below which can be substituted in these styles by a hair rat. It all depends how big and what shape your going for.
Styles that can be achieved by using a boostia or hair rat.
How I use my hair boostia
If your going for the late Amy Winehouse huge beehive to rule all beehives look – a rat or boostia is not going to work. You will need a hair pad, aka beehive sausage or beehive rat. I don’t own one of these because I prefer the lesser look. But this is what they look like and they are available to purchase on Ebay.
Simple make up
I have almond shaped eyes so I don’t need to accentuate the slant much to get the swooping vintage wing. But I follow the same rules as the image below.
That’s it, easy peasey.