Adventures in Vintage Hair

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For about the last decade, I have donned some sort of long hair, blunt bangs combination. From the Bettie Page look to a Barbarella do, long hair and bangs have been my signature look. The problem is that the same can be said for most girls who are into vintage style.
I was desperate for a whole new sassy hairstyle, but still within appropriately stylish decades of the 20th century. I have been infatuated, and borderline obsessed with, anything 20s lately but I always gravitate towards mid-century looks. So I decided to compromise with a graduated bob. The shortness in the back gives me the liberating feel of a flapper bob while the steep angle is so mod.
louise brooks
vidal sassoon
When I explained to my stylist that I wanted something short but not Poshy, something chic but not matronly, she completely understood and took creative license.
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Excuse the image quality — this was taken with PhotoBooth on my Mac in very poor lighting.
At first the drastic cut was jolting – over 5 inches is a lot of hair to lose in one sitting. But I am over the shock and eager to try different styles. I’ve already made an attempt at tight curls for a 20s-ish flapper look. Pin curls are next.
After over 10 years of comfortable and safe long hair, I feel like my new cut is an adventurous move and I am proud of myself for taking a step out of the comfort zone.
And speaking of vintage hair…
I have a very exciting interview coming up along with a special giveaway involving vintage hairstyles. More soon.

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1 lady coveted { 07.08.08 at 3:21 am }

oh my goodness! how pretty! i love the short hair thing…. it was hard to part with over a 12inches a few months ago, but now i can hardly remember it.

2 Patti { 07.08.08 at 9:06 am }

Good for you!!! I’m over long hair.

3 Sandra { 07.08.08 at 11:07 am }

Thanks Jennine! It’s kind of freaky putting pics of myself on here. You do it all the time, but I’m not very comfortable with it yet.

4 Hoardmeister { 07.11.08 at 1:02 pm }

Brava, diva! You look divine, even with the unfortunate lighting. And that picture of Louise Brooks is BREATHTAKING!

5 Sandra { 07.11.08 at 1:13 pm }

Thanks Elisa! I am in love with that picture of Louise Brooks as well. If I could look that good in such a short bob, I’d hack it all off!

6 cath { 07.11.08 at 4:53 pm }

Love your hair! You’ve inspired me to take the plunge myself!

7 Sandra { 07.11.08 at 4:58 pm }

Wow Cath! Seriously? Do it! Expect shock. I still can’t get over it.

8 gilda { 07.11.08 at 10:00 pm }

very… vidal sassoon. :) i love that look on you!!
i recently went to this flapper event and had no time to do my hair so i just tried to blow it as straight as possible to show my “bob” off, but ahh well, it started to wave and curl in places. thank god my make up made up for it! :)

9 Sandra { 07.11.08 at 11:27 pm }

Thanks gilda! I’d love to see your bob. Truthfully, I don’t have the right texture to keep it as smooth and straight as my stylist left it. I tend to be wavy and frizzy myself, so I know what you mean.

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