Haircuts do not grow on trees and hair styling does not simply come from behind the mirror: For a perfectly matching haircut you should either consult a friendly coiffeur-professional or wear a handsome hat for good… 🙂 Oh, and then there is fake hair… but who needs that? Lol. At long sight, it is highly expensive and does not even bring the intended result. The only solution: Learning by doing – step by step. With the first book presentation about Vintage and Burlesque hair styling, you already had the chance to learn lots of tipps and tricks. But this week’s review brings you even more. An enchanting little book just reached me and already when I flipped through the pages for the first time, I knew: It’s a diamond.
Belinda Hay’s “Style Me Vintage” is the second must-have for every retro queen and will now be used as an inspirational source. The layout alone is just charming. Every page is inspiring and designed with much love for the detail, just like the hair styles that match the multifaceted outfits of the burlesque world. Every style is well described and illustrated with a Hollywood diva. Iconic examples are Marlene Dietrich, Veronica Lake, Wanda Hendrix, Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable, Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and many many more. Additionally, today’s stars and celebrities, who take the retro looks to the red carpets, are shown.
My all time favourite, the water wave, a classic of war times, the victory roll and the slightly unconventional poodle hair style are just three examples that are explained in detail. For every style the necessary utensils are named and picture by picture, the way to success is explained. In times of the iPad and eBooks such a charming book is a true treasure.
Belinda Hay’s passion for vintage started age 5 with an infatuation for Elvis Presley. She began her hairdressing journey in New Zealand where she learned vintage styling techniques. She has worked for over 7 years in some of London’s top hairdressing salons. In 2009 she opened her own vintage and contemporary salon, The Painted Lady, in London’s trendy Shoreditch. She has created style guides for the staff of retro bowling alley, All-Star Lanes.