Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Finger wave tutorial à la 1920s & 30s

My friend and frequent guest star of this blog, Jirina, does some of the very best finger waves that I've ever seen. I asked her to do a guest post on this 1920s and 1930s stable 'do because I haven't really seen any truly great tutorials on finger waving online.

Instead of a simple blog post, we ended up filming a tutorial for your viewing pleasure!

Now, finger waves really aren't the easiest of vintage hairdos to master; it takes time and practise to truly perfect this look. I'm definitely still learning myself. But the results are so strikingly beautiful that it is most definitely worth any and all extra effort and time! Well done waves are like veritable works of art, in my humble opinion.

Some of the tutorials that I've come by online suggest finger waving on natural hair, some even recommend sleeping with wave clips on. We find this unnecessarily difficult and uncomfortable. Both Jirina and I have straight hair so we curl our hair the night before as it gives a great base for the waves. We used air rollers but you can do tight pin curls or use sponge rollers, whatever suits your fancy. Then brush the hair out in the morning, style and set the wave clips. Have breakfast, do your make-up and other morning tasks before removing the wave clips after a minimum time of about half an hour - the more time, the better. Then style, comb a little, spray - and voilà!

Well, watch the video and you'll see what I mean.

Note: in order to keep things as simple as possible, we didn't wave the whole head this time but only the front. You can, of course, wave the back of your hair as well with this same technique.

Tools of the trade:
  • Wave clips (waving clamps) - you can get some at Sally Beauty, for example
  • Lottabody or another setting lotion of choice
  • Hairspray
  • Hair brush and a rattail comb
  • and, perhaps, some bobby pins

Friday, February 8, 2013

Atelieri O. Haapala at Vapriikki-Vintage

Ooh la la! Here are the neo-Victorian portraits that Atelieri O. Haapala took of Jirina, Michelle and I at Vapriikki-Vintage last month. I had always wanted an Atelieri portrait but, for one reason or another, I always missed out on their events before (needless to say, the main reason being the fact that I lived outside of Finland for years). So this was my very first time of being photographed by them - and I think the results are just dreamy! I'm very pleased to finally have my very own Atelieri O. Haapala portrait.