This new hot trend is still relatively unknown in wider circles, however, its bold form and ambiance is surely going to snag a huge chunk of followers, and secure a prominent position within the most popular styles to try out. Steampunk has actually been around for years, confined somehow to a select few. so it is certainly nothing new, per se. To illustrate, the year of the very first steampunk convention was 2006–a full nine years ago, and the term actually became an inclusion of the Oxford English Dictionary last year, too. If you, like many, are unfamiliar with the term, read on.
Steampunk comes from science fiction novels, supposedly an invention of author Kevin Jeter, who wanted to distinguish the particular genre of tetra-tech styled science fiction writing that he and his fellow cronies used from the more futuristic directed writings of other sci-fi writers, or “cyberpunks.” The thing is, it truly began, it’s grown, morphing into a signature style, and probably even as a philosophy. In a nutshell, steampunk effectively mixes the old with the new, in an elaborate but intentional fusion of today’s technology with the Victorian Age design aesthetic and the philosophy behind it. It’s been tagged “sort of Victorian-industrial, but with more whimsy and fewer orphans…” by author Caitlin Kittredge. Other descriptions include that it’s akin to starting with anyone’s unique relationship with advanced technology and giving it a goth, or antique sort of ambiance. So, how would steampunk convey to hair?
Don’t Let Short Hair Stop Your Steam
While long hair is ideally the easiest hair to work with, in going “steampunk,” if yours is short, don’t let this stop you. There are some great tutorials all over the internet that will show you in detail just how to get Victorian hairstyles, and while most of them do seem to specify long hair, there are ways in which you short haired steampunkers can rock the look. Among your options, you can choose to simply work with your short hair, at its present length, and in doing so, still find variety. Alternately, some steampunkers have purchased full head wigs or half-wigs and styled them suitably, to be worn for the image. If you can manage to get your hair into any semblance of a bun, you can then attach a larger bun of artificial hair over it. Gently curl all strands with a smallish- sized wand. You can add more hair effects by adding extensions that match your hair, and either braiding portions, in a half-up style, or creating cascading, looser curls off to either side of the face. The key component to the Victorian hairstyles is found in their complexity. Different sizes and types of curls, interspersed braids, some up, some down, buns and wrapped strands are all fun to experiment with, and will give your hair the aura of signature steampunk tresses.
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