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Hair in Native American Culture

Woman with bun hairstyle

Most people are familiar with the multitude of infomercials selling the product Wen, lauded by celebs everywhere as the only safe way to care for your hair. If you happen to be among the masses of people who, upon seeing the commercial, were compelled to purchase the product, with visions of more healthy, more beautiful and more full hair than ever before, you may or may not have been delighted with your purchase. This is because Wen is nothing like any form of conventional shampoo you’ve ever used. It may not, to many people, even feel like it’s capable of actually cleaning the hair, being devoid of those characteristic detergent styled performing aspects. No suds, no squeaky anything and perhaps no noticeable difference at the beginning. Users of Wen who choose to go on using the product mostly become fully enamored with it, and how it improves the condition off their hair over time.

Wen-less Hair Care, the Native American Way
While Wen is not the brainchild of Native America, it is, in many ways, representative of the way that Native Americans look at hair care, and what they look for, and expect–in terms of performance. There is no desire to see or feel a bunch of bubbly suds as they wash–and more than a few tribal methods of hair cleaning would not even qualify to be categorized as cleaning at all, under the prevalent U.S. standard definition today. Native American hair cleaning ranges from the unadulterated water-only method, on up to include an assortment of botanical extracts and all-natural components that have proven their hair beautification power, and passed along by tribal elders in educating their young Native fledglings.

Native American Hair Styles
Here again, there are none of the hair styling products used prevalently by so many. It’s only naturally occurring herbs and plants that become hair styling ingredients. There are concoctions using plant extracts, which are combined with grease rendered from animal hooves and such, that are lauded among Native Americans for their power to beautify hair. Store bought products pretty much begin and end with Vaseline–that’s right. They use it particularly when a hair styling effort is needed to stay put, as such is a requirement in tribal dancing. Native American hairstyles are more or less limited to one braid down the back, two braids–with one to either side of the head, hair buns and unbraided, straight and unadorned hair. Native Americans regard the hair as part of their spirituality, and because of this, frown on cutting of the hair, instead praising long hair that is not cut.

Not Your Thing?
You may not find anything here that you are particularly drawn to, but just remember this: Of all cultures, Native Americans experience hair anomalies like male pattern baldness and hair thinning significantly less than other cultures, and they have typically the thickest, healthiest hair around. Perhaps it’s time to think again.

Woman with braided hair

Top Native American Inspired Braids

Woman with braided hair

If you think that hair braiding was invented by the French or the Dutch, think again–hair braiding has been around for longer than anyone might imagine, and it’s some of the oldest cultures that braiding is rooted in. The weaving of hair, from a simple twisting of two or three strands to a highly complex configuration of intensely woven braids that come together to create larger braided styles, in addition to special effects that can be created with partially braided sections integrated with other distinctive effects are all a form of hair styling that has been in practice–in one form or another, for longer than anyone even knows. Today, modern women (and men) braid their hair mostly as a form of forward fashion, or to create an attractive way of securing their hair away from their face and neck, when they need it out of the way or when it’s a cooler summer coif.

Braids and Their Meaning in Past Times
Throughout history, in many of the world’s oldest cultures, the braiding of hair has been performed as a way to indicate many particular details about the person whose hair is braided, from class and wealth, to military status. Married or single, young or old, braids have historically borne more significance than a trending hairstyle to follow. Braiding for sheer beauty has always been practiced, too, even when braids might have also indicated to which tribe the wearer belonged or to signify the religion of someone. Native American men have often braided their hair in preparation for going into battle. There weren’t necessarily particular types of braiding that belonged to a specific tribe, however, the Hopi women were characterized by their typical hairstyle of wooden rolled squash blossom whorls.

Braiding Progression, Through the Years
For any young Native American from any tribe, the fine art of precise braiding has always been an essential requirement, especially with the way the hair was braided being significantly telling of status and more. This being said, in some tribes, braided hair indicated the medicine man, where only a person of his status was allowed to braid their hair. In a showy effort, young braves hoping to find a worthy mate would braid their hair, adding accents of feathers, beading and leather pieces. All Native American women learned the art of braiding early, as they were, in certain tribes, the only ones responsible for all braiding.

The Braids
More aptly named, hair braiding through the generations might have more aptly been referred to as “hair weaving,” as this best describes the process engaged in by Native Americans. There were two braided hairstyles worn by women in Native American tribes, with one the native Americans referred to as a scalplock, consisting of a three strand braid, beginning at the nape of the neck and running down the back. The other, possibly a more popular form of braiding, was done by first making a concise part in the center of the head, running from the forehead hairline and proceeding all the way down to the hairline at the nape of the neck. The hair from each side was gathered and divided into three strands of equal proportion, which were formed into a braid that began at or just below the ear. Variations would be in the length of the braid-work, with leather strips tying off the end of braiding. The braid might continue down with only an inch or so remaining, or it might end, leaving a nice stock of hair–say, 5-7 ends at the bottom, free and full.

The variations existed more in add-ons to the basic braids. pony beads and wampum beads might be added to the braid itself, but more often beads, bones, feathers and other items from plants lauded by the culture would be added. The items usually signified something, and came from spiritual or medicinal appreciation. Often, these special added decorations were incorporated by being affixed to the thin leather strips that were used to tie off the braid, typically at the end of the strip, to dangle freely. Alternately, the braids might be painted or dyed for certain effects. Men often wore their longer hair in a short topknot style. A significant message was sent in the exact wearing position of two finished side braids, with married women purposely keeping their two braids to the front, to lie against their chests, while unmarried women made sure that their two braids remained behind their shoulders, resting against their backs.

Classic hair tuck

How to Pull off a Hair Tuck

If “tuck” has you scratching your head, add to it, subcategories—which are surely being added to, even as this tutorial is being written. With the basic Tuck, all you need is a headband that wraps around the entire head, some patience, bobby pins and your hands. Once you get the basic Tuck down, you can then move on to discover the wonderful world of hair tucks that are out there, and perhaps even come up with a few of your own!

Classic hair tuck

The Basic Tuck and Roll

  1. Starting out–Step 1. To begin this really romantic do, you’ll need that headband mentioned above. The final product will get a good deal of its ambiance from the size and style of headband you choose. You might attach an antique broach to the front of a rather nondescript headband to provide an elegant style of days gone by, or find a really cool looking headband that requires no further attention to please you. Try purchasing some faux hair or an extension that matches or blends with your hair color (or two) long enough to wind around a plain looking headband. In this hairstyle procedure, rather than wearing it in the conventional manner, you will place the headband on top of your head, pulling it down over all your hair, kind of as if it were a hat.
  2. Step 2: Now, gather all the ends of your hair at the back, and gather them all together, and tuck them into the headband from its top side. Next, begin taking all the rest of the hair (belonging to the ends you initially tucked,) and proceed to roll all of this hair into the headband, along with the ends. You will want this rolled hair to be tight, and going around the headband as you move toward the front. Don’t worry about loose or shorter hair in the front, as you will have an opportunity to roll those strands in, as you work your way around closer to the front. This style improves with at least a few unrolled, loose sexy strands, as the intent is to achieve more of a tousled look.
  3. Step 3: There is no step 3. You’re done! At this point, however, once you’ve mastered the basics, get creative. Here is a fun variation for you to try:

Dutch hair tuck.

The Dutch Tuck
Flirty and romantic, this style of tuck is distinguished by a braided headband made from your natural hair, the rest of your hair is tucked in and rolled along, as detailed above. The braid can be two braids, each beginning from a middle part, a separate matching color, long extension, or one braid that begins from a deep part on one side of the hair. What is visible of the braid will indicate its proper placement, as the braid itself will form the headband. This tutorial will create a single braid for the tuck.

  1. Step 1: Section off an appropriate front section of your hair next to your forehead, at your hairline, that goes down to just in front of each ear. Twist this, and secure out of the way.
  2. Step 2: Begin your Dutch (aka French) braid with the hair directly next to the hair you sectioned off in step 1. Begin with the hair at one ear, and work your way around to the last of the rooted hair above the opposite ear, after which you will continue to braid the hair in the traditional process.
  3. Step 3: Cross this braid over the hair on the back section of the head, securing the end with bobby pins, right behind the opposite ear.
  4. Step 4: Proceed with the same tuck for the ends of unbraided hair as directed above in the basic tuck, pinning as you go.
  5. Step 5: Perform the rolling, tightly securing and pinning liberally to secure as you go.
  6. Step 6: Part the front section initially separated up front and about 3-5 inches from the part, begin rolling each side in the direction of the other hair, continuing to roll as you move back, and when you reach the larger roll, tuck these new ends into the roll to conceal, and secure with pins.
Woman getting her hair styled.

The Proper Way to Tease Your Hair

Woman getting her hair styled.

While the improper teasing of people has never subsided, probably since the very dawn of time, teasing hair is one of the most awesome ways to bring a whole game-changing array of gorgeous styles for your hair, yet it is often passed up, with many missed opportunities of hair glory, mostly due to how it tends to be perceived by the general public as difficult and time-consuming. There are a bunch of really cool hairstyles currently trending that require teasing, and there is no valid reason why you should be left out, simply because someone told you that teasing your hair is too difficult, or should only be done by a professional. French twist? –Check! Messy bun? –You got it! Bouffant? –Done! Beehive? –Bee-have, Baby! (–in Austin Powers’ style.)There is every reason for you to learn the tricks of proper teasing, and leave the naysayers in your dust–or your hairspray fumes–whichever is nearest.

Various Effects, but All Beautiful
Obviously there is a lot of room for “play,” in any teasing efforts, to achieve differing degrees desired of height. And as women age, their hair begins to lay flatter and flatter upon the head, and this is one of those “certain somethings” that silently contribute to an overall “older” appearance. Here, just a little teasing would make all the difference. Looking back in history, those spoiled and highly pampered Southern belles totally rocked the teased hair thing, with their “go big or go home” notoriously huge and done-up tresses, owing all to teasing proficiency of someone.

The Basic Teasing Tools
There are a bunch of tools you might be able to successfully use to tease your hair. Any old brush with any old bristle type, and any old comb will certainly suffice, however in this tutorial, we are aiming for “best” and “easy,” so get yourself a really good teasing comb. The tools are always the delineating force between semi-adequate and rockin’. Always.

The Basic How-to:
Think in terms of a four-step process that proceeds as follows:

  • Section: Your teasing efforts will focus on a section of hair beginning about an inch or two below the crown of your head. Take the hair in front of this section and gather, twist and clip it out of the way. The teasing section will extend about three inches wide, or 1 ½ in. to either side of the center. This 3 in. wide section to be teased will continue for about 3-5 in. on down, depending on the size of your head and the style you want.
  • Tease: OK, surely you kind of know the deal here–that back and forward–up and down kind of motion to each hair section, teasing no more than 1 in. downward of each 3 in. wide section at a time.
  • Spray: As you complete teasing of each section, give it a light, even spray of quick drying hairspray before you move on to the next section.
  • Finish: This could be the most arduous part, some claim, but the key is to brush the very top layer enough so that the teasing beneath does not show, while not undoing your teasing efforts. A good mirror for viewing both front and back are necessary, and after some practice, you’ll get quicker and better at this. So blend it all together, keep the fullness, and reestablish any curls lost in the teasing process.
  • Bonus Step: Once you’ve finished brushing and smoothing the style, you can come back with the pointed end of a professional comb, pencil or other similarly shaped device and stick it into key places to lift areas that lost too much fullness and even out. Now, spray one more time, and you’re good to go!
Woman dyeing her hair.

How to Avoid Brassy Hair

Woman dyeing her hair.

One of the most frequent sources of remedy-seeking calls made to the beauty hotlines and the rest is from desperate people who, in an effort to go blonde, somehow wound up orange, pinky-orange, brassy or some other non-blonde color that is nothing closely resembling the color of hair on the head of the model pictured on the box. While some folks are at least smart enough to stop here and seek professional mitigation, there are quite a few brazen others who, taking matters into their own unprofessional hands, try to fix their mistake, and in doing so, often wind up producing colors and hues that appear even further away from blonde on any color chart.

Bleaching Causatives
The source of brassiness is not always a direct product of a dye job– well, at least not immediately following the process. Sometimes, it’s a bit later on that the brass hue begins to appear, growing more and more in boldness with time. Often, the possibility of producing a brass effect directly correlates to how dark, or far away from blonde the person’s natural hair coloring is. In other words, someone with black hair will have a much greater tendency of a brassy final product than someone with dark to medium blonde hair who is wanting to go to a lighter shade of blonde. Darker hair has more pigment, and the more pigment there is needing to be lifted, the more challenging it is for the colorant to adequately lift the darker colors. This is where you should either really know your stuff or seek the services of a professional hair colorist with enough successful color lifting experience on darker haired clients. The better the color is lifted in the initial process, the less likely it will be to turn brassy at any later point.

Improper Care of Your Color
Aside from processed brassiness, there are a lot of ways in which you can aggravate or prevent having a brassy color of blonde locks.
Stay away from the color red, in any hair care product, no matter how you might need to use any of the sort in a pinch. One time can produce lasting results.

Shampoos that you use on lightened hair should be either formulated expressly to support the color of your hair, and/or be free of a lot of harsh detergent-type ingredients. They should be gentle and not contain any ingredients known to interfere in any way with your achieved color. Stay clear of parabens, sulfates and shampoos containing silicones, as these all can strip away that lovely color and turn it to brassiness. Believe it or not, a violet toned shampoo is going to be your best bet for blonde hair. The violet perfectly counteracts any brassiness, and will not leave any purple–or purple undertones in your hair.

Steer clear of all innocent, in-between processing products that bear any claims of having hair lightening potential, for all the reasons you might imagine–even something as seemingly innocuous as lemon juice can prove disastrous to chemically lightened hair.

Let’s keep the word “brass” where it belongs–either when referring to home furnishings, machine fittings or the symphony.

Woman with stylish hair highlights

Hair Color Trend Alert: Pumpkin Spice

Woman with stylish hair highlights

Everything starts coming up pumpkin spice in the fall. Of course, everyone’s favorite pumpkin spice latte makes its triumphant return to Starbucks, sending coffee lovers into a frenzy. But you’ll also start to see pumpkin spice making the rounds in cookies, cakes, donuts and other treats. Even scented candles get the popular pumpkin spice treatment.

Now you can enjoy not just the delicious taste of pumpkin spice, but also the beautiful look of it. This season’s hot hair color trend is inspired by the taste sensation that has everyone welcoming the return of fall. Pumpkin spice hair is a vibrant and warm color that will turn heads and have you looking right at home with the changing leaves.

Here are a few tips for getting this look for yourself:

Go to a Professional
Do not try this at home. Red hair dye is persnickety enough as it is, and pumpkin spice is a specialty color that requires a precise blending of hues to get right. You can’t get this color out of a box.

Go to a professional to get the precise color. Your colorist may also need to lift or color correct your current shade to provide the right base for the new color. These are things you would not be able to do at home — and likely don’t even know that you need to do.

Consider a Custom Blend
You don’t have to choose an all-over color to get this look. Consider changing up the color to rock a unique twist on the trend. For example, you might talk to your stylist about an ombre blend of pumpkin spice and another color in the red family. Or you might choose to add streaks of ruby or auburn to cut through the pumpkin spice and add dimension.

Talk to your stylist about the options to get a better understanding of what you might like and what might look best on you.

Get the Right Hair Care Products
Red hair dye fades out faster than other colors. Pumpkin spice is a specialty blend that will quickly turn to a generic copper hue before then fading out to a brownish/blondish hue, depending on the intensity. You need to purchase the right hair care products to protect the color and to make it last longer.

One of the most important things you’ll need is a quality sulfate-free shampoo that won’t strip the hair. Stay away from shampoos designed to enhance red hair. These are made to deposit red dye into the hair as you wash, and the colors in the shampoo can shift the balance of your color away from the pumpkin spice your stylist so painstakingly created.

So what are you waiting for? The weather is getting colder, and a trip to the salon for a whole new look is just what you need to feel reinvigorated. Why not try out this warm, new color that will leave you looking radiant and fresh? Plus, you’ll be right on trend.

Woman getting her hair styled.

Sizzling Hot Hair Trends to Try Now!

Woman getting her hair styled. /

Looking for a way to do a makeover that’ll give you a whole new take on things without a whole lot of over the top work and effort? Why not do something with your hair that will show the world that you are certainly up on the latest and the greatest. There are some really hot hair trends that are so distinctive they’re impossible to confuse with any other time.

hair bun

The Bun is Back
The newly trending bun is back, and hotter than ever, with a new character, from a prominently lower position, more at the nape of the neck. Works for casual, work and those dressy affairs, seamlessly and with changing up some accompanying accessories, the difference is distinguishable. This bun begins with a sharply lined center part. Taking the back section of your hair and all but a couple inches of the side sections moving toward the face and secure with an elastic ponytail holder. That section is to be rolled upward toward the head and then pinned to the head. Next, using the two side sections left out earlier, take them one at a time and wrap each one around the rolled up section and pin them to stay put. Top with an adequate spritz of shape-securing hair spray. Another type of bun is emerging as a tousled topknot, that is a messier form with great effects. Stick some antique chopsticks through this one, or other oddities for extra charm. Purposely leave out protruding ends and strands that dangle.

Ponytail hairstyle

Ponytail Styles
The ponytail is morphing into new and distinctive forms of flair for today’s hottest women. You’ve surely seen the low, low gathered ponytail, which is huge right now. Almost appearing to be an afterthought, this ponytail is super sexy and enticing. To dress it up, secure with some flashy metallic wrap or antique jeweled broach. The traditional higher ponytail is still in demand, but the modern one features purposefully pulling on precise strands of the ponytail to create some pouf and upward flounce on the other side of the elastic band that’s holding the do. All kinds of effects can be rendered to the ponytail itself, with interspersed crimping–not all of it, just some. Another effect is to curl large or small sections of the ponytail with a curling iron or pin curls–or take sections and braid them. When ready, either rake fingers through for a messy beauty, or try one of the new volumizing and mattifying powders for hair, and some brisk teasing for a bouncy, full and impressive statement-ponytail. It’s said that these effects are easier to accomplish on hair that has not been washed in a few days.

French twist hairstyle

A Twist on the French One
With a new wild, unkempt charm, the French twist is back. The once super-straight, conservative school marm French twist is out, and the new French do is in. Anything but straight, and more tousled and even lopsided, the “now” French twist has managed to turn yesterday’s “off limits” to today’s best sexy-aloof hairstyle, with tons of charm. Dry shampoo helps to secure these twists, and the fingers are used to make grooves in the hair as it is gathered and wrapped/rolled together, from the crown on down, being secured by bobby pins that are U-shaped as you go. The bottom can either be left protruding but somewhat gathered by bobby pins, or it can be further wound and stuffed back into the twist, next to the head. Leave some strands out. Then spray liberally.

Stylish man with bun hairstyle

Man Buns

Stylish man with bun hairstyle

If, upon reading the headline here, your eyes rapidly darted just below, to find the associated content that followed– in some type of eager expectation of finding a description, expose or promiscuous diatribe focused upon a specific area of the male anatomy, sorry to disappoint you. Anything of that nature is not what you will find here. We’re talking about what might be loosely considered to be an anatomical component, although it is certainly no longer a vital part of the living body. No, what you will find here is a foray on a currently trending hairstyle, and one that is being taken up by members of the male species. Not that women’s hair is excluded in any way from this style, but this is more based on a hairstyle that is new to men, and at the same time is not so particularly noteworthy, from being nothing new to women at all.

A Little Knowledge is Helpful
No, what you will find here is a somewhat brief attempt to showcase/explain/justify the latest burgeoning man-trend fashion of man-buns. The first thing to know about them is that they make a loud and proud (but particular) statement, and anyone should first learn about how wearing man braids will define them before they clip one or a couple onto their man head. Whether your hair is long enough to form your own man-bun or you must go buy one to wear whenever the “man bun” mood strikes, sporting a man bun is one of the bolder fashion statements you can make. When worn in the right circles, a man bun can immediately credit you with a certain belonging that might never be possible otherwise.

Benefits of a Clip-On
While the purchasable variety has received a market value of around $65, you can pick one up for under $10, plus S&H, and the clip on variety will allow you the freedom to switch modes, back and forth, as you are so inspired. This price range will give you your very own man bun made from artificial hair, and with the wide variety of colors available, you should be able to match one to your own hair color without too much difficulty.

Worth the Risk?
There are concerns over how going to the man bun as your default hair-wear could wind up balding you. A condition known as Traction Alopecia can occur when the hair is kept pulled tightly back regularly–after a while. This condition gets worse with time, and sometimes it’s sadly been incurred and well-advanced before it is even noticed by the bun-wearer. This form of balding is generally seen around the hairline, where it’s most noticeable, and when women have been surveyed as to their take on this trend, an overwhelming majority used words like “abhor,” “never,” “feminine” and even “hate–” so…

We would love to hear from you! Tell us what YOU think about “man buns” – love, hate, could care less?? Could this be a fad that fades or lasts?

Vintage Waves

50s Hairstyle How-To: Vintage Waves

Vintage Waves

Among the many hairstyles that are forever associated with the decade lasting between 1950 and 1960, perhaps the particular waves of the time are among the most notable elements that come to mind. It’s important to remember that women of the 50s had nowhere near the myriad of hair styling tools that we have today; not even handheld blow dryers. This meant that the hair had to typically be styled while wet or damp, or spritzed with water before even beginning to style it, and the most commonly known time to style hair was at night, just before going to bed. This was because the length of time necessary for the hair to “take” the intended shape was best found during the night, when no one would see a woman with her hair unstyled. While today, most women would not be all that bothered if someone were to see her hair in curlers, back in the 50s, it was supremely embarrassing, and to be avoided at all costs. This was one of the prominent ways in which scarves served a dire purpose.

A “Must-Be” Beauty, With Many Limitations
There were few salons and few products for women to use in getting the hairstyle they most wanted, and in the 50s, the precise level of beauty women attained was almost shamefully important, as back then, women were (inappropriately) saddled with the responsibility of hanging onto their boyfriends and husbands by making sure to always look gorgeous. So, with limitations in every sense of the word, women would work tirelessly on getting their hair to look like the styles of Hollywood leading women of the day. The most commonly known devices for styling hair were sponge curlers, home perms, bobby pins for pin curls, and the form of hair rolling passed from many previous generations–rags, for rag-tied curls. There were special plastic clips that had special teeth on either side to grip the hair, thereby forcing it into a wave, but these had to be used one after another, in succession, the full length of the hair to the ends.

Product Supply Deficit
In fortifying the curls, many women would use a styling gel called Dippity Do, which, depending on how heavily it was applied, would dry to a crisp-holding power that would last and last. Women who could not find or afford to buy Dippity Do would sometimes use sugar water, but this wound up mostly being more attractive to bees than men. Today’s women have the benefit of many styling products to help achieve a variety of holding strengths they desire.

Getting the Look You Desire
First, decide between all over waves and wavy ends, which are both 50s styles. Rags, sponge rollers (you can still buy,) and even curling wands can help you to achieve these. Just focus on the ends of your hair, not to exceed more than 3 to 4 inches of curl, starting at the ends. If you have bangs, you can curl them too; to frame the face, or leave them straight. For larger waves, simply use bigger rollers, much thicker rags or a large-barreled curling wand. The waves that run throughout the hair can best be created by first curling with an appropriately sized curling wand barrel, and then taking each freshly heat-curled section and pinning it still curled, with bobby pins, to the head. You don’t have to use the curling wand, but it’ll save a significant amount of time, if you do. These pin curls should involve sections of your hair from all over your head, in approximately one-inch square sections. With both methods, you can spray your hair while “set” with hairspray for a better hold. When you take out the rollers, rags or pins, the distinction of the 50s hairstyles is that you will need to use a bristle brush to thoroughly brush through your hair–no form of raking through your hair with your fingers here, Ladies. The 50s were defined by order, and this certainly encompassed hairstyles. You can stop here, or add a headband, scarf, bow or ponytail–for beautiful 50s waves.


50s Hairstyles to Try Now

Women of the 50s had trendy styles that encompassed every possible length of hair, with one particular common element, and that was curls. Primarily, the 50s curls were either worn as distinctive ringlets that were obviously independent of each other, or they might be styled to form one continuous roll, typically at the bottom of the hair ends. Waves were big, and there were special clips that women used to set their hair with, to create those waves. The leading form of creating lasting curls was found in what was a more “permanent” solution, or “wave”–now referred to strictly as a permanent. The Toni Company sold a product that was used by women whose hair was straight, or just not able to hold curls for very long. These permanents were performed typically in the kitchen, and produced a characteristic odor that was anything but pleasant, but women–long known to suffer for their beauty–persisted in the effort.

50s perm

Permanent Holding Power
The thing was that the curling process did not end with the completed perm. The signature tight and more or less unruly and unkempt look a perm gave a woman’s hair might be just wonderful as one of today’s rocking styles–but not in the 50s. It would have been unheard of to be seen with any curling effort that stopped at a perm. The 50s perm was strictly performed to give the hair a type of “curl memory,” or body that would more easily assume the shape intended by being subsequently rolled on hair rollers of a variety of sizes. And there were no blow dryers and curling wands, either. Just rollers and hairspray. And it was quite common to sleep all night with rollers securing the hair all over one’s head. Ouch!

Pin-up hairstyle.

Easy Curling
Finger curls, or pin curls were easier to sleep on and highly popular, and for these, all you need are a brush or comb, some bobby pins and a little time. After being set for a suitable time–like after sleeping in them overnight, You take them out, and use a brush to organize the curls into joined waving and curling effects that form the hairdo. Nothing messy or tousled here–hair was controlled, and it showed. To copy a popular form of curled hair from the 50s, you can use pin curls or your curling wand to create a succession of curls that frame your face and run the extent of your hair ends, all the way around, with the hair from the scalp to the curls being rather flat, straight and close to the head.


For anyone willing to contend with the aftermath, there are many fabulous 50s hairstyles to try that involved teasing. Bouffants and beehives were what gave half ups, French twists and more their 50s characteristic flavor. The higher, the more these looks rock. Just be prepared to spend a good chunk of time and patience and conditioner to detangle the teasing, and if you aren’t, stick with the safer 50s curls.