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Friday, March 15, 2013

Gearing up for VLV 16: Short Vintage Hairstyles

In preparation for Viva Las Vegas, I'm doing a series of videos dealing with a variety of things associated w/ the event. I hope you're all enjoying those! Last week, I did a tutorial for the line dance the ladies do at events like these: The Sex Kitten Stroll:

This week, I did a couple of videos that deal with packing and wardrobe ideas:

However this blog post is in association with another video I did last week, a short pin curled hair tutorial:

I've been meaning to do a blog post about short vintage hairstyles for a while now, and this seemed an appropriate occasion since last week's video only addresses one length and style. Many people feel that vintage hair stops at Victory Rolls and Rita Hayworth waves but in actuality, short hair was common during every decade. If a short 'do is your aesthetic choice, don't feel stifled by pictures in modern hair magazines that tell you what is acceptable. Adorable short haircuts can be found simply by browsing the 'interwebs' for photos of your favorite classic glamour girls. Below are some photos of great vintage short cuts that I felt deserved some attention:
1. The Hat-Girl:

Hats were MADE for short hair. If you are a hat wearer, never underestimate the added appeal the hat will automatically hold when coupled with a close crop.

2.The Siren

While Ava Gardner's shoulder brushing locks in The Killers definitely made a statement, most people remember her for the short hairstyle you popularized in the 50's. It was soft and alluring and devastatingly sexy. A shorter version of the Gene Tierney look from the tutorial. And it's ideal for thick wavy hair.

3.The Marilyn:
Worth mentioning because Monroe's short blonde hair remained her trademark for the duration of her career and proved that long lustrous tresses were not necessary for sex symbol status. Beware though: this style can easily become matronly if not paired with youthful fashion and glowing makeup. Just take a look at your local blue-hair beauty parlor. Octogenarians adore this style and have likely worn it since their hey-day.

4.The Sophia:
Another look that can potentially be matronly, this soft short style worn by young Sophia Loren is just darling on brunettes and looks ADORABLE on most girls. Just be careful not to overtease the top, which can bring to mind 80's hair instead.

5. The Sabrina:
Audrey Hepburn's short cut in Roman Holiday and Sabrina are proof positive that a lovely face can only benefit by a short face framing cut. If low maintenance is your thing, take a lesson from Miss Hepburn who showed off her beautiful neck and huge doe eyes to their best advantage when she took this plunge.

6. The Pixie:
Made famous by elfin faced girls like Mia Farrow and Leslie Caron in the 60's, the pixie cut is the most committed of all 'vintage hairstyles' and still remains popular today. If your features are petite, a pixie cut can be just the thing to give you that bold entrance with the most minimal amount of effort.

Lastly, if you do choose to go with a short cut, don't forget to stock up on accessories. Flower clips, scarves, headbands, fascinators, and the aforementioned hats can keep a short haircut fresh, interesting, and occasion appropriate. And if you made the cut before heading to Viva, we pin curling girls envy you the time you'll get to spend OUT of the room while we're still shaping a wave.