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Take a look at this bad boy.

About US$20 from Etsy seller AmazingCollection4U. I can’t remember exactly, because I bought it a while ago and have only just gotten round to blogging about it.

So far, only one minor problem; my friend pulled it off my neck the first day I got it and the clasp came off! Everything was OK though, it’s pretty easy to fix, and the chain is long enough that the clasp isn’t even necessary anyway. To change the time all you have to do is pull the pin type thing upwards and then twist it until the hands are set to the right time, then push the pin back. All in all, it’s good πŸ™‚

Bye bye,

UsuallyComatose xx

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Bettie Page

Bettie Bangs

Bettie Bangs is the name given to a rounded-type fringe which sort of curves under and upwards, if that makes any sense. The model Bettie Page first made Bettie Bangs famous (hence the name).

Now, most people who have Bettie Bangs actually have the cut fringe, and then curl it under with curling tongs or hot rollers. It’s much much easier if you have the actual fringe, but I’mΒ not really quite so sure whether I like the bangs on me yet, so I’ve used a bit of an adaptation. If you just want to see if it’ll look good, or if you would prefer Bettie Bangs for maybe just a night out, then you can curl the entire front bit of your hair under and then pin it. This is the type I’ll be explaining to you. It’s much much easier if you have the actual fringe. I’ll do my best to explain how it’s done, but there’s the video that I used to help me at the bottom of the page if my instructions are really that poor πŸ™‚

You’ll need a brush/comb, hairspray, bobby pins, curling tongs/straightening irons, and either heat protection spray or a spray-bottle of water.

Step #1

Grab the front of your hair. If you want, you can put it in a centre parting and then bring a bit to the front. Personally, I don’t think a side parting would look all that good with Bettie Bangs, but if you want to try it, it’s completely up to you. If you want, you can put the back and sides of your hair up out of the way for the time being.

This is my really badly drawn MS paint diagram of the way the top of your head should look at this point.

Step #2

Comb the front bit really well. You want it to be pretty damn smooth, otherwise your bang will look a bit like a dead ferret. You can spray it with some water or heat protection spray now, and then comb that well along the hair so that it doesn’t all just clog in one area.

Step #3

Use your curling tongs to curl the hair underneath itself, starting pretty close to the roots. Do not burn yourself. Trust me, I have done it. It hurts.

The vertical lines represents the normal bits of hair. It's a side view diagram ^_^

Step #4

If the roll has fallen back down now, don’t worry. Just roll it back up with your fingers and pin it underneath so you can’t see the pins. You might need a few bobby pins under there. You can adjust the roll with your fingers to get it into the right shape, and sort of curves the edges around a little more, into a sort of U-shape.

Step #5

Spray it with just the right amount of hairspray from a good distance. Spray too much/too close, you flatten it. Spray too far away/too little, it flops over later.

Stupid half-smile there, I'm sorry.

I think I still need a bit more practice, but I’ve pretty much got the basic style sorted out. If you’re wondering why I look like a washed-out, messy zombie, it’s because I was only trying the style to see if it fit my face. I would look better if I was going out with the Bettie Bangs, I promise πŸ™‚

This is the video I got the basic tutorial from; the only difference is that I didn’t bother with the victory rolls.

http://www.youtube.com/user/LadyLuckHairMakeup

I got an invitation via Facebook to have a look at the Vintage Life magazine; and it’s actually really useful, to my surprise. I’ve had a little read of some of the articles from the first issue, and they seem pretty good πŸ™‚ Plus there are fairly big vintage names in there, ie Lisa Freemont Street, Strawberry Koi and whatnot. Verdict is that I like it.

http://www.vintagelifemagazine.com/

This was a nice long post, wasn’t it? πŸ™‚

Bye bye,

UsuallyComatose xx

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After shamelessly neglecting the blog for a good two months, I honestly will start posting often again. Maybe not every day, but at least a couple of times a week or something.

And so we move Β onto proper vintage hairstyles, beginning with:

Victory Rolls

A bit of background:

Victory rolls are basically just rolls of hair pinned to the top or sides of the head. It’s a bit easier to do than most of the other vintage styles I’ve seen, but it will take a little bit of practice. They’re named for the V-shape that the hair creates when it’s all done properly. To do it, you’ll need a comb with a rattail, hairpins, hairspray, and possibly some curling tongs to start the curl and make it easier. I found the following video really helpful in explaining what to do…

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThePinUpSweetShoppe

Unfortunately, my victory rolls just don’t look as nice as hers 😦 I think I need a little more practice. And longer hair.

Classic case of nice hair, shame-about-the-face I'm afraid πŸ™‚

So that’s all for now, kids! I know how awfully lazy I am, but I hope to be updating more often. I have a Bettie Bangs style ready to post πŸ™‚

Bye bye,

UsuallyComatose xx

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