Gwen Stephani’s hair

I am a huge fan of Gwen Sephani, especially when it comes to her fashion choices. Do you remember this picture of her from the Billboard Music Awards?


Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! Well, you’ll be pleased to know the someone has bothered to break down how to do this hairstyle! Over at Bobby Pin Blog, Lauren takes you through step-by-step on how to achieve this look. Here’s a little preview (in case you haven’t already clicked over to the post!)


The sections of the style are asymmetric. One side of the top section is parted above the outer eyebrow. The other side of the top section parts starting at the hairline about an inch above the ear. Clip this out of the way.

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Take all of the rest of the hair and create a French twist. The ends are not tucked in above the twist at this point. I am actually going to use the ends to help create some stamina for the pompadour. This doll has a decent amount of hair, so if you have fine hair, a rat may help you here.


For more detailed instructions on hair basics such as curling and setting, check out Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques. I have the book and I love it. If you have questions about the book, click the link above and check it out or ask me a question and I’ll do my best to answer.

Three steps of the ‘Five-Step’

Three steps of the 'Five-Step' by Trevira.

7th June 1924.
Here Santos Casani makes an appearance in Popular Music and Dancing Weekly magazine, demonstrating the first three steps of the ‘Five-Step’ – steps four and five were published the following week.

Trevira wrote a post about Mr Casani here. You might not realize it, but you’ve probably seen him before!

Hair – how to tutorial

Lisa Freemont Street has some great hair tutorials on you tube. She is quite the glamour girl and clearly a fan of classic cinema and rockabilly culture. What I like about her videos is that they move along quickly and she the main points are written out. Here is her most recent video:

This video is a mixture of two styles, a more casual and a more formal one. It’s rather simple in the front, but still very lovely.

She has a myriad of videos on her page. Check out her Classic Pinup Series, Starlet Series, and Authentic Hair Technique from the 40s.

1920’s Hair Tutorial

If you have long hair, here’s a nice way to pin it up into a 1920’s style:

By Iris.

A few words about hair in during the 20s:

The Flapper era began with the look called “comme le garcon” (or, “like the boy”), straightening and shortening skirts and dresses, slimming figures and—most shocking of all—cutting the hair of the nation’s fashionable young women. Short hair was a big deal: nice girls kept their hair long, as a metaphor for maidenhood. For a woman to chop her hair short was to practically admit she was no longer a virgin. But women went more than a step further than a boyish haircut and tendency to party; they began smoking in public—something no “lady” did. They outfit themselves with silk robes embroidered with vintage inspired floral motifs. They discarded the restrictive girdles and corsets and bound their breasts flat to achieve an even more “masculine” appearance in their costumes. And they wore lots and lots of makeup.

The bobbed haircut made the nineteen twenties Flapper movement what it was, and sent many young women to their rooms in disgrace “until it grows back!”. The Bob hairstyle was a blunt cut worn halfway between cheekbone and chin. Bangs could be worn cut straight across or swept to one side. Like the made up face, hair didn’t look “natural”; it was slicked down, glistening with brilliantine. The Shingle, which followed the Bob, cut the hair at the nape in a V-shape, exposing the neck. Shingles were accompanied by marcelled finger waves or spit curls at the temples. The most drastic version of the Flapper hairdo was the Eton crop, cut very short and close to the head, with a curl plastered tightly above either ear.

Excerpts from Free Beauty.