I spent the weekend at my fathers place in the Stockholm Archipelago. Blessed with both snow and a clear blue sky, this did wonders for my mood. I can sense spring budding around the corner. November, dusk, winter and beautiful gloominess in all its’ glory, but nothing hits me quite like knowing spring is around the corner.
Today my recently purchased snoods arrived.
These hand knit hair nets were all the rage in the 40s when curls needed to be protected from weather and wind, or unsightly straight hair hidden away for the day. They’re all in all a very versatile, period correct and over-all fun accessory, and will save you a lot of time! Just pin your hair up in a little pompadour, bouffant or victory roll in front, and pin your snood over the hair in the back! Very vintage, very practical, and very stylish.
I got these from Ebay, and you should be able to find similar ones simply by googling ‘hand crocheted vintage snood’ or something similar. I purchased several colours to be able to mix and match with my outfits. A gray or brown to match a suit, or a red to spark things up a little. They are available in all sorts of patterns. Flowers, diamonds and grids are popular. Mine are a grid.
Having been trying to avoid boxing-day sales, I’ve limited my shopping to essentials. Here are a few items I picked up the other day.
Regarding brushes, I often get asked why I prefer cheaper brushes to more expensive alternatives such as Mason Pearson or the likes. It’s quite simply a question of efficiency and economy. With daily use, my brushes simply get clogged up, worn out and dirty. I tend to replace these every few months, as they get grimey and are almost impossible to clean. This is part due to setting lotion, hair-spray, oils, mousses and other producs I use on my hair, but mostly due to dust! When you leave victory rolls in over night, wear a snood or hair net, or even spray the heck out of a pin curl set, your hair will seem to suck up a fair bit of dust as you go about with your day (and night). This dust all comes out when you brush it through, and as if by magic always manages to cling to the hair brush. So instead of splurging, I prefer buying a cheaper brush that is always in stock, very replaceable, and does a great job. Now for the palette.
I’ve never done a lot of contouring when doing my makeup. It wasn’t done to any great extent in the 1940s and 50s, and I have thus avoided it for obvious reasons. Being a very trendy make up technique today it is frequently seen on celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and the likes. Contouring has a striking, but quite contemporary feel, and thus isn’t something I’d naturally move towards incorporating in my look. But curious as I am, I thought I’d experiment a little, and see if I could contour gently and invisibly without going full Kardashian. So if my face all of a sudden starts looking completely different – you’ll know why! Ha.
Every now and then I receive questions regarding different topics from some of you lovely instagram-followers, and the other day I received a question concerning my hair-routine, and how I go about it weekly. As I had written my response to the girl who had asked me, I reckoned all of you might be interested in hearing, too. Thus, I thought I’d give you a run-down of a normal hair-week, discussing not necessarily setting patterns and products, but rather my various hair solutions for stressy mornings, or can’t-be-bothered-days.
To begin with, my hair is very, very thick, naturally quite straight, and sucks up moisture like the Kalahari. It is cut in a shoulder length, no-layers, no-fuss hairstyle. Being so thick, using rollers or other heated tools isn’t necessarily the best option for my hair, so I tend to avoid these. Albeit rendering a beautiful result (I’ve achieved some of my very best sets with my hot rollers), my curls simply won’t hold. The time it takes in the morning for rollers to heat up, get put in hair, and then cool down is much too long for me to want to do it on a daily basis. I do use my BaByliss I-curl every now and then to give the very ends of my hair a slight bend when I haven’t been bothered to set it all.
When I do set my hair, I usually make use of some good old normal double armed pin curl prongs, and do flat curls all around. I always do my sets on dry hair, dampened with setting lotion, as a wet set simply won’t dry. I then sleep on my set, and brush it out in the morning, and pray to God the weather is nice and dry. If it isn’t nice – I wear a scarf covering my hair like any old Hollywood actress would. If it is nice – I wear a scarf anyway. A thorough post on the setting of my hair will be up soon.
Once day of beautiful set-hair is over, the curls are usually quite flat and boring. I pin the curls up, as if I were to pin curl them again, but in one big section, when I get home, and put on a scarf to keep them as intact as possible throughout the night. Next morning, if the curls are somewhat nice, I brush them out and wear them another day, OR do a pair of victory rolls in front, and brush out only in back. This has become my go-to look, as my hair for some reason prefers to keep some curl at the back. I usually wear these victory rolls for two to three days, and set the hair in back either in pin curls or with rollers to touch them up. For the days of can’t-be-bothered, I wear my hair under a scarf, either covering all of it, or with victory rolls in front.
Being so thick (read: heavy) and fond of all things moist, my curls generally never last more than a day or so. Therefore, I am stuck with solutions that make use of the slight wave that is left after the curls fall out or find vintage solutions to straight hair. Sometimes I wish I could just wear a wig, or move someplace with less damp weather! But until then – I do what I can. I hope that this little run-down of the every-day styles I wear have been of use. I’d love to hear about how you style your hair! What is your go to look? Also, if any of you would be interested in ‘how to’s of any of the looks, just tell me.