Our Vintage Bride Sophie is back this week with a really helpful post on styling vintage wedding hair.
Vintage Wedding Hair
I promised I’d be back to vintage business in my next post so let’s shimmy to it!
So you’ve decided to go vintage on your big day… just how vintage you go I will leave you to decide but a vintage or vintage-style dress definitely requires a vintage style hair do!
Firstly, you can find lots of era-specific inspiration in the Pinterest boards I put together for 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s weddings. I also wrote a series of posts on each of these eras to help and inspire you so choose a hairstyle you are happy with and then consider the following…
In the lead up to our wedding I had hoped a hairdresser friend would do my hair on the day but after a trial and a couple of failed attempts it became clear that the look I wanted wasn’t achievable without a lot of practice and some vintage-training.
At this point I was due to attend a vintage wedding fair in Swansea. I immediately spotted a lady styling hair in a corner; most vintage wedding fairs have one or two – I could stand and watch them working their magic all day. Retro hair styling is an actual art! I watched in awe as she sculpted the most immaculate victory rolls I had ever seen. She charged £10 for a trial on the day, an absolute bargain and I immediately realised that I needed her but her skills came at a price and cut backs had to be made.
When you book a vintage stylist, you are paying for training most hairdressers don’t have. The techniques used require patience and lots and lots of practice. The amount you pay is dictated by a number of factors.
Firstly it depends just how vintage you want your wedding to look. You could choose to make-over your entire bridal party or you could choose to focus on yourself. I chose to go the whole hog. I didn’t plan to marry again and styling has always been a love of mine so I thought ‘to heck with it’ and paid for myself, my four bridesmaids and my mother to be transformed into 1950s bombshells. Our hairdresser worked tirelessly from 7am through to 12pm and there wasn’t a hair out of place. I couldn’t have been happier. I wouldn’t like to say how much I paid (I did get married three years ago) but it stretched the budget and I believe it was a little pricier than a ‘modern day’ hairdresser.
Secondly, the distance the hairdresser needs to travel will make a difference. This is usually the case with most wedding stylists so you are usually better off finding someone as local as possible. Vintage hair stylists are harder to come by than standard wedding stylists so you should start your search early to ensure they are available on your day and to avoid disappointment.
If you have lots of time and have a hairdresser who is willing to learn to create the look you desire then you could book in for multiple trials but in all honesty, and having spoken to various hairdressers, if a hairdresser wants your wedding booking and they can’t create the style you want, they will practice in their own time. You are not putting them out by requesting this – they will have additional skills which they can use in the future – and you shouldn’t have to pay extra. If they are not willing to do this then you are perfectly within your rights to find someone who can, so it is always worth asking!
If however, you don’t wish to spend much on hair but still want to achieve a well-rounded vintage look on your day, there are ways!
I have a copy of Style Me Vintage – Hair by Belinda Hay and highly recommend it. It is great for complete beginners and it’s a fantastic book to get you started. It is full of step-by-step guides to achieving various vintage looks from a beehive to a fifties pony tail. You could get the girls over and practice over a bottle of wine but you will need to practice a lot, and regularly, so don’t leave it to the last minute!
If books aren’t your thing, head over to YouTube. Cherry Dollface is an absolute pro. She will teach you everything you need to know, from immaculate hairstyling to perfect eyeliner flicks. She has a series of videos specifically for weddings too so not only can she teach you how to style your hair in the comfort of your own home but she will show you how to ensure your make up is applied correctly and will see you through your day. Here is the link to her YouTube channel so subscribe away!
And if you have no time to practice or it just isn’t happening for you, Mia Farrow looked incredible when she married Frank Sinatra. Just saying ;-)
Good luck and please send in your vintage wedding photos!
Love Sophie x