Post # 17
go to a different salon.
Im a cosmetologist and although finger waves are extremely hard to do… she did a pretty good job… just the overall pin curls on the bottom and the whole execution wasnt so much….
youll get it figured out! just try a couple diff places!
keep me updated!
Post # 18
I have asked stylists many a time for retro dos and have had worse fails than you have just expereinced. I hate to generalise, but I have no other way to say this than some stylists have no idea what a retro style entails because htey don’t get the old references (too young and do not get the old pop culture references). I once asked for an old holywood wave and what I got were greasy fingerwaves that did not dry properly because the stylist had put too much product in my hair.
Post # 19
I think something the pictures have that your hair doesn’t is color dimension that really makes the curls/layers of the updos pop. If you got subtle, natural-looking highlights that gave some dimension, that could help. It also seems as though there is some styling product missing in these hairstyles. I think some shine spray/pomade could do wonders for making them feel more finished and glamorous.
Post # 20
^^ agreed – the finsihing isn’t quite there. There needs to be a finishing product put in that gives your hair style and holds the structure of the style. This was key for old hollywood. No idea what they used back in the day. I would also try shopping around for a stylist that frequently does this sort of style if you are worried.
Post # 21
I know I’m too late to help this time, but for anyone else having the same problem I can offer a little advice.
Many hairdressers have problems with proper vintage styles, simply because they are never trained on how to create them and until recently very few people actually asked for them.
In this case, the secret missing ingredient is pomade. Good, old-fashioned pomade. I use Black & Whites Orginal Pluko pomade, but there are several good brands out there (Hawleywoods in the USA is amazingly good). Just a little rubbed onto the hands before styling makes a world of difference, especially when you’ve finished ‘brushing out’ a pin curl set.
The best thing to do with a hairdresser who is unfamiliar with the style you want to go for, is to try and find a setting guide and step by step instructions to take with you to your trial. Many online vintage communities have resources to help and people like LisaFremontStreet on YouTube have the most amazing tutorials. I can also strongly recommend a book called ‘Vintage Hairstyling’ by Lauren Rennells.
Hope this can help other people find the look they want 🙂