For too long, I believed that, in order to do the vintage hairstyles, my hair had to be all one length. Pin curls and using hot rollers worked great, but something was lacking.
|My pin curl style in 2011.|
I would view photos and movies of some of my style inspirations like Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Gene Tierney, et al, and wonder WHY I could not get my hair nice and curly in front with those soft waves in the back...
|Ava Gardner--look at how the curls frame her face and only the lower border of the back of her hair. That's what I want!|
|The ethereal Gene Tierney|
One day, I happened to be browsing vintage hair stylists on Instagram, and noticed one mentioned giving a client a "horseshoe trim." What? I looked this up and only found some...erm...interesting buzz cut styles! So, I hit YouTube to see what I could find out about vintage hair cuts.
This video about vintage haircuts by Lisa FreemontStreet mentioned "the middy cut," which I had never heard of before!
I downloaded the image of the "middy plus" hairstyle and went to work a bit nervously on my hair. I had vowed to never have layers again, as I thought it would hinder my ability to do rolls, but I've since styled very layered hair on other women, so I thought...Why not? Time for a slight change anyway, isn't it? I kept it longer than recommended in the diagram, as I knew that it would be shorter after curling.
My result the next day, after setting it in pin curls the night before...
|First cut and curl result in December.|
Turns out what was missing was a good brush-out! My hair in the picture below looks longer in the above photo because the tight curls have been brushed into waves.
|After a brush-out...And with a little roll in front. :)|
Still, wanted to experiment some more, and shortened one side of my "bangs" some more, to get a more face-framing curl. It turned out shorter than I wanted, but still, okay.
|After trimming the front bangs and setting in pin curls.|
I'm slowly getting to where I want my style to be, I think, though I have a lot to learn about curler placement, and especially about using hot rollers, which is a very different experience since getting the middy.
|This is how it looks now, after styling with hot rollers. Getting closer to that vintage style!|
Well, I'll keep trying to get the more authentic look that I've been wanting, and also I'm going to experiment with hair rolls and up-dos. I'm happy so far with the versatility of the middy cut, and also that I have less hair, so it washes and dries faster, yet I can still style it.
So don't be afraid to try out a middy cut! If you go to a salon, make sure they know how to do this style the old-fashioned way, and don't let them use razor shears or thinning scissors, as you'll get a totally different effect. The hair looks a bit choppy when it isn't styled, so if you don't want to dedicate to styling it on a regular basis, this cut might not be for you.
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