I sometimes feel like I’ve been growing out my hair since I was 8 years old. It was then that I had decided to cut my hair like a pixie. It didn’t work. I was a little over weight, with blond eyelashes and eyebrows, and I didn’t wear dresses so I looked every part the tomboy. I hated it. So, it’s funny that I still find myself cutting my hair short just as it finally gets to that mid-back length. It’s getting to that point again, and I’m determined not to get out the scissors, so I’m learning how-to do more up-dos, curls and other fun stuff. I came across some great examples on Yahoo! of long hair of the past and thought I would share their long locks.
I’ll also post some of my own examples when I can get my sister to help me. She’s a professional hair stylist and can do some amazing up-dos.
It’s believed that Eveyln Nesbit was just 14 when she started modeling for artists and fashion photographers during the turn of the 20th century. She became the face of many products, such as Coca Cola. She also became the the cover of women’s magazine of the period, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, The Delineator, the Women’s Home Companion, Ladies’ Home Journal and Cosmopolitan. According to Yahoo!, she “singlehandedly popularized cascading, pre-Raphaelite locks in the early 1900s.”
This photo is of Evelyn Nesbit is by photographer Gertrude Käsebier. I love hair here – so simple and natural, with soft, romantic curls falling over her shoulders. When my hair is just a little bit longer I’m going to give this one a try.
Born in November of 1922, Veronica was known for her role in Sullivan’s Travels and for her femme fatale roles in film noir with Alan Ladd, during the 1940s.
But, for this blog post, it’s her peek-a-boo hairstyle that we’re noting. Long, beautiful waves frame her face and a ripple that covers one eye, causing a dramatic gaze. I’ve done this look myself by using a large curling iron and wrapping the hair around the iron, and then combing through so that the curls move together and become a soft wave. I don’t think my hair was long enough yet and it looked a little poofy. Gotta get my sister to help me with it, with photos to prove it.
I’ve always loved Stevie Nicks voice, both in her solo career and her work with Fleetwood Mac. I like this work, but all those layers would make it hard to work with for up-dos. I think if I just let my hair dry naturally then it would have those natural haphazard waves and wispy-gypsy look.
Who knows, maybe that’s what I need – a little bit more layers in my strawberry blond locks. My sister recommended it last time she styled my hair, but I was resisting because I was worried it might be the first step toward short hair, again. I guess it’s time to leave it to the professionals!