I remember in the 1990s all the girls (and some really brave boys) would decorate their hairstyles with hairpins. The list includes every popstar, indie singer, actress, artist, club kid or fashion person who was someone back then, plus all my friends. The September issue of British Vogue featured a really interesting piece on hairpins by Jo Ellison. So, the pin has made a comeback. I decided to do three different hairstyles with pins and Marina Stat did three make-up looks. For Celia’s first look I was inspired by the hair at the Cacharel a/w 2012 show. I just decided to use gold pins instead of wildly coloured ones, in order to accentuate the honey blond colour I’ve been giving her for some time. I also did some waves to give it a more prominent vintage/romantic feel. I used a lot of pins at the back too and avoided the simple bun, so the final result looks more like a 1920s wavy bob.
Backstage at the Cacharel a/w 2012 rtw show (couldn’t find photo credit for this picture).
For the second look I went for pin-curls to decorate this half-up bohemian hairdo. The rest of the hair I waved slightly, to give it a natural and carefree feel. Pin-curls were really popular between 1920’s and 1960’s, when a lot of women did them on wet hair and waited for them to dry in order to style their hair. The pin-curl here is not something you do at home while wearing your nightgown, worrying cause your husband sees you like this. It’s something you feel proud of having on your head, like any other ornament used to beautify your hairstyle.
an example of how women used to do pin-curls to style their hair.
The inspiration behind the third look is simply the undercut. I’ve written countless times about how an undercut is going to be a hell of a fuss to grow out again. I used gel to mimic it in my previous post. This time it’s pins. Mind you, you don’t have to colour co-ordinate your pins with the colour of your hair, as a striking contrast can have a striking effect as well. This look is more on the wild side, hence Celia’s wearing leather.
Dimitris was wondering how he can style his hair now that it’s grown so long. You can use gel but that doesn’t mean that your hair has to be flat. If you flatten one side though, you can imitate an undercut (without the pain of growing back shaved hair). He was wondering if the hairstyle I gave him would last because he wanted to go dancing that night and I assured him that nothing would move. This is exactly what he told me the next day. 100% success.
I cut and styled Evripidis’s hair but didn’t want to take pictures of a haircut against a white background this time. Greg and Kostas helped a lot in making this little horror story so I thank you both publicly. Here’s a very loved video by Evripidis and his tragedies:
I cut Michael’s hair and I have to say that this is my version of the classic men’s haircut in 2012. A side parting doesn’t necessarily make you look geeky.
I cut Myrto’s hair and it’s basically a one-length haircut with a few shorter layers at the front. I then came up with three looks for early fall and Marina Stat did the make-up.
1. The classic wave (from mid-lengths to ends). This is for the girl who’s sick of summer, natural and fuss-free hair by now and is really dying to make a hair statement back in the city. I suppose many of you are tired (as much as I am) of 1940’s-inspired hair by now. It’s been on every catwalk and in every magazine for at least seven years now. A way to re-invent it then, is to keep the hair from the roots to the mid-lengths totally straight, even flat. It’s definitely less fuss than doing the whole head. Think more Lana Del Rey and less editorial.
2. The messy, wavy, low ponytail. This is for the girl who wants to make a hair statement but still feels it’s too hot to let her hair down. Plus she’s soooo bored of the bun she wore her hair in throughout the summer. All you are going to need is a tiny elastic hair band, a thick curling tong, a bit of hairspray and a lot of pins. This is really simple to do and it will look much more intricate.
3. Big beach hair. This is for the girl who just won’t accept that summer is over. She’s doing everything she can to maintain her suntan, hydrating and exfoliating her skin like crazy and still goes to the beach regularly. But no visit to the beach is required to get this look. All you need is teasing your wavy hair (natural or by a curling tong) and shaking your head till you’re dizzy while spraying lots of hairspray on it. Who’s to say if the texturized result is the product of a day at the beach or not???
While watching the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, a performance of Arctic Monkeys caught my eye. And it was because of Alex Turner’s (the singer) hair. He had a rockabilly hairstyle but I wasn’t too fond of the way he wore it. So when I last cut Michael’s hair, I transformed him into a rockabilly guy but drew hair inspiration from Slim Jim Phantom, the drummer for Stray Cats (an American rockabilly band, big in the 1980’s). I guess I have a thing for the curl in the middle of the forehead.
Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. (couldn’t find photo credit for these pictures).
Stray Cats in the 1980’s. Slim Jim Phantom is the guy on the left (couldn’t find photo credit for this picture).