Most of us costumers know we can spend hours on the hair alone. The rats, the wigs, the hair pieces, ribbons and bows…all so it can be covered with a poke bonnet! The more of your own hair you have to use, the nicer (and more authentic) the look and the less likely it will end up on the floor of your car before you even get to your event. That is why I decided to grow my hair out.
As a teen, I had hair to my waist but over the years it got shorter and shorter. At first it was to be stylish but later on it became shorter so I’d be drawing attention to my eyes and not my double chin. Hair acts as a frame…long hair looks great on a face that is lovely top to bottom. But, when the bottom half of your face plumps or wrinkles up it is best to focus on the eyes…or so I’ve heard.
When I decided to grow my hair long, I knew I’d have to wear it up most of the time to keep from looking older and fatter and to keep from roasting alive at work (work is kept hotter than all other places I go because the seniors living there find normal temperatures cold.) I wanted a style that suited my Victorian interests, gave my face hight not width and didn’t take all day to do or to maintain. Thus the tamed down Gibson Girl was “invented”. I posted a photo previously. Today I will show you how to do it.
Disclaimer: I have very thick and wavy hair. This works for me but I wont claim it will work for any one else.
Start with the hair down and combed out. Warning…you are about to see me hair down and no make up…yeee gads!
The next step is to take a brush and pull the front (sides and top) up to the top of the head.
Hold that front hair on top of your head and push it a bit forward to that it is not tight to the scalp.
Then you need to…
Why is it doing your hair and taking photographs will cause “goofy face syndrome”?
Once the hair is bundled up….
The next bit is a bit tricky to explain but here goes. Make a gap in the hair between the elastic and your head.
Coming from underneath, push the tail back through the hole.
The next step is to…
Then you need to…
I originally thought of cropping this photograph to remove the mirror image of myself but it was just too funny….I had to share!
We are in the home stretch now.
Next comes the finishing touches.
I wanted the top fuller so…
Sometimes if it is humid
To fix that I dampen the hair and wrap it around my finger to create
A little hair spray and make up and you get this.
And for the side view….
For an 1890-1900s outfit, I would want much BIGGER hair but for everyday purposes this works. And it only takes me about 3 minutes to do.