Friday, August 19, 2011

My "Mad Men" Hair Experiment


Last Friday morning, I decided to try a new, never-tried up-do ala "Mad Men." I was inspired by Christina Hendricks' "Joan" look. I wore an early 60s nylon dress, a pair of late 50s black patent heels, and my white and yellow bead, three strand necklace that I bought last summer for 10 bucks.

As for my hair, I watched Ashley from Lisa Freemont Pages Blog do an amazing tutorial on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9Sv5r2eI6U&feature=related

I adore her informative and fun tutorials! I love her blog too! http://lisafremontpages.blogspot.com/

After some trial and error with sectioning and bobby pin placement, I managed to do a somewhat decent style. I used a lot of Sebastian Hairspray and the hair stayed in place all day. 

I would do this style again, especially for special occasions and nights out. I cannot see myself doing it for workdays since I am often rushed in the morning. I need to practice! I would love to know how office gals got ready everyday!

When doing vintage up-dos, what are your tried-and-true-methods?




19 comments:

  1. te quedo lindisimo, I find up hairstyles easier for me to do. the back of this hairstyle is amazing. your pearl necklace is maravilloso.

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  2. Tara you did a fabulous job on that do and you look lovely in it.

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  3. A million bobby pins and prayers. I twist and stick and generally something cute comes out of it.

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  4. Looks awesome, the look really suits you! My hair method is a lot of bobby pins, and lots of rolls or something similar to yours today, though I do mine over some kind of rat or hair piece to speed things up (and because I have killer fine hair)

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  5. Looks good! I really love the blond in your hair!

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  6. This is a great style for you, and looks so cool with your haircolor! Love it!

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  7. Looks great - this style works sooooo well with the two tone!
    I only put my hair up in rolls etc when I'm going to a show or event. I usually have to use rats to do it as well as my hair is fine and floppy!
    I'm too lazy otherwise and I just twist up at the back, and wear one of my hairties! :)

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  8. Looks awesome, it really suits you! Love your blog too!
    xx

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  9. Looks fantastic. Being more London 60s/70s, I usually curl my hair overnight and brush out for a soft wave. For a beehive or big bun look I (whispers) use a hairpiece.

    Mind you back in the 50s-70s hairpieces were used frequently, and I wonder if that's how many women got perfect hair every day!

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  10. I really love your hair like this Tara! I need practice for vintage styles too.. Sometimes I swear it could take me a hour to get something that looks nice. Who has that kinda time?? So I hope once I find the perfect vanity. I can sit down and practice every now and again without holding up the bathroom! *hahaah*

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  11. Beautiful - I can't believe you've never done that before! I have a not-so-secret-lady-crush on the lovely Joan Holloway, with her as inspiration, you CAN NOT go wrong! ;)

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  12. Really really cute! Very fun. Really striking with the streak, too.

    I am an office girl slob. Okay, not really, but honestly I rarely set my hair during the week so it's often my bangs swept back in kind of a little pompadour and a ponytail. Don't tell! ;)

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  13. i am partial to either the Betty Grable, or the Ronnie Spector

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  14. Thank you all, gals, for your great comments and thoughts! I think most styles like this require practice, patience, bobby pins, tons of hair spray, and more practice! Moreover, some of you stated that this look also calls for the occasional hair piece. My mom and mother-in-law wore wiglets with their 60s and 70s do's. Some places still offer hair pieces. The only problem is getting a good color match since I change my red shade so often. Anyway, I am going to practice with this style more. The back section is the hardest since I cannot see it well enough.

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  15. Ooh, I love it! I truly suits you. And I adore your outfit.
    One thing that I had in my old apartment was a round pivoting mirror on an acordian-like arm on the wall opposite my bathroom mirror. Yoou can get them at Ikea for around $12. This helped me work on my hair with BOTH HANDS at the same time! It is such a help!

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  16. that really suits you it looks fabulous!

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  17. Your hair looks great. I plant to do his style as well when I figure out how to get my hair to hold a curl.

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  18. You look fabulous, great eyebrows!!!!

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