Today's vintage hairstyle

The lovely Erin came by my studio today to get dolled up for a pinup shoot. After the shoot, she and her husband were on their way to the tattoo shop so he could memorialize her pinup persona on his arm forever. #vintagehair, #vintagemakeup


Yes...brush your hair a lot. No…don't brush your hair 100 times.

I'm really into hair health these days. We should all be paying attention to hair health in general. It is a huge indicator of your own general health. Poor hair health can be an indicator of many things like poor diet, thyroid issues, or poor circulation.

My hair condition has been something I have been battling since I was a kid. My mom told me that when I was 2, my parents were honestly worried if I would ever have hair.  sad face :(   

It grew in eventually, but I have always had fine hair. It's a family trait. But I have finally become tired of my fine, easily breaking hair. I could stop coloring my hair and that would help a little, but I'm a hair stylist and that is hard pill to swallow. 

I've been taking a supplement that seems to be working quite well, but it has only been 3 months and it is really hard to judge supplements unless you have been taking them for at least 6 months. I do notice what appears to be some new baby hair growth at my front hair line, which is promising. I'll keep you posted on what I think of the product after I have been taking them a little longer.

But let me get back to the point of this post…the old wives tale that you should brush your hair 100 times a day. This is, in fact, partially true. Marcia Brady was onto something. But 100 times is an extreme that I would not recommend.

The origins of 100 brushes a day was more of a cleansing technique back when women could sometimes go multiple days or even weeks without washing their hair. Victoria Sherrow explains in the Encyclopedia of Hair that, “Victorian hairstyles for women…was considered a primary aspect of a woman’s appearance, and long, thick hair was admired. Girls and women spent time each day grooming their hair. Some historians think the idea of brushing a hundred strokes per day originated at this time, but the purpose of the brushing may have been to get rid of lice nits more than to improve the hair’s appearance.”

The practice continued through the early and mid-20th century for women who were still only washing their about once a week. Brushing helped work out the oils and dirt build up when coupled with a little talc powder. And although it may be a little bit of a dated idea, the practice of a good scalp brush promotes a healthy scalp and healthier hair. We hairstylists still have to learn the scalp treatment in beauty school which includes the brushing of the scalp with a natural hair brush.

Brushing helps remove debris, dirt, and other impurities such as uric acid crystal deposits. It exfoliates dead cells from the scalp, which encourages cell renewal. It releases sebum which moisturizes and increases blood circulation through the scalp which increases circulation to the hair follicle. If you haven’t ever seen a scientific diagram of a hair follicle, there is a blood vessel directly attached to it that provides the hair shaft its nourishment as it grows.

Here are some easy steps you can do each day to get circulation going through your scalp and increasing your hair health in the process.

1. First, use a soft bristle brush, much like those brushes you often see in antique stores. Or a natural bristle brush like boars hair. Starting at the front hairline, begin brushing against the scalp. You should feel the bristles gently scraping against the scalp. Then pull the brush away to move along the shafts of hair distributing the oils along the hair shaft.

2. Move to the nape of the neck and do the same brushing up along the back of the head.

3. Then part your hair down the middle. Brush down and to the side from the part to get circulation going through the crown and occipital bone area.

You do not need to do this 100 times. In fact, that will probably actually damage your cuticle a little bit. But 10 good brushes through each section each day will do the trick.

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Cyber Monday Sale at VintageHairstyling.com!

Hey pretty ladies! Just a quick note to let you know that I set up a Cyber Monday sale at VintageHairstyling.com for 20% off of a purchase of $30 or more. We've added a bunch of new products to the site that will make great gifts including makeup!…really, really cute makeup.

The sale lasts through Friday!

Just use the coupon code HolidaySale at check-out. Merry Christmas!


Neat 'n' Busy curler caddy

I picked this up at a flea market, mostly because I love the name. Neat-n-Busy. The words the '50s and '60s used to advertise to women make me giggle a little. I almost feel slightly patronized by it, like the woman who uses it is a busy little bee making herself beautiful and not much else. It makes me think of Betty Draper in Mad Men when her dad tells her in her dream, "You're a house cat. You're very important and you have little to do."

But I'm probably reading too much into it… :) I love the caddy anyway and can't wait to fill it. I'm probably actually going to use it in my sewing room.


Don't forget small business Saturday, November 29th

We all have lots to do and as Thanksgiving and Black Friday and Cyber Monday and all the other days creep up on us, don't forget Small Business Saturday this year. Support your favorite small businesses while you are spending this holiday season. 


It's officially done. It's officially off to the printer. I am officially celebrating!

I have been thinking about writing this book for about 4 years and I am very excited to say that it is finished and in the hands of my book printer.

The title is 
A Step-by-Step Guide to Styling Classic Hairstyles for Any Special Occasion 
including Weddings, Proms, and Formal Events

I am so excited about this book! It was such hard work, but I am so happy with the way it turned out and I can't wait to get it back from the printer next month.

I was working frantically to finish it in time that if anyone wanted to ask for it for Christmas, it would be available. So I am taking pre-orders right now. There is a button on HRSTBooks.com store page. I am suppose to have it back from the printer the week of December 8th.

You can order it now and it will ship as soon as we have it in our hands, or you can keep an eye on the blog and I will let you know when we have it. If you want to know right away, you can sign up on the top right of this blog to get Bobby Pin Blog in your email inbox.

I'm so tired right now that this post will probably seem a little out of sorts, but my brain is mush at the moment and I am lacking the ability to form complete thoughts. :)


The perfect vintage girl stocking stuffer

I'm trying to get the word out quickly. Anyone who follows Tarte's special release items knows they go fast…and I mean fast. I blogged about their True Blood palette a few years ago and it had pretty much disappeared off the shelves before I could get the blog entry up.

So I am getting ahead of the curve, hopefully, so you ladies can get this information to the people that count and you can find this lovely item in your stocking or in a Hanukkah box or Kwanzaa gift or whatever Saturnalia based holiday you will joyously be celebrating next month.

This is Tarte's holiday eyelash curler, the Ladies Who Lash Limited-Edition Picture Perfect Eyelash CurlerA friend of mine who works as a sales consultant handed this over to me when I saw her last and I almost kissed her. I have a lot of girlie vintage-y things on my vanity, but never have I had an eyelash curler so gorgeous as this. The handle is encrusted in pearl-like beauty.

Like I said, Tarte's special release items go fast, so make sure you tell whomever, "no dilly-dally." Visit Tartecosmetics.com to get the eyelash curler along with a tube of their deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara in a set. Yay holidays!!!


My Fall Color…Oxblood

I just got home from an end of the season camping trip with my LUPEC ladies at the fabulous Starlight Classic Campground and it is raining outside and the first tree in my new front yard had started to turn yellow. I am in a very Fall mood and can't wait to see the stages my new yard changes into as the next couple of months go by.

And I always start dreaming about what I am going to wear for Fall when this change happens. I am trying to loose a few pounds, so I am not going shopping just yet, but something I can do right away is buy some new makeup for the season. I think I am going to go with Oxblood this Fall…


A 1931 Letter from Paris describing beauty trends

Paris, France, April 10, 1931 from Modern Beauty Shop

Chers amis:
     Le printemps has come to Paris and with it, glorious sunshine. Sunshine being rare in this fascinating city all the Parisiennes are now sporting new hats.
     Somebody famous once said that Spring to a woman just meant going out to buy a new hat, but I find this year in Paris one must hie herself to a hairdresser for a new coiffure as well. The relation of hair to hat and hat to hair is very important over here since everybody is wearing plain little caps way back, in fact almost off the head, so that hair literally trims the chapeaux.

     Most of the chic women are wearing very fine veils just over the hair that is showing. These are fastened under the hats, which means that coiffures can now create individual and intricate styles since the veil protects one's curls besides adding that much sought-after halo de mystere.
     Coiffeurs just back from Cannes have told me about the latest style trend adopted by les elegantes. Resort styles are usually a forecast of the mode, and after snooping excitedly around Cannes for the last week their impressions confirm mine of Paris.
     Longer hair is shorter now and thinning has become a greater art than ever. The top layer of hair is untouched and the locks beneath carefully "massacred" so that the count our remains unspoiled. Always, however, the hair is left long enough to soften the neckline with curls of bouclettes.
     Although styles are more intricate now owing to the role they play in relation to the mode, coiffeurs here insist on chic simplicity and above all say that the head must look small.

     Many jolie femmes are parting their hair in the center, showing the ears slightly, and then sweeping the back in new arrangements off the neck. This is especially becoming to classic beauties wishing to accentuate their type to go with the period gowns of today.

     For the evening women are wearing real jewel ornaments in their hair to accentuate and individualize certain lines of their coiffure. The ornament that I have sketched is very novel and can serve several purposes. The clips are detachable and can be used several ways alone…the chain can be fastened together and worn as a bracelet. The three pieces together can be used as a regal diadem, either on top or in back to outline the shape of the head.
     Monsieur Simon describes the famous European beauty contest held recently at Cannes as a bouquet de charm! All these beautiful demoiselles wore medium long hair except Miss France, who wore her's frankly short.

     The jury, composed of artists, writers and so on from all the leading countries of Europe, chose Miss France as the most beautiful and gave her the title of Miss Europe. With such a winner one can say that the mode for 1931 will be definitely shorter.

     I dashed up to Antoine's knowing if there is anything new in Paris he is sure to be one of the first tp feature it. His cosmetic line is more important than ever and the smart containers are proof of his ideas. The boxes and bottles follow the color scheme of his shop, which is a striking black, white and silver combination. The colors are used in severe but smart manner. I sketched two of the smaller items, a box of mascara, black and silver lined in silver, and bleu d'argent eyeshadow notable for its tricky container. The box pivots under the cover and is made of a composition that looks like onyx and ivory. Frivolous, but practical.