Anyways, the point of that diversion is that I think the Titanic centennial is worth remembering, and that honoring both what the ship meant in our culture's recent history as well as the lives lost in the crash is a good thing to do this April. To that end, if I can possibly swing it I plan to pop over to Titanic Weekend in Salem, MA with the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers. I've also been re-watching season one of Downton Abbey recently with a friend who missed it the first time 'round, and lusting after Lady Mary's hair. Both of these things inspired me last night to give some early twentieth century hair a go.
Here was the result:
|from the back: the overall shape is right but the poof above all the curls needs to be more even|
|side view: needs poofier sides and I need to be careful to hide the pins!|
I don't think it turned out too badly. I have one small rat pinned in (a rat is a pad under/inside the hairstyle to make it more full-looking. They're traditionally made from shed hair caught in your hairbrush, but you can buy plenty of modern, synthetic alternatives) at the middle/back of my head, and the hair above is brought down over it and pinned below. Everything else is just experimenting with different ways to style the bottom/sides. My hair is naturally curly, so at the point where I couldn't do anything else interesting I just reverted to the 'shove curls to head and pin' method I usually take when doing my hair in the morning.
I looked at several video tutorials as well as this instructional article from American Duchess (which is aimed at people with shorter hair and uses a fake hair piece) and attempted several of the techniques with this...although I'm not sure all of them succeeded. One thing I definitely need is more rats! I think a bigger one at the back will help a lot, as well as setting it in a little higher on my head. I would also like to include a rat above each ear, so that it looks a little fuller above my ears...a bit like Mary's.
|Dressed for dinner, during the 1912 half of series 1|
|"Young Ladies circa 1912" --the giant hair bow on the one to the far right is may favorite|
|built more to the side than back, but I love the swirls/rolled look|
|Inscribed "Christmas 1912"--Is there a bit of braid at the back?|
|WHOOM. That's the sound this hair makes, I think. If my hair gets long again I might give this a try!|