Friday, 13 February 2015

A brief history of hair

One of my gorgeous followers on Instagram (@Rozellerose aka Nicola), told me the other day that she has hair envy..of my hair! As much as I found this utterly flattering, it was quite odd to think of someone lusting after my hair, when I happen to absolutely detest it right now!

I have always liked to change my hair. While I was at uni, I sported quite a few different styles, spending hundreds of pounds a time on it. Yet when I left uni, I realised that bright pink and white hair didn't potential scream "employ me", nor was it affordable on an interns lack of salary! 

'The Blond Mullet' 2008
Blond, with a purple fringe and black extensions! 2008
White blond with pink fringe! 2009
So I returned from white blond with a pink fringe, to brown. It looked so alien that even my Fiance didn't recognise me after the transformation. I hated it. I decided to grow it out and keep it brown for a while, at least until I found my way into a steady job.

Back to boring brown! 2010
Long brown locks in 2014
Yet last year, after 4 years of the torture of boring long brown hair, I decided to cut it off. My hair had grown down to my chest by this time and was beautiful, yet I didn't know anything about styling it. I tried to curl it once and failed miserably. Instead of persisting with trying to style it, I decided that the only solution was to lop it off and start again, which I did.

First I cut it into a bit of a 'Frankie from S Club 7' (you know, that massively well known and popular style?!) - short at the back with lots of layering on the top for volume. This worked for me for a while, yet I quickly got bored. So I decided (12 months before I was due to get married!) "I know, I will shave half of it off!" So, I did!

'The Buzz Cut' 2014
I loved it! I had wanted to shave it off for years and I had finally taken the plunge. But once I had done it, the novelty was gone, and I started to long for my hair back! The main reason being was that it dawned on me that I was getting married in 12 months! What on earth was I going to do with my hair! Also, this was around the time that I started to get into pinup, so I was experimenting with victory rolls using the long section of my hair. I wanted my hair back so I could do more styles and perfect my look.

So the only option I had was to grow it out. This was made easy by my favorite accessory - the head scarf! (I get mine from Bow & Crossbones as they have a huge range of colours and they are only £3.50)

I have been growing out my shaved hair for about 9 months now and I am lucky in that my hair grows quite quickly. I have been giving it a bit of a helping hand by doing regular coconut oil treatments at home, which is said to help promote faster hair growth, and I have seen a difference.

While my hair has been growing, it has enabled me to practice, practice, practice and I can now do a killer Victory Roll. Yet I cannot wait for my hair to grow longer so I can do bumper bangs, double victory rolls, wet sets and curls!

Victory Rolls
My Victory Roll! 2015
I have never considered myself a 'girly girl'. Make up and hair styling have never come naturally to me (as you can see from my shocking history of attempts and fails!). Yet discovering pinup has given me a new found passion for these things and made me excited to do them, as opposed to considering them a chore! I have always struggled to find a hair style that suits me and that I can manage; often giving up if its too much hard work or just changing my style drastically. So I am so happy to have found my style!

For those of you who are new to pinup up hair and are where I was about 9 months ago, the only advice I can give to you is PERSISTENCE! Your first few attempts will look rubbish (God knows mine did) but you will get there in the end!

I have been asked by the beautiful @Rozellerose on Instagram to do a Victory Roll tutorial on my blog and I will put that up soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

- x - LMDW - x -


  1. Wow! Your hair timeline is so fun. The buzz cut really looked good on you. Anyway, I think everyone needs to play around with different hairstyles to achieve the look that will suit them best. In any case, the pin-up girl looks best on you, in my opinion. Thanks for sharing that! Stay gorgeous! :)

    Tommy Clark @ Her Hair Company Inc.

    1. Hi Tommy. Thanks so much for taking the time to read it. I am glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed all the styles I have had over the years, but I do think that the vintage style is now my favourite. Have a great day! Emily. X