Hair & Beauty
THE GREAT GATSBY HAS INSPIRED FASHIONISTAS EVERYWHERE TO REVISIT THE GLITZ AND GLAMOUR OF THE 1920’ S. STYLE DETAILS SUCH AS TASSELS, FEATHERS, LACE AND LASHINGS OF BLING HAVE MADE A COMEBACK AND FIT PERFECTLY WITH THE ROMANCE AND WHIMSY OF TODAY’S BRIDAL STYLE. WHY NOT ADD A HINT OF DECO CHIC WITH
SOME OF THESE STYLING IDEAS It’s all in the cut with a flapper bob or, to be historically correct, a shingle bob. Cute and sassy, it hugs the jawline and scoops into the neck. Team it with a short feathered fringe or a sweeping front with low side parting. Your hairstylist can advise a length and shape tailored for you, but don’t lose out on the defined angles that makes it truly Daisy.
If a new cut is too much commitment, the faux bob could be a winner. This little hair-up technique could be mistaken for a classy long Bob. Take a 1-2 inch horizontal section at the nape of your hair and twist close to the scalp from one side to the other. Bobby pin in place and tuck under any unwanted ends. Hot tong curl the top layers; backcomb under the crown and direct back to the nape; bobbypin under the ends of the hair at the back. The unwanted hair underneath will give you a nice full bob shape at the nape. At the sides, softly pin the hair up and under, leaving a longer look at the front. A haircut without the scissors!
Marcel waves are perfect for those with long hair who wish to celebrate the era. Use a 1” hot tong and take large sections vertically around the head. Be careful to curl the hair perfectly in the same direction, hairspraying as you go. Set with slide clips and let cool. Let it all out and softly comb with a wide tooth afro comb to bring the curls together. Repin with slides horizontally at the hairline and in the crest of each wave to create a soft finger wave effect. If your hair is shorter, set with gel and long wave clips, pinching at the centre between each wave clip for a super styled look. Your hair stylist could also create a fingerwave effect with a hot tong and careful manipulation.
Pin curls are a favourite, timeless hair styling technique and, with a little practice, can be mastered at home. Use a setting spray to dampen the hair and take 1” squared sections (or smaller depending on the desired size of your curl), and gently twist and wind the hair around two forefingers, then bobby pin flat to the head. Leave hair to cool or use a hood dryer or diffuser hairdryer attachment to set quickly. Pin curls look beautiful in any area of a hair-up: try above the ear or at the nape placed on top of a simple bun. Leave defined or brush out for a soft wave, depending on your mood.
There were, alas, no foil highlights in the 20’s! Vegetable dyes of Henna were the only option and were wonderful if you wanted a chocolate or auburn result. Thus glossy rich browns and shades of copper reds are the flavour of this year’s winter colour trends. The non-blonde can be true to Gatsby with a deep, warm, blocked hair colour. Try a semi-permanent - when it fades you’re free to try a different colour without any long term damage to your hair.
Any jewelled or feathered headband will take you instantly to the deco period. Or how about a little nod to Gatsby with a cute diamanté hair slide.
With the right clipper cut, and a fair amount of wax or pomade, your husband to be can look as stylish as Leonardo on your wedding day. Enlist your hairdresser or barber to master a close fade at the back and sides. By leaving a mop top with some extreme graduation between the two, your man’s cut will be a suitably dapper, on-trend style that will make you swoon! Hopefully you don’t mind a bit of slick because product is key for keeping this cut looking swanky.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!
Treat yourself to the film for some bridal inspiration - T-bar shoes and fur abound. But don’t forget to flick through Nan’s wedding album - chances are they graced a drop waisted gown and fur stoll on their wedding day.