Being passionate about the Pin Up culture has sparked my creativity so much throughout the years that I have mastered many mid-century styles. Pompadours, victory rolls, soft saves, and pin curls used to take me hours and now with the help of my books, attending classes, and utilizing half-wigs/weaves I have figured out how to manipulate my hair and take short cuts while I am at it. I am still learning but am excited to show you my tips and tricks to make your life a hell of a lot easier.
- I shampoo my entire head but I only condition the ends of my hair starting from the end of my scalp.
- I wash my hair twice a week as it doesn’t get oily quickly. For oily hair invest in dry shampoo and condition your ends lightly.
- I do not blow dry my hair as I feel it fries and damages it.
- I rarely put products in my hair like gel or serums but if I do they usually don’t contain alcohol. I only use hairspray when styling it and it’s usually by Chi.
- I cut my hair once every six months.
- I color my hair every 2 months with over-the-counter Loreal Feria box dyes. It works for me and dyes my hair without changing the texture.
- Use BioSilk serum for damaged overly processed hair. It is a leave-in shine conditioner that will leave your hair smooth and flawless looking. Just a tear drop is all you need. It worked wonders for my hair but make sure you are not allergic to silicone.
- All of my hot tools are ceramic. I recommend ceramic because it runs smoothly through your hair and causes less damage than regular flat irons. If your hair burns easily try using a cooler setting, your hair doesn’t have to burn to hold a curl or to be straight.
I have had what most people call “Bettie Page” bangs since I was 18 and have had them on and off since then because no other style suits me better. After years of cutting my bangs at a salon and having them never really get them right, I decided to take things into my own hands. Now for the past 4 years I have been cutting my bangs myself and styling them myself too. I am still learning different ways on how to pull them back when I get tired of them and/or give the illusion of not having bangs at all (tutorial on that coming soon) and will keep showing you new techniques but for now, learn how I maintain my bangs with the tutorial below.
[Photo by Frank Antonio styled by me. T-shirt design by Derek Santiago]
You can wear bumper bangs in a number of ways. You can turn it into a pompadour, wear it with a pony tail, have a lazy day with a head scarf and so on and so forth. It is my go-to quick style when I want to sport a pinup look in a rush. Yes, in a rush because even though it looks difficult, it is actually very simple. When I first tried it, my bumper bangs were always lopsided so it will take a few tries to perfect it. It wasn’t until I experimented with a foundation foam roller that I was able to skip the hassle.
After years and years of trying to perfect my vintage waves by attending classes, reading books, trying a million and one techniques. I finally found a technique that works for me after much practice and following/attending classes of the Masters of the vintage waves like His Vintage Touch and Mustafa Avci. I took everything I learned, added my own techniques and made a tutorial of my own which I am happy to share with you below.
Here are some other ways you can style your vintage waves..