Guest Post: Vintage Hairstyling by Sarah’s Doo Wop Dos

Sarah’s Doo-Wop Dos was born out of a love of all things vintage and a fondness for rather outlandish hairstyles! I have always admired the complicated and intricate styles of bygone eras, and traditional techniques such as finger-waving and pin curling fascinate me. As a bit of a history lover, I really enjoy researching the history & origins of styles too.

It’s really hard to pick the period I like best though, as there are parts of each that inspire me. The short, boyish, finger-waved hair of the 1920s & 30s has recently caught my eye but over the years I’ve drawn inspiration from eras such as the Victorian and even 18th Century, alongside the 1940s, 50s & 60s, which are the decades I specialise in.

The styles of the 1940s are a great source of inspiration to me. I love victory rolls, a style worn throughout the war years and believed to be named after a manoeuver fighter planes would perform after a victory. I tend to wear this style as my everyday look and its something I am asked for a lot in the parlour. I enjoy the fact that you can wear this style in so many different ways (see fig 1.) A lot of 1940s styles were often born out of necessity when women, working in the factories as part of the war effort, would roll their hair up to protect it from becoming tangled in machinery or would cover it with a bandana to protect it from dirt. Although very practical, these styles still look great when worn today and bandana styles are still very popular.

Victory RollsVictory Rolls: How do you wear yours?

Example of 1940s styles:
Model: Francesca Love
Photographer: Jez Brown Photography
Hair: Sarah’s Doo-Wop Dos
Hair flower: Lil Mischief Retro Clothing & Accessories

1950s styles are another firm favourite, whether it’s the traditional pin-curled hair sets reminiscent of Elizabeth Taylor or the pin-up style barrel roll fringe known as ‘Bettie Bangs’ (after the world famous pin-up model Bettie Page.) As well as working from the hair parlour, I also work with Jez Brown Photography on various vintage style photo-shoots, and it’s always fun to create bold, striking styles for the models. The 50s are a great source of inspiration for this and, as a collector of Tiki mugs and Americana, I often draw on these to create eye catching pin-up style hair with a 1950’s vibe.

Pin-up shoot:
Model: Lil Mischief
Photographer: Jez Brown Photography
Hair: Sarah’s Doo-Wop Dos

Then there’s the 1960s with it’s big backcombed styles such as the beehive. This style is still very fashionable today and I love creating it and it’s a regular request at the parlour for ladies going to proms, weddings and birthdays. The styles of the 60s are so fun and playful and I love how dramatic they are. They remind me a lot of the incredible styles of the 18th century (another favourite decade of mine) with Marie Antoinette-like piles of curls high on the head, decorated with, flowers, ribbons and bows.Beehive

Examples of 1960s style, The Beehive:
Model: Miss Lily Stark
Photographer: Jez Brown Photography
Hair: Sarah’s Doo-Wop Dos
Hair flower: Lil Mischief Retro Clothing & Accessories

Sarah’s Doo-Wop Dos is a small hair parlour based in the Rose-tinted Vintage shop in the heart of Bedford town centre. I can also be found out and about at various 1940s and 50s events with my pop-up vintage hair parlour. In addition, I run workshops where I teach basic vintage hairstyles so people can learn the art of styles like victory rolls on their own hair.

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One Response

  1. I love the style on the dolls head that is in the middle top row! How do you get the middle roll to work? I am still practicing with my own hair and like learning new styles.

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