I’ve been wanting to buy the new vintage hairstyling book Style Me Vintage by Belinda Hay ever since I stumbled across her East London vintage salon The Painted Lady.
Belinda’s book promises easy setp-by-step techniques to some of the most popular vintage hair styles from finger waves, the peek-a-boo and Victory Rolls to the beehive and bouffant. And it doesn’t disappoint.
For starters, the book design is great, it’s a proper hard back and each hair style is accompanied by several pictures showcasing how the hair style was originally worn and its modern counterpart.
Then the styling instructions are easy, clear and illustrated with pictures for each stage. Thank goodness also that all models are wearing period make-up and clothes – clearly a lot of effort has gone into getting each era just right.
While there aren’t that many styles in this book – only about ten – the highlight for me is that Style Me Vintage includes several Sixties styles such as the beehive, bouffant and Joan Holloway-esque up-do that are often neglected in other vintage hairstyling guides. I’ve tried out a Bardot inspired up do, which took me all of 15 minutes and turned out great the first time – result!
My verdict: a beautifully designed and illustrated book with excellent instructions on how to re-create classic period hair styles. My new vintage hair bible.