Thursday, 7 May 2020

Historical hairstyles - Edwardian updo inspired by Bernadette Banner


I love Edwardian hairstyles, and have been getting some experience at it thanks to my cosplay of Missy (from Doctor Who), who wears elaborate Edwardian-inspired updos 😁☂️💜 But I've been wanting to add historical styles to my weekly updos as well, so here's an Edwardian updo (way less time consuming than Missy's, thankfully xD), directly inspired by a style which @bernadettebanner often wears 💜 And thanks to @morgandonner for additionally giving me an impromptu tutorial of the style in that video where they imitated each other's hair 😁👌!

Here linked below are the videos which inspired this updo. I plan on doing a video tutorial of the way I do it as well, but in the meantime I'll be adding some written steps as usual!


A mini-visual tutorial of the style from 1:34 -1:54


 In this video, Morgan Donner imitates Bernadette's hair in this style. Bernadette briefly explains it from 15:00-15:48
  • For this style I used:
-Initial texturizer (optional): Dry shampoo or similar hair powder.
-Comb and/or brush as needed.
-Some bobby pins to hold the puffed-up side sections
-Some bun pins for the bun. In my case, the finishing pins @redoodle_arts got me for the last Long Hair Community Winter Swap work perfectly to keep this updo in place 👍
-Open pins for final touches as needed
-Optional fixators: Aloe vera gel, hairspray (I only used a bit of aloe vera gel in some places).

Steps:

Adjustments might have to be done to this style depending on length, texture and thickness. Bernadette and I seem to have a very similar hair type regarding texture and length (mine is a bit longer and slightly thicker, but not so much that it made any difference for the style), so her way of doing it worked great for me. In Morgan Donner's video we can also see how this style could work on a thicker and wavy-curly hairtype.
1) Initial texturizer: Applying a bit of dry shampoo to the sides of my hair is actually part of my daily routine, so I had already done this when I tried the updo xD Apart from keeping the hair clean between washes, dry shampoo can add additional texture that allows for more volume and hold, and I also recommend it when it comes to some historical styles, especially if your hair is more slippery and/or more fine-textured (like mine xD) and doesn't hold volume well. Other wavier/curlier and/or coarser-textured hairtypes might not need this.

2) Side sections and front volume: I separated two sections of hair at the sides and twisted them back, securing them at the back with some bobby pins, and adding some volume to the front without the time-consuming work of a full-on pompadour xD (this will probably be more explanatory in a video xD In the meantime, I also refer to Bernadette's brief tutorials above for the way she does it xD). I still haven't gotten the knack of how Bernadette and others achieve the swooped-out front-side volume, but I've achieved different results of how the front volume looks during three attempts, so I'll get there xD

3) Top bun: With the side sections pinned, I took the rest of the hair and twisted it up in a cinnabun at the top of my head, hiding the bobby pins in the process, and pinning the bun in place with some open metal bun pins. The back volume this style creates when you pile all your hair at the top is very Edwardian, but also newish to me, as I'm kinda obsessed to wear the hair at my nape obnoxiously flat and polished xD (even my Missy styles have a back French twist xD). But I'm liking it, and it's comfier than I thought it'd be!

4) Finishing touches: The open bun pins I used worked just great to hold the bun in place for the whole day, but you can add small open pins as needed to further secure the style. You can also add aloe vera gel or hairspray to set the style and get rid of potential flyaways (if you want), and it's done!
  • Picture gallery of this style (to be updated from time to time) (for larger size, click on pics or open in new tab):






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Thursday, 23 January 2020

LHC Winter Swap 2019 :)

Long Hair Community Winter Swap time 😄!  This week I got this amazing hair-and-fandom-centric box from fellow member neko_kawaii 😍😄💙
I love it all, and she made most of it, too 👌💙! There’s some chocolate 🍫; a book I'm really excited to read; a grey paranda and hand-woven thin scarf inspired by Crowley's necktie from Good Omens (I'm 100% hyped with this fandom since June xD ❤️); some lovely finishing pins and an amazing hairstick of Aziraphale's Flaming Sword 😍 (more Good Omens goodies! I absolutely love that hairstick and it made my day 😄👌💙); and, last but not least, a gorgeous Doctor Who-themed tote bag she made and embroidered with one of out favourite River Song quotes 😍💙


xDD





And here come some action shots of the paranda, hairstick and pins with a cinnamon bun and braided updo, as well as some non-hair action shots of Crowley's necktie 😄
 



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Monday, 13 January 2020

Hairstyles - Braided bun with lace side braid. Bonus length-shortening updo

  • Braided paranda buns with a lace side braid:
I really like the look of a side braid paired with a braided bun. I usually go for either a plain 3-strand or a lace braid, and often favour the look of just one side braid when I lace braid (and often go for the two when doing 3-strands).
  • For this style I used:
-Comb and brush as needed. 
-Aloe vera gel as light fixator and flyaway-tamer when braiding and bunning (optional gel and/or finishing fixing spray as needed)
-A metal-free elastic for the ponytail
-Open pins for the side braid and/or bun. Bun pins (hairsticks, forks or spin pins can also be used).
-Paranda for the braid
  • Steps:
1) Separate a section of the hair at one side (I usually choose the right side) and lace braid it. I use aloe vera gel to help make the braiding easier and smoother. Secure the braid to the side with open pins as needed.

2) Pull the rest of the hair into a high ponytail (I go for medium height). Add the side braids before securing it with a metal-free elastic. 
 
3) Braid the ponytail, with a paranda for added volume (tutorial here). 
 
4) Coil the braid around the base of the elastic to create a braided bun, and secure with bun pins (or sticks/fork/spin pins), with additional open pins as needed.

5) Final touches: I use a couple of open bun pics to polish some flyaways at the nape and add more aloe vera gel/a bit of hairspray to set the style and potential flyaways.
 


Pic gallery
 

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Monday, 4 November 2019

Cosplay hair - Hairstyle for my warrior Lúthien variation

 
I really like the hairstyle I came up with for my ☄️ ⚔️Warrior!Lúthien cosplay variation ☄️⚔️ :D. It's a braided paranda ponytail with side braids and a front pompadour, decorated with leaf ribbon and 
flowers.

My warrior!Lúthien is heavily inspired by the headcanon that Elven fashion is markedly oriental-inspired, especially in The Silmarillion (well, in LOTR movies it's like that in a lot of ways too). I found this gorgeous blue-and-black pants+tunic silk ensemble with flower embroidery (I think it might be a Vietnamese áo dài?) at a 2107 convention and instantly thought of Lúthien in a more warrior mode (as opposed to using magic and badassery alone, which is equally amazing, of course). Head over to my cosplay Instagram if you want to see more of my cosplays :) : @arwendeluhtienecosplay !
 
  • For this style I used:
-Backcombing comb 
-Fake hair rats for the pompadour
-Hairspray and/or fixing gel as needed
-Wide-tooth comb and/or brush as needed.
-A metal-free elastic for the initial ponytail
-Open pins, bobby pins
-Paranda for the braid
-Leaf ribbon
-Plastic decorative flowers
-A leaf barrette
  • Steps:
1) The front pompadour
 
- Separate a front section of your hair, flip it upside-down and backcomb it gently with the comb. You can hairspray the section before teasing for a better hold. This backcombing helps create more structure in the hair so that the shape will hold better and longer. 
You can also create front volume without backcombing, but I find it easier with a bit of teasing because my hair is so straight, fine-textured and slippery.

-I use fake hair rats under that backcombed front section to create the volume I want. Comb the hair over the hair rats very gently (so as not to destroy the teasing we just did xD) and shape the pompadour the way you prefer. Then secure it in place with bobby pins at the back of the head. 
 
-I used a leaf barrette over the place where I secured the pompadour at the back to hide the bobby pins.
-Use hairspray as needed.

About backcombing: I backcomb sporadically for cosplay, and reenactment, and, by keeping it gentle and always in the root area (never the length or tips!), I don't think it particularly harms my hair. I always use a Tangle Teezer to remove the backcombing tangling at the end of the day, and the hair loss is minimal (if any, sometimes). The fake hair pieces/hair rats are the main helper when it comes to achieving the desired volume, so I only backcomb to the point when I can get a bit of structure to hold the hair rats in place without the pompadour loosing its shape. 
Hairspray also helps too keep it all in place, but of course, it's not very good for the hair to use a lot to often. Having greasy-prone roots, hairspray actually doesn't dry my hair overmuch xD, but I get a lot of build up and it's generally not very hair-friendly, so my daily fixator is aloe vera gel, and I only use hairspray, and certainly this amount of it, when I need to have a large pompadour going on and/or a more complex hairstyle staying in place for the whole day xDD

2) Side braids: Separate two side pieces of hair and braid them, adding ribbons (in my case, I used leaf ribbons).

3) Braided paranda ponytail:
-Pull the rest of the hair into a high ponytail - mid-height is my preference. 
 -Add the side braids before securing it with a metal-free elastic.
-Braid the ponytail, with a paranda for added volume (tutorial here).
 
 3) Final touches:
-I use a couple of open bun pics to polish some flyaways at the nape.
-Add the decorative flowers along the side braids, near the base of the ponytail (the flowers can also partly hide the elastic), and/or along the braid as well, as desired.
-Add aloe vera gel or a bit more hairspray to set the style and potential flyaways (if you want), and it's done!
 
Pic gallery:
  • May 2018 
 
  • At the 2019 EstelCon (annual convention of the Spanish Tolkien Society). Featuring Tai Chi, archery, singing and helping out at a conference xD




 
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Friday, 27 September 2019

Historical hairstyles - Valkyrie knotted ponytail (Janet Stephens style)

One of my hair staples for more than a year has been Janet Stephens' knotted Valkyrie ponytail, a historical style inspired by Scandinavian depictions of Valkyries:



This length-shortening updo/half-up is pretty easy and fast to do and very comfortable to wear. I've been wearing the standard Valkyrie ponytail and my braided variation (either three-strand or rope-braid) as a weekly staple for more than a year now 😃. A recorded tutorial of my own version of Janet Stephens' video will be coming soon, but in the meantime here are some written instructions as usual, as well as the (ample) pic gallery 😃 xD
  • For this style I used:
-Comb and/or brush as needed.
-A metal-free elastic for the initial ponytail
-Hairstick
-Open pins for final touches

Steps:

-Pull the hair into a high ponytail - mid-height is my preference.
-Now comes the knot - Same as described in Janet Stephens' video above. The knot is enough to hold the hair in many cases, but I prefer to further secure the style using a hairstick. This also looks nice, and ensures that the hanging braid stays out of the way in a comfortable way.
-I use a couple of open bun pics to polish some flyaways at the nape.
-Add aloe vera gel or hairspray to set the style and potential flyaways (if you want), and it's done!
  • Picture gallery of this style (to be updated from time to time) (for larger size, click on pics or open in new tab): 
 

-With side braids:

 

-As a cosplay style:
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