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vicki lord marcel wave

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As featured on hitched.ieLoved working with mmi-photography.com to create these funky vintage looks…

Retro is cool, and sassy, and if that matches your personality, it is likely you are going to want to add a splash of vintage to your wedding day… And what better way than to go for a hairstyle inspired by a past era! Here are three classic vintage looks with a modern edge…. Plus a tutorial for the most popular vintage style among modern brides – The marvelous Marcel wave:

eighties hairRocky Retro up-do: This adds a rocky, slightly Madonna-circa-nineteen-eighties edge; it shows off the elegant neck and shoulders area if worn with a strapless dress, and paired with a bit of lace and diamante, the look is perfected. You can add shimmer and sparkle to the makeup – but keep it subtle so the look remains elegant.

Marvelous Marcel Wave: An era that is very popular, probably because of television series such as Downton Abbey, is the thirties and forties, and this is an overall style that celebrities have been emulating on the red carpet for years, because it is super feminine, glamorous and elegant. Image above.

Retro beehive

Sructured Beehive: A sophisticated sixties style that adds height to the bride, and looks stunning with a vintage net hair accessory, or you could embellish this beehive with a sparkly band for a dramatic effect.

 

How do I achieve Amy Adams’ vintage hairstyle?

I love Amy Adams’ up-do that she wore at the Golden Globes in 2013…. combining an elegant side bun with a vintage Marcel wave.

There are many ways of achieving the Marcel wave, also called Finger wave i.e. wet/dry sets, clamps, tongs, two prong tongs, GHD’s to name a few. And there are all sorts of different interpretations of ths look! I’ve tried them all, and I would always opt for the original set method with clamping clips, although this does take time and patience, in my professional opinion it certainly gives the best results.

BUT the simplest  way to re create this look would be to get your hair stylist to use a waving tong recommend as this will achieve a nice wave quickly and without all the mess of gel and complications…

Equipment needed: soft brittle hair brush,  1 strong hair band, hair pins, Kirby grips, hair spray, sectioning clips, heat protector spray, tail comb, waving tongs

Recommended brands: Denman soft bristle brush , Elnett hairspray, Babyliss Wave Envy Styler, Aveda Brilliant Damage.

1) Make a nice clean straight parting in your hair to the side of your choice using your tail comb.
2) Section off both sides of your hair from the top of your crown area to the top of each ear.
3) With your remaining hair at the back just tie into a ponytail for the moment to keep it out of the way, whilst you work on the front of your hair.
5) Spray heat protector on the front of your hair to protect your hair from the heat of the tongs
4) Now using your waving tongs work on the front sections taking 2cm sliced horizontal sections of your hair clamping your tongs down from root to tips of your hair creating a stunning  wave.
5) Using your sectioning clips place a sectioning clip in each deepest point of the wave through the front section of hair (this will keep the Marcel wave in place whilst you work on the back of your hair, plus also helps create a deeper wave) spray with hairspray once secured in place.
6) Now you are going to work on your side bun, remove the hair and from the back of your hair.
7) Bring all of your hair over to the side making sure you leave some the front section of hair out (the side where your bun will sit).
8) Secure hair into a ponytail behind your ear with hairband.
9) Back brush the ponytail slightly to create texture (to back brush hair just use your soft brush and gently push your hair up from tip to root direction)
10) Now wrap the ponytail around and around the base in a clockwise direction and secure with hair pins as you go and then spray with hairspray to secure bun.
11) Now take out your sectioning clips and voila you have an Amy Adams Golden Globe hairstyle!

 Vicki Lord