Vintage Hair & Makeup, vintagehair, Vintagemakeup

Vintage Hair & Beauty

During Queen Victoria’a reign, 1837-1901, very little changed in the way ladies wore their hair or presented their faces. Natural beauty was favoured, it was considered shameful or at the least very lower class to have a “painted face”, make up was reserved for the stage or prostitutes.

Pale skin was desired as it symbolised class and wealth, upper class ladies wore long gloves and used parasols to shade themselves from the sun, also to show they were wealthy enough to not have to work outside. Dresses were always to the floor so there was no chance of their legs being exposed to the sun. Some ladies wore a dusting of powder on their faces so as not to appear ‘shiny’, often with a tint of blue or lavender to make them appear very pale in the yellow gas light or candle light. These powders could be made up and purchased at the pharmacist, rose petal waters and other ‘scents’ could also be purchased, ladies often used the back door to enter so that they were not seen purchasing them.

Young girls let their hair grow long, it was braided or tied up with ribbons  and sometimes left flowing on special occasions. When a young lady reached maturity, generally 18years of age, she was ‘allowed’ to wear her hair ‘up’ to symbolise that she had reached adulthood, this was a much awaited moment for many young women. During the 1800’s hair was seldom washed ( neither were their bodies) so although they applied powder to their faces, dabbed on rose water and put their hair up to look elegant their general body odour must have been very unpleasant.

At the onset of the short Edwardian era, 1901-1910, ladies started to take more care of themselves. They washed their bodies more frequently and washed their hair. They applied brilliantine to give it shine, henna was used to dye hair a copper colour, sultanate of iron to darken it or ammonia to lighten (bleach) it. Grey hair was thought at the time to be caused by dryness so glycerine, oil or rum was rubbed into the hair in an effort to prevent greyness!

It was still generally considered fashionable to look pale, but the earlier stigma of having colour on your face had passed so ladies started pinching their cheeks to appear healthier and biting on their lips to give them a bit of colour. They no longer wanted to have to creep in the back door of pharmacists in order to purchase their requirements.
Then in 1909 an American businessman, Harry Gordon Selfridge opened a large department store in Oxford Street, London, which was then the richest city in the world. Selfridges had the first ever beauty counter where ladies were encouraged to ‘try before you buy’ – from that day the “Cosmetic Counter” was born!

Newspapers spread this astonishing news and before long small beauty counters appeared in pharmacies and stores in most towns and cities around the country, ladies then wanted to be seen making purchases.

Love Betty ….. X

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Vintage Hair & Makeup

Vintage Hair & Makeup Workshops…. X

Pinaglis Vintage tearooms in Thundersley Essex was the latest venue for Betty’s Rock & Rollers Vintage hair & Makeup workshop. 10 ladies gathered to try out their skills at vintage hair & makeup. We started with makeup, its always fun when it gets onto the eyeliner flicks! Victory rolls and pin curls were next up with the ladies practising on themselves and also helping each other, and last on the menu was a cup of tea and the hugest slice of cake, well we deserved it after all that hard work! Always a lovely bunch of ladies and we have lots of fun wordpress pic 1 wordpress pic 2 Looking forward to the next one… X

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Vintage Photoshoot …. X

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of collaborating on a Vintage Photoshoot at Wakehurst Mansion In Sussex organised by Ingrid of Fine to Fabulous Hair & Makeup. A large team of specialist Hair & Makeup artists were brought in to style and dress a group of talented models to be photographed at this stunning backdrop
for a 1920,s and 1940’s/50’s theme. Here are a few shots behind the scenes I can’t wait to see the final shoot pics…. X

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The Burlesque Jems Cabaret Evening… X

Saturday the 24th of October 2014 saw the annual Burlesque Jems Cabaret Evening. Founder and feathered facilitator of The Burlesque Jems “Jem” and her tutors showcased their lovely burlesque dancers at a beautiful venue in Essex.

Betty’s Rock & Rollers were there on the night offering vintage makeovers for the ladies performing.

The ladies looked amazing, the atmosphere was buzzing within the dancers and the audience. There were feathers and fun, tease, and of course a bit of naughtiness, a great evening was had by all.

The burlesque Jems classes are at various locations over Essex and Hertfordshire. If you want to build confidence, learn a dance routine, have a chance to dress up and meet some other fabulous women, get in touch at
http://www.burlesquejems.co.uk for more details …. X

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Vintage Hair & Makeup

Vintage Hair & Makeup Workshops…. X

I had the pleasure of teaching another vintage hair & hair workshop for The Burlesque Jems in Cambridge in September. There is always a lovely atmosphere in the group, we have lots of laughs and fun while the ladies create their own vintage makeovers with help and guidance from myself. We do a step by step demonstration starting with makeup then moving onto hair and the ladies get to try the looks using the products provided. It’s always nice to hear the positive feedback so let’s hope the workshops inspire the ladies with their hair & makeup when they get glammed up for their burlesque events….. Until the next time lovelys ….. X

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The Vintage weekend…. X

Well what a lovely day yesterday i went up to Cambridge to style 9 lovely ladies for Laura’s 1920’s themed Hen do, the ladies had a Charleston Dance lesson in the morning followed by afternoon tea, I then styled each lady with their 1920’s look throughout the afternoon, meanwhile the ladies made their own headpiece
to compliment their look, and played games, all organised by the lovely company Hope & Glorious Vintage, they all looked amazing I’m looking forward to seeing the photos…. X

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