Looking for some 1950s wedding hair inspiration? Today on the blog we have the wonderful Fiona of Beehvide Brides to show us how it’s done. Below she gives step-by-step instructions on how to achieve a classic chignon and Grace Kelly styling.
Fiona is the very talented lady behind Beehive Brides which specialises in glamour & vintage bridal hair and styling (based in the Bristol, Bath & South-West area of the UK). Fiona has many years experience as hair stylist in the television and film industry, and has been running Beehive Brides since 2007. I asked Fiona to tell me a little bit about herself, and of course to give us advice on 1950s hairstyles that would be perfect for a fifties wedding!
What I love about retro hairstyles…The precision and glamour of the looks. The preparation and attention to detail, nothing ‘wash and go’ here! Lots of grooming and care. I set up Beehive Brides as a response to my own passion for all things vintage and I had worked for many years as a film hair and make-up artist. Weddings fulfil many aspects of what I love – glamour, attention to detail, creativity, families, occasion. Many brides dream of a certain look and I love adding hairpieces or using other film industry tricks to make this possible.
So, what were fifties hairstyles all about?
Fifties styles had volume and vavavoom! They were curled- not too tightly, quiffed, but not too high, dressed but not too severely. All in all women looked confident and in control. The war was over and women had gained a new confidence. Lipstick, powder and sex appeal. From housewives to shop-girls, women spent time on their appearance; beginning at a salon for a set or at home with their own rollers. Styles were made to last a good week and hairspray helped.
For us modern gals with a yearning to recreate these looks, I recommend trying the following:
- Set the hair with heated rollers and hairspray, allow to cool then brush out with a bristle brush.
- Section the hair from ear to ear. Backcombe the back section and sweep to one side.
- Grip up the middle and then sweep the other side across the grips, fold and grip.
- Next, backcombe the crown and smooth with hairspray and the bristle brush (I use a Mason Pearson) twist at the end and gently place over the top of the pleat you had already made.
- Backcombe the sides a little and sweep them away from the face, tuck in and grip the hair into the pleat. (on the first side you gripped)
- Then follow on with the other side – this will have to travel further to go over the pleat.. I sometimes use the ends of the hair to create curls around the fold of the pleat – good if you have lots of hair to pin up!
Grace Kelly styling
Set the hair as above with rollers, making neat partings.
- Brush through with the bristle brush and section the hair from top of ear to ear.
- Make a ponytail with a strong band and backcombe the ends in separate sections, smooth with hairspray and brush and grip in barrel curls.
- Sweep the side pieces and front away from the face and grip flat to the head, then backcombe gently again to make the barrel curls sit on the previous ones.
- Add combs of clip to finish off. The ultimate in moviestar glamour.
Thank you Fiona!