Sunday, May 26, 2019

Ten (10) Beginner Vintage Hairstyling Tips for Black Women




Vintage hairstyling is a creative, feminine method for Black women to style their hair. From pin curls, victory rolls, short curly styles with natural coils and glamorous soft waves – there’s an abundance of classic hairstyles to achieve. Before engaging in vintage hairstyling it’s best to fully understand the techniques and styles in order to successfully sculpt, roll, curl, tuck and adorn your hair.







During the vintage historical times Black women kept their natural hair straightened. I discuss this topic more in the video below. This type of hairstyling would be ideal for women who like to style their hair while it’s straightened. I will be posting tutorials on creating vintage hairstyling using natural hair (non-straightened) via my YouTube channel.

Vintage hairstyling may take some time to adapt to. As I mention many times, it takes lots of practice! Below are some helpful tips for beginners looking to get started in vintage hairstyling.

In the video below I discuss 10 tips about vintage hairstyling for Black women who are new with vintage hairstyling or looking to get started with this historical endeavor. Below is also a list of accessories and tools that can help style and adorn your hair. Remember - the more feminine the better!








Hair Accessories:

Here is a list of ideas for accessories to obtain for vintage hairstyling. These items can be found at flea markets, vintage marketplaces, online such as eBay, Etsy and online vintage stores. Some items can be handmade too.

1. Hair flowers
2. Headbands
3. Side combs and barrettes
4. Scarfs (lace, silk or paisley standard)
5. Banana clips
6. Lots of bobby pins
7. Styling brushes (Denman, Miracle Curl Brush), rat tail combs
8. Bun and roll makers


Hair Tools:


Here is a list of ideas for hair tools to obtain for vintage hairstyling. These tools can be found at major stores or online.

1. Hooded dryer (or regular dryer depending on hair type)
2. Curling irons
3. Heat protection spray and curl holding spray
4. Pomade and gel
5. Sponge rollers, foam rollers, bendy rollers, pillow rollers, satin rollers or spiral rollers
6. Pin curlers, duckbill clips, wave clips
7. I think I mentioned bobby pins before
8. Hot comb or straightener. I don't recommend or suggest harsh chemicals!




View more beautiful tutorials and photos via Instagram and YouTube!


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Betty Shabazz (Malcolm X's Wife) Vintage Inspired Hairstyle Tutorial & Info (Early 1960's)





In today’s blog post I will be taking you back into the early 1960’s. Many of you know I love recreating vintage hairstyles by historical figures and celebrities. I’ll be demonstrating and discussing a vintage hairstyle inspired by Betty Shabazz who was an educator, Civil Rights activist and wife of Malcolm X (one of my favorite leaders too!)


Who Was Betty Shabazz?

Betty Shabazz was born Betty Dean Sanders (May 28th 1934 – June 23rd 1997) in Pinehurst, Georgia, although she claimed to be from Detroit, Michigan. At age 11, Shabazz was taken from her home due to her mother’s abuse and was taken in by a  new family who were active members in the National Council of Negro Women, NAACP and help organized campaigns to support Black owned businesses.

Despite her new family’s activism they shielded her from racism. In a 1995 issue of Ebony Magazine Shabazz mentioned: “Race relations were not discussed and it was hoped that by denying the existence of race problems, the problems would go away. Anyone who openly discussed race relations was quickly viewed as a troublemaker”.

In my perspective, this sounds quite familiar in the modern generation!

Pictured: Malcolm X, his wife and 2 daughters

After high school Shabazz left Detroit and studied at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and then Brooklyn State College of Nursing in New York in 1953. While attending school, she was invited to a party at the Nation of Islam temple in Harlem. That’s when she met Malcolm X. She attended his services and converted to Islam in 1956 and changed her surname to X as well.

Malcolm and Betty were married in January 14th 1958. They together had six daughters. They left the Nation of Islam in 1964.

Unfortunately, Malcolm X was assassinated during one of his speeches on February 21st 1965. Betty was left to raise her six daughters alone.

She earned her doctorate in higher-education administration from the University of Massachusetts in 1970 and worked as an associate professor of health sciences in 1976.

Sadly, on June 23rd 1997, Betty passed away. She suffered burns over 80 percent of her body due to her grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, setting fire in her apartment. He was sentenced 18 months in juvenile detention for manslaughter and arson. She is laid to rest next to her husband in Ferncliff Cemetary in Hartsdale, New York.


Pictured: Betty Shabazz in the 1960's





Betty Shabazz Vintage Inspired Hairstyle




I created this hairstyle in recognition of Betty Shabazz. The style is very simple to do and appears to be early 1960’s. I wasn’t able to see the back of her hair in this particular photo, so I had to create my own style towards the back by securing it with a decorative bobby pin. 

This style can be done for class, errands, shopping or even a 1960’s style night out for the vintage enthusiast! It's perfect or all hair lengths too - especially medium to long hair. 

You don’t necessarily have to have under curls, but it helps to give that 1960’s authentic look. It does take practice brushing out the ends to create smooth under curls.







I hope you enjoy this vintage inspired hairstyle! Thanks for watching.


Click the video below to watch the full tutorial:





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Betty Shabazz speaking in 1971



Works Cited: U.S. National Park Services www.nps.gov


Thursday, May 16, 2019

HOW TO: 1950's Vintage Brush Out Demonstration on Natural Straightened Hair





In my latest vintage hair styling tutorial, I demonstrate how to a 1950's style brush out. You may hear the word "brush out" often in vintage hair styling which refers to brushing out the curls set by either sponge rollers or pin curls into a classic style. The most important component to a brush out is to set your sponge rollers or pin curls in a specific pattern that will help manipulate the shape and style of the brush out. In this tutorial, I'm using sponge rollers - of course - set in a standard rolling pattern. 


It can take practice getting the hang of doing a brush out and keeping the hair smooth and the curls
curly and not slip out. It's all about the "brush" - literally! I use the Miracle Brush by Vintage Hairstyling by Lauren Rennells. I find that using a boar brush on Afro-textured hair will fluff your curls which will give you more of a 1980's style. If you don't have a brush designed for brushing out curls, I recommend using a small tooth comb or spiral brush.




There are many brush outs to do and some are done before doing a specific hairstyle - such as the 1940's Pageboy style. My favorite go-to brush out is a classic 1950's style as the one I demonstrate in the video below. It's very simple to do and take less time to do for a vintage hairstyle.


Below is a step by step tutorial on how to a classic 1950's brush out style. The video below gives a visual demonstration on the style.


Items You Will Need:

  1. Sponge rollers or pins (for pin curls)
  2. Rat tail comb
  3. Curl brush. I'm using the Miracle Curl Brush by Vintage Hairstyling
  4. Bobby pins (small and large)
  5. Holding spray
  6. A moisturizer. I use Africa's Best, olive oil and Cantu Oil Sheen
  7. Pomade. I use DAX vegetable oil base pomade
  8. Duckbill clips


The Brush Out:

1. Start by taking down your rollers or pin curls. Do not brush or separate curls just yet! Keep your curls intact as much as possible.

2. At this point I use my oil and moisturizer and rub throughout my hair as I gently separate curls with my fingertips.

3. I create a deep part on side of my hair. Then I create a medium-sized section of hair in the front and roll it up for later use.

4. I then start brushing out the rest of my hair, shaping it and manipulating it into a 1950's vintage style. I keep the back part curly and the crown of my hair very smooth. I add bobby pins towards the bottom of my hair.

5. Take down the front section that was rolled up earlier and begin brushing that out as well. I brush this out so it remains smooth but curly to frame my face. (It's okay if it turns into a wave.) I shape it with a high arch in the front.

6. I use duckbill clips around the hair to help frame and shape it around. I leave the clips in for about 10-15 minutes and spritz my hair with holding spray.

7. After 10-15 minutes take down the duckbill clips. Began smoothing down fly-aways with the back of a comb. Pin down any loose curl. I then spritz my hair with Cantu oil sheen spray for extra shine.

8. After any last minute touches - you're all done!



Below is a video demonstration on how to do a simple brush out. Of course you can style it as you wish and use different products that works for you. Thanks for watching! I hope this helps!







Saturday, May 11, 2019

What's In My Bag: The Grayslake IL Vintage & Antique Marketplace Shopping Haul - Spring 2019


1940's Vintage Authentic Dress with Berylanne


It’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted. I apologize for the dead air! In this blog post I’ll be sharing the wonderful vintage items I purchased from a local flea marketplace event. The Grayslake Illinois Vintage & Antique Marketplace takes place once a month and features an entire warehouse of vintage vendors from clothes, appliances, machines, books, cards, signs and just everything vintage! I’ll share another shopping haul post and video when I attend again in the future. I'm so happy to share these items with you.




The first item I’d like to discuss is this beautiful 1920’s sterling silver handheld mirror. I went to the event with wanting a vintage vanity mirror in mind. After checking out other authentic vintage style mirrors – nothing was to my liking. I then saw a vendor selling lots of vintage mirrors next to a vendor section where I was trying on a few dresses. She had been in the vintage mirror business for quite a few years and was deciding to sell off her remaining vintage mirrors. I negotiated this one for only $20 dollars.

Despite a few scratches and signs of age, this vanity handheld mirror features a floral design that flows down to the handle. It is estimated to be from the 1920’s due to its beveled mirrored design in the front.



The next item I picked up was a vintage fragrance atomizer made in Austria. I’ve always been interested in these vintage style bottles and later learned it’s called an “atomizer”!




There are lots of other vintage treasures including a 1940’s vintage dress, a 1950's cocktail hat with rhinestones and brooch as well as a 1950’s lace petticoat. I will be doing a separate blog post with a review about the 1940’s vintage dress.






The video below features more vintage items I bought. I usually find the items I really want while thrifting, more than modern shopping. I can’t wait to attend another flea market event again!