Hello! Welcome back to another blog post featuring a historical, musical legendary, Aretha Franklin. Aretha Louise Franklin is known for hit songs such as “Respect”, “Freeway of Love” and “Natural Woman”. She was also featured in the hit movie Blues Brothers in 1980. Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25th, 1942 to a Baptist preacher father and gospel singer mother. With amazing musical talent in singing and piano, Aretha got her start by singing gospel in her father’s congregation.
Unfortunately, Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16th, 2018 due to pancreatic cancer and medical issues involving diabetes. Her funeral was televised and featured many other celebrities and public figures on August 31st, 2018.
She was known as the Queen of Gospel.
I always remember listening to Aretha Franklin while growing up. I especially enjoyed watching her scenes in the movie Blues Brothers and singing along to her hit songs – my favorite being “Think”. I created this vintage inspired hairstyle in memorial.
Below are the steps I completed to create this lovely 1960’s hairstyle featuring iconic flip curls.
I observe she may have been wearing a wig in the photos I used for inspiration, so I tried to keep the style authentic as I could with my natural hair.
1. I rolled my hair up the night before in a certain pattern with the rollers.
2. After taking down the rollers I brush out the curls. I add some pomade to keep everything smooth and together.
3. I then brush the ends of the hair backwards to create a “flip”. I use section clips around the hair and let it set for 10 minutes.
4. After 10 minutes, I grab sections of hair and began to tease especially at the roots. I’m not a fan of teasing! But I did so for the sake of this hairstyle. After teasing, I smoothed the hair back down while maintaining as much volume as possible.
5. I create bumper bangs using a makeup brush. I’m not a huge fan of bumper bangs, but I did so for the video! Since I don’t have bangs I decided to create bumper bangs as an easier method of creating bangs.
6. I finish off by spritzing my hair with curl holder spray.
7. I add mascara, blush and lipstick. In the video I featured my 1960’s authentic vintage sheath dress. Click here to learn more about the 1960's authentic vintage sheath dress I wore.
And all done! It may take practice doing flip curls. I’ve done flip curls most of my life so I’ve gotten the hang of it. I notice in the picture Aretha’s hair has some curls here and there – so I left the back a little curly since I couldn’t see the back of her hair in the photos.
Check out the video below for a visual tutorial. As always, thanks for watching!