New year, new hair

gwenstella ash grey hair retro vintage style

gwenstella ash grey hair retro vintage styleI finally got my hair done again just a week before the Lunar New Year, and I’m so happy to go from cheap to chic!

My last hair dye job was in August 2016 and while the colour was glorious at the start, it faded fairly quickly despite the fact that I was only washing my hair 2-3 times each week. I ended up having to tolerate a cheap brassy tone for the longest time, because getting a hair appointment once every 3 months just for the colour isn’t quite the lifestyle that I want.

gwenstella ash grey hair retro vintage style

I am hoping that my new hair colour will last longer this time. My scalp has been slowly adjusting to the reduced frequency of hair washing, and I am now down to washing my hair 1-2 times only each week. (Hooray to less waster usage, less shampoo usage, and less time spent in the shower!)

gwenstella ash grey hair retro vintage style

gwenstella ash grey hair retro vintage style

On top of that, I am also using a colour shampoo once a week which will hopefully help to retain the vibrancy of my current dye job. As I said before, bleaching my hair and getting a balayage at a proper salon is definitely one of the best things I have done to my hair. My bleached locks is less slippery to work with when I put them in foam rollers. Also, curls show up so much better with the colour!

I haven’t quite decided on a go-to colour yet. I am not sure if I will ever have one. There’s a good chance that I will do pink again once my hair is long enough for the ends to be easily hidden in a bun for when I go to work. But for now, I’m just gonna stick with ash grey for at least the next 6 months or so. Let’s see if it works out! x

gwenstella ash grey hair retro vintage style

gwenstella ash grey hair retro vintage style

 

The girl with sunlight in her hair

gwenstella asian balayage ombre brown gold hair dye

gwenstella asian balayage ombre brown gold hair dyeThe last time I bleached (almost half of) my hair was about 4 years ago. I loved it, I had to cut it, and I have always missed it… until now.

Back then, I was just a student in my last year of uni. A roommate I was living with kindly offered to bleach my hair for me. My hair was almost up to my waist; I had nothing to lose.

gwenstella balayage ombre asian hair

Circa August 2012. (Note the thrifted vintage woollen jumper and glasses – I was a hipster)

gwenstella balayage ombre asian hair

Circa August 2012. (Yes, definitely digging the hipster grandpa style with my other thrifted vintage oversized knitted jumper and laced-up brogues)

Circa September 2012

Circa September 2012

Circa March 2013

Circa March 2013.

gwenstella ombre dip dye pink hair manic panic pretty flamingo

Circa May 2013.

It was done on a cold winter afternoon, with just a single box of blonde hair dye/bleach, a plastic comb and some aluminium foil. The wait was long, and the smell of hydrogen peroxide was strong. I didn’t know what to expect. But the result was nothing short of exciting. I was a true rebel! Bleached ends! My life was full possibilities!

Unsurprisingly, a couple of weeks later, I bought my first bottle of Manic Panic colour in the loveliest shade of pink – Pretty Flamingo. I became a unicorn…

As it usually goes, another life happened after uni, and I shed my unicorn mane.

Since then, I have always dreamt about colouring my hair again. I decided to get a balayage done on my hair after seeing a photo of Alexa Chung on Pinterest one day. Many of the trendy hair colour salons that I enquired quoted approximately $200-300++ for the colour treatment, and I decided that it was too costly for me. (I mean, I’d rather buy a rare 1950s Hawaiian dress with matching bolero with that kind of money.)

gwenstella asian balayage ombre brown gold hair dye

gwenstella asian balayage ombre brown gold hair dye

gwenstella asian balayage ombre brown gold hair dye

Wearing: Green gold glitter crop top (second-hand via Carousell app), high-waisted denim shorts (purchased in Sydney over 3 years ago), beaded gold bag (second-hand via Carousell app), laced-up flats (via online shopping market)

But the universe had other plans (or rather, Google was good at their algorithms). I came across Ivy Rupef’s page on Instagram (@ivyrupefhair) by chance one day. The price that was quoted seemed so much more affordable, so I contacted her immediately for an appointment. Ivy was very knowledgeable in the area of hair colouring and very professional. The entire process took around 2.5 hours and cost me only $148 for my shoulder-length hair. The result is absolutely fantastic! I have gotten so many compliments on it and I’m just so in love with how it looks. How is it that it took me so long to get this done?

My hair is bright again and so are my days. x

Cropped

1960s style pixie cut

1960s style pixie cut

Every once in a while, I feel the desperate need for a change in my hairstyle. Back when I was in uni, I grew my hair long for over 2 years with the grand plan of bleaching the tips and dyeing them a funky colour. I did it and loved it. Then I started work and hiding my wild roots proved to be pretty cumbersome. So, I chopped the coloured tips.

Last year, I grew weary of the hot, humid weather of Singapore and the constant need to tie my hair up at work. So, I chopped it to a little bob that was just above the shoulder.

Then my hair grew long and I was enjoying doing vintage long hairstyles on weekends. But the longer it grew, the more tiresome it became when tying it up for work. I often ended up with a slight headache at the end of the day for some reason.

I finally decided to get a pixie cut when I found myself being mesmerised by Viv Maguire’s style on Love Child (an Australian drama series set in the 1969). I thought doing vintage style with a pixie cut would be something new and fun, so I decided to try it out!

Now, I trawl Pinterest and the rest of the Internet on a regular basis for photos of Jean Seberg, Twiggy, and Edie Sedgwick. These style icons from the swinging 1960s are my inspirations.

Twiggy and her eye make-up:

http://nick-b.hubpages.com/hub/A-Brief-Fashion-History-Of-England-Part-2-The-Sixties-1

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I have only given Twiggy’s eye make-up a try (just for fun) once. The additional eyeliner along the upper sockets of the eye doesn’t work the same way for my eyes (for obvious reasons), but I think I am going to give it another go just to see how I could tweak it and make it more suitable for myself.

Jean Seberg and her casual 1960s style:

http://cinyma.tumblr.com/post/52299659925/jean-paul-belmondo-and-jean-seberg-on-the-set-of

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I haven’t personally watched Breathless, but this iconic t-shirt has definitely taken my breath away! I have some ideas brewing in my head for recreating this t-shirt. I can’t wait to recreate this classic, casual look.

Edie Sedgwick and her statement earrings:

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I have a whole bunch of dangly statement earrings kept away in a jewellery box for the longest time. To me, dangly statement earrings have always been so pretty to look at but so tricky to wear. But looking at Edie Sedgwick’s photos just make me think, “whatever!” These black ornate statement pieces are stunning, and I think maybe I will try to recreate them too.

1960s style pixie cut

How about you? Do you have any style muse? Do you also consider hairstyle when searching for vintage style inspiration?

x G

The enduring style of the short bob

I’ve been wanting to get a hair cut for the longest time. I was sick of my long hair and I wanted a change. But I was hesitant because styling vintage short hair seems very tricky (think pin curls and all). Then I did some research via the good ol’ Internet and it struck me… There’s a hairstyle that’s perfect for modern and mid-century looks. Behold – the short bob.

1950s

1950s

1950s

1950s

1950s

1950s

1960s

1960s

1960s

1960s

1970s

1970s

Bonus! The presence of a short bob persists even until the 1970s! I am starting to believe that the short bob is perhaps the most enduring hairstyle of all time. But hey, you know, vintage style is enduring.

And  here’s what happened when I set my hair wet on foam curlers overnight, with style inspiration from girls’ fashion from 1950s…

1950s inspired short bob style with vintage plastic hair clip

Is it time for your haircut?

(Sewing pattern scans from here, here, here, here, here, here)