Unextreme Make-Over: Audrey Hepburn’s Hair

All this effort of growing out my hair for the last year is beginning to pay off. Margot Redlinger, my stylist at City Looks, has been helping me learn about sets and dos. Of course, I am still very much the amateur, but Aveda-trained Margot does amazing things with color, and really knows her vintage.

Last night, I suggested we do something from the sixties. Margot came up with this design on her own, but it’s almost exactly like the Audrey Hepburn hair outlined in Vintage Hairstyling by Laura Runnells (see my Vintage links page for more information). How did we do this?

First of all, Margot blow dried my hair with a large round brush. We brushed the hair in segments and then once the hair was dry, we moved onto the curling.

If you were setting your hair wet, you’d want a medium roller. Make sure to brush out a small piece of hair to leave straight. If you curl the hair, use a large roll curling iron and thermal spray (which is really important to protect your hair.)

Hair at the top of the head is curled away from your forehead, teased, and sprayed. Hair on the sides and back of your head is curled toward the center of your hair.

Margot used a setting powder at the base of each of the top curls for extra hold. The teased curl mass was smoothed together, pinned into place, and sprayed with a soft but firm holding hair spray. The side curls are manipulated into a French twist.

To make the French twist, secure the hair on the left side of your hair with bobby pins off center, so they can be covered with the right twist of hair, that is tucked under and pinned.

Here’s a video that might help you with the teasing. And here’s a tutorial on the French Twist.

Happy hairstyling. I’m hoping to repeat this style for a new set of author photos, eventually.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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