Easy Headscarf Updo with Clumsy Kate.

Headscarves are my go to for a casual and wearable vintage style so for my latest tutorial I teamed up with headscarf maker extradinaire, Clumsy Kate. Kate is a professional print designer and is mad about Mid Century design, Tiki, Pineapples, Cacti, and small cute dogs, which really shows in her own fun novelty print fabrics. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the new prints from her Spring/Summer collection, the Poodle Parade chiffon scarf. This was inspired by the poodle parade at Atomic Festival of Vintage which happens not far from me each year at Sywell. The best bit about this look is the scarf does all the talking, so Kate’s eye catching prints work perfectly for this. Now all you need to do is follow these easy steps to a great vintage look with minimal effort.

Tip: It’s best to do this sort of style on day old hair as it’ll be less slippery. However you can always add a little spritz of dry shampoo to create some texture and make the hair easier to work with.

Step 1

Step 1: Take a decent section of hair at the front of your head. You can use the back of your ear as a guide as to how far to take the section back (it should run roughly from the middle of each eyebrow.) I often use these features to create sections on myself and clients. You will then need to backcomb the hair. Do this in small sections and work into the base of the roots so the section looks neat but has great structure. The hair should start to stand up from the head if done correctly.

DSC_0911Step 2: Wrap the section around your fingers and roll it down tightly towards the scalp. You might need to do this a couple of times to get it how you like it and it’ll take a bit of practice and patience, but keep going as the hair will get easier to work with the more you do it. Once you are happy with it, secure it in place with hair grips and spray with hairspray. You can flatten any fly-aways by smoothing the hair with your hand as the hairspray drys.

DSC_0927Step 3:  Pull the remaining hair into a sleek, high ponytail that sits directly behind the front roll. Make sure the back of the head is smooth with no lumps and bumps.

DSC_0938(1)Step 4: Once the hair is secured in the ponytail, take the ends and create several loops with the hair that fill the top of the head. These should be secured in place with pins and then sprayed in place with hairspray.

DSC_0943Step 5: Now take your headscarf! This chiffon poodle scarf I used here is by Clumsy Kate and is the perfect size. Fold your scarf in half so it looks like a triangle and then fold it up once or twice till it looks like a bandana.

DSC_0949Step 6: Finally tie the headscarf firmly around your head, covering right up to the styled curls at the top. You can then tie off the remainder into ears or a bow. This hairstyle works really well with both chiffon and fabric headbands as you can see below (all headscarves supplied by Clumsy Kate.)

Tip: Cross your hair grips at the back of the scarf for extra security to stop the scarf moving.

To buy your own Clumsy Kate scarf (or any of the other lovely handcrafted goodies she offers) check out her Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ClumsyKate. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram or her website here: http://www.clumsykate.com/.

Or to book me for a private hair lesson or styling session you can email me on sarahsdoowopdos@gmail.com


Hair, styling and tutorial by Sarah’s Doo-Wop Dos

Model: Patsy http://junglepat.blogspot.co.uk

Photogrpahy: Jez Brown

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