Create Vintage Inspired Wedding Hairstyles – a book of beauty

Create Vintage Inspired Wedding Hairstyles review
I rarely ever, ever review books on this blog. This is actually a bit strange, as books are a big part of my life – from the constant reading of them to the day job in publishing. However, back in the days when probably not even my mum was reading this blog, a book review was the very first thing I ever posted here, before I took a 3+ year hiatus from my blossoming literary critic career to focus on my need to share pictures of myself in dresses. So, as it stands, the only other book I’ve ever reviewed was also by Lauren Rennells, therefore it’s pretty evident that a book either has to be exceptionally special for me to blog about it, or it has to be written by Lauren Rennells. Fortunately, this book qualifies on both counts.
Create Vintage Inspired Wedding Hairstyles by Lauren Rennells book review
© 2015 HRST Books

It really is the most gorgeous book that could ever grace your coffee table, from the cover’s matte finish and french flaps to the stunning illustrations on the inside. And that’s before you even get to the hairstyles themselves, which are no less than works of art. Surely, Lauren is the Rodin of hair – the styles she creates are nothing short of sculptural genius! It was through reading this book that I learned that sewing your hairstyle in place is an actual thing… Yes, you heard, sewing.

Create Vintage Inspired Wedding Hairstyles by Lauren Rennells book review
© 2015 HRST Books
You’ll also never look at a playing card in the same way again once you’ve seen what it can do as a hair tool… Hence I had to include this spread of all of the various implements and what they do (see – needle and thread!!). Generally, throughout, everything is as clear and explained as possible and Lauren lets you know which era she’s taken inspiration from…
Create Vintage Inspired Wedding Hairstyles by Lauren Rennells book review

… However, you would probably be fooling yourself if you thought you could pick this book up and overnight would be able to create the masterpieces within its pages. These hairstyles are formal styles intended for all-day events like weddings, so they are immaculately crafted to the last hair with the intention of staying very well put. If you’ve read Lauren’s previous book, Vintage Hairstyling, you’ll know that this one is aimed as more of an ‘every day’ style guide and the styles are definitely less complicated and easier to follow than what’s on offer here. However, they’re also still fairly advanced for your average person – or, well, for me anyway, who is terrified of curling tongs (the accidental burns, the rubbish curls at the back of your head, the insane amount of time they take to use – the horror! The top picture’s curls were achieved with Lauren’s very own sleep-in Rockin’ Rollers – a review of these is coming!). A lot of Lauren’s styles use heat styling and having a phobia of such equipment isn’t particularly ideal for using her books and definitely won’t help you out in using this latest offering. Nor will it be helpful if you’re not someone who likes following instructions… Each style has a lot of instructions!

Create Vintage Inspired Wedding Hairstyles by Lauren Rennells book review
© 2015 HRST Books
Like I say, these are generally complicated styles and they’re going to take patience and following the rules to make them look like the photos. So why would a girl like me covet a book like this, considering I’ll probably never follow a single step in its pages?


Create Vintage Inspired Wedding Hairstyles by Lauren Rennells book review
© 2015 HRST Books
Because I can still appreciate this book for the beautiful feat of publishing that it is, regardless of my lack of talent as a hairstylist! I’m totally ok with the fact the pages are essentially paper eye-candy for me… I kind of feel this book is some sort of wonderful hair window shopping. My own copy is also particularly special as it was gifted to me by one of my best friends, who is getting married next year. I love the idea that we could use this book as inspiration for what we might do with my hair as the bridesmaid – and hers as the bride! In a nutshell this book is basically summarised as: life hair goals. Life hair goals that I would happily pay an actual hairstylist to achieve on my behalf for a formal event.
Create Vintage Inspired Wedding Hairstyles by Lauren Rennells book review
© 2015 HRST Books
So if you can use a pair of tongs and have more patience than me (think of my levels as being on a par with a child having a temper tantrum’s), what are you waiting for? But even if you’re not, I still think this is a book to own just to own it, it’s that stunning and the passion that’s gone into it is completely clear in every single page. You’ll certainly learn something about hairstyles in different eras too.
And might I suggest that if you are daunted by Lauren’s hair guides, that you give Retro Makeup a try? I adore this book as even a novice like me can follow every step and it opens your eyes to the history of makeup as well as the beauty. Highly recommended.
Thanks to Lauren herself for allowing me to use the above images.


  1. July 12, 2015 / 7:47 am

    Okay, I officially need this book in my life and on my shelves. What a stunning howto and look at the history of mid-century styles. Thank you for this terrific review. I loved your introductory paragraph and that your second ever book review here was by the same author as the first. That's really charming!

    ♥ Jessica

    • July 13, 2015 / 12:18 pm

      Note I didn't include the link to it as couldn't see past the cringe factor of it being my first post 😀 Glad you found this review helpful, Jessica 🙂

  2. July 12, 2015 / 8:44 am

    I've always been on the fence with this book, but I think you've convinced me! I love vintage style up-do's and I feel that a lot of books don't really focus on them enough. Thank you for reviewing this, it's so lovely to hear how other people feel about it to give you a good idea of what its like. 🙂

    • July 13, 2015 / 12:19 pm

      It does feel a bit like 'I don't go to weddings every day, so why would I drop so much money on this book', but it really is a good read! She really knows her stuff. Glad to be useful!!

  3. July 12, 2015 / 10:35 am

    I really want the make up one, waiting till I have a bit of spare cash. How did you find the rockin rollers? I can't seem to get them to work now my hair is shorter, I love the idea though.


    • July 13, 2015 / 12:20 pm

      The make-up one is still my favourite of the three just because I can actually do the things in it and also because I generally can't get enough of make-up! I love the rockin' rollers – they work really well on my hair. I would have thought that anything as long as shoulder-length should work for them, so I'm surprised if you didn't get on with them, but what I would say is that I follow her instructions booklet on the set very carefully and I think that's the key. Along with not having completely wet or compeltely dry hair when I set them (more on this to come). x

  4. July 12, 2015 / 12:27 pm

    these hairstyles are very pretty! even though I would probably not do these hairstyles on me, I think it would nice to own just to look at the pictures 😀 it's definitely a paper eye-candy, like you said 😉


    • July 13, 2015 / 12:21 pm

      That's mostly why I like it – pretty pictures! 🙂

  5. July 12, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Hmm, I've had my eye on this book, and on that top left hairstyle on the cover! I'm not that great with hair stuff, but I know I need to make an effort for wedding so I suppose I should start practicing. I'm intrigued by the Rockin' Rollers, just checked out Lisa Freemont Streets Youtube video and I'm really tempted to try them now. Can't wait for your review! xx

    • July 13, 2015 / 12:22 pm

      That was precisely what drew me to it as well – the top left hairstyle! Which looks like it should be so simple but is about as complicated as everything else in this book! The stuff in here is beyond my ability, for sure… The Rockin' Rollers even a fool like me with know curling knowledge can use successfully, so I do recommend them and will get that review up at some point soon! xx

  6. July 13, 2015 / 12:15 am

    Grrr, I think Google at my comment.
    I don't know if I'd get this particular book (I rarely go to formal occasions, and I rarely attempt "formal" hair when I do), but the Vintage Hairstyling book sounds like something I should look into. If it's as detailed and helpful as this one is, it sounds like it would be great to have on hand, and I can always use a little inspiration.
    Digging your curls, by the way. I can't wait to read the roller review.

    • July 13, 2015 / 12:24 pm

      It seems to pick on people to randomly delete comments they've spent a while writing :S the other book is definitely more everyday but still needs some patience and time – just not the crazy time these styles need! They're great to get ideas from regardless, for sure. Glad you like the curls – I've been quite pleased with how the rollers work 😀

  7. July 14, 2015 / 11:32 am

    I love lauren rennels other books, so I was definitely tempted to pick this up. Even though I have short hair, I have been asked to do other peoples hair for things before. I wasn't going to get this one, but I might just have to sneak it into a wishlist for future bdays. great review!

    • July 15, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      Glad you liked it! I do enjoy that I have the full set of her books now, I won't lie 😉 This one is definitely the most covetable!

    • July 16, 2015 / 12:20 pm

      I agree, it's amazing! Would look so good with a mini-dress… xx

  8. August 2, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    I like the look of this! And probably I would only look at it as I can but dream of being skilled enough to manage hair do's like this. I have yet to manage a victory roll!

  9. October 18, 2015 / 3:50 pm

    This look is perfect! Our wedding was arranged in vitage style as me and my hubby were nuts about vintage in everything. I chose a vintage hairstyle from here and got tons of compliments.

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