So, Part 1 about getting Bettie Page inspired hair was *cough* a little while ago now, but I hadn’t forgotten about Part 2! I wanted to try to achieve a more ‘modern pin-up’/Dita Von Teese ‘do with a wig, by which I mean a shoulder-length style with the curls concentrated at the bottom of the hair. Getting an authentic 50s style curl set like this that holds would ideally involve overnight setting and a whole lot of practice. It also requires your hair to not be too long – and mine is certainly in that category. So can a wig do the job for you?
Here I’m wearing the Honey wig from Annabelle’s Wigs – the black version of which they call the Dita, for probably obvious reasons. The side parting and curl shape has obviously taken inspiration from Dita’s trademark style. It also comes in golden brown, blonde, platinum blonde and auburn, so this is a great one in terms of experimenting and for getting a match to your natural hair, hopefully. I actually think that’s one of the keys to this particular wig…
As before, I’m going to show you how to wear this wig four vintage-inspired ways!
MUCH better! All I’ve done is put a bobby pin (kirby grip) just behind my ears each side (where I’m pointing), having pinned back just a bit of the front section to stop it from getting all over my face. This helps keep it neat, the curls in place and gives it quite an authentic feel, I think.
Pin with flowers
Another suggestion is to use more decorative ‘pins’ than the humble kirby grip. Here I’ve used a pair of matching hair flowers which actually helps give the wig more of a 40s vibe, I think, but still pretty and also practical – each clip is holding back a section of that front hair again. It’s a smaller section pinned back this time, and the result is a more curly, relaxed looking ‘do. I think this wig would also work marvellously with a flower crown on a headband for the same reason.
- It will look more natural if you choose a colour that’s similar to your own hair – the hair line of this wig is quite ‘blunt’ because it has no fringe, so if your hairline isn’t neat and you have strays/baby hair poking through it’s going to look better with a closer colour match
- Like most wigs made of this particular kind of synthetic material, it’s going to be hard to give it any kind of volume, so it’s not the wig for you if you’re looking to add height
- I’ve mentioned it above but to say it again, spend some time brushing it into shape from the packet; I’ve seen photos on the company’s website where it looks like the wearers haven’t done this and the result is a bit messy and more ‘modern’ looking. Any pin-up knows the benefits of a proper brush-out and this wig is no exception…
Hope you enjoyed the second part of my mini wig series! You’ll have seen I had some fun with wigs for our wedding portraits, which is why I started experimenting in the first place. I’ve since added faux Bettie bangs and a ponytail to my collection, which are super fun to play with too. The ponytail I wear almost weekly now and has appeared in photos here and here, among others!