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December 20, 2013

Valley of the Dolls by Jen Hughes

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Valley of the Dolls by Jen Hughes

Mini skirts, go-go boots, groovy op-art prints. Purveyors of fashion, beauty and hair have an ongoing love affair with all things ‘60s and who can blame them? With the retro-stylized success of the hit show Mad Men and the swinging sixties hair and makeup on the fall runways, the ‘60s are having another major moment. The decade that gave us everything from Bewitched to Barbarella to Bond girls also brought us big, beautiful hair. Three voluminous looks inspired by ‘60s style icons are reincarnated for 2013 by faithfully following the original techniques—using plenty of backcombing, hairspray and pins—but with a softer, less-perfect finish for a more modern feel.

This pulled-back brunette bouffant captures the essence of Catherine Deneuve meets a young Priscilla Presley. Create this come-hither style by setting hair with a strong hold, but flexible hairspray and large hot rollers for lots of volume at the roots. Following the same steps as for the voluminous ponytail, separate the front of the hair from the back with an ear-to-ear part, backcomb and add a filler piece for extra height at the crown. Use hairspray liberally and complete the style by smoothing the section of hair in front of the ears and pinning it behind the filler piece. Maintain looseness and a fluffy texture versus finishing too perfectly, that way the look feel au courant and not kitschy.

Who did it
Hair: Jen Hughes
Hair assistants: D’angelo Alston & Larissa Wong
Photography: Corey Tenold
Photo editing: Erin Smith
Makeup: Janell Geason

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