About pincurlsandpout

With over 20 years experience in West End Theatre, Pincurls and Pout are passionate about all things vintage. We love to share ideas and inspire other vintage enthusiasts.

New Home

Dear Readers,
If you have been delightful enough to pop by for a read on this cold February night, (and quite frankly, why would you?} We have moved, not because we don’t appreciate wordpress but because we have gone up market and designed our very own website. If we still have your attention please follow the link http://pincurlsandpout.weebly.com

See you there. Jeanie x

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The Humble Beehive

1968,  I was 6 months old, the youngest of three, and my mum still managed to dress her hair in to a Beehive (I must have been an easy baby!)

The Beehive originated in the early 60’s. It was an extension of the 1950’s Bouffant. Backcombing, hair pieces and hairspray were used in abundance. Woman wrapped their hair in a scarf while they slept, not needing to wash or redo for a week.

 Marie Wilson bought back the style in the 80s with her band Marie Wilson and the Wilsations.

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More recently the late Amy Winehouse bought a contemporary feel to the style introducing the beehive to a new generation.

This season, 60’s styling in apparent in shops such as H&M, New Look, and even Sainsbury. So if you want to adopt the 60’s look but haven’t found an original outfit why not try shopping on the high street and add authenticity with your hair.

 Here is my take on the beehive.

 Thanks for listening.

Jeanie Pincurl Creates Waves

I may have mentioned how much I love a finger wave.

When I create waves in a wig I reverse pin curl wet hair using setting lotion. The wig is then left to dry in a wig oven/hot box or under a hood dryer. Once the hair is set, I comb the set out then use galloon or ribbon to pin down the waves. I then spray to set again before removing the ribbon.

 

However, when setting hair I find that ribbon does not give the same tension and block pins draw blood! So I need to create the waves in another way.

 A short cut to setting the hair is to use a small hot wand to create the curl; this can be wound in to a pincurl and set with a pincurl clip. Gel spray works well to hold the set in place.

Once the curls are set, take out the clips and comb the hair through. The waves then get pushed in to shape, squeezing each wave between two fingers

Using section clips in the direction of the wave can help to create definition.  Gel spray or hairspray sets the hair in to place.

When this is dry the clips can be removed. This should leave a deep-set wave which can be gently gripped to hold in place.

      Hats by Fairheads Headwear

Happy waving!

 

 

Finger Waves

 

Finger Waves

For anyone who knows my hairdressing, they will know that I love, love, love finger waves and will slip them in to as many ‘dos’ as I can.

But my relationship with the humble finger wave did not start well. Age 16 and in my first year at the London College of Fashion, I was set a homework to finger wave my dummy head over the weekend.

It was frustrating for all who were living with me as well as for me. In the end my mum came to my help under the guise of teaching me!

It was no surprise that the three students who had hairdressers for parents were the only ones with a complete head of waves.

Forward a couple of years and I land my first dream job on Me and my Girl at the Adelphi theatre. I am now 19yrs old and completely green.

Me and my Girl is set in the 1930s hence every wig abundant with waves, flicks and curls. The first three weeks I returned home crying every night ready to throw my dream of working in the Westend away. However, to my surprise I suddenly started to produce acceptable waves and people began to ask who had done such wonderful wigs?

I stayed at the Adelphi for nine months working with some lovely people both on and off the stage. Including the wonderful Bonnie Langford, the sweetest lady who appeared to provide a never ending bowl of chocolate.

Ever since then I have loved doing finger waves (ooh and eating chocolate too)  on hair or wigs. I love using them in both an authentic and contemporary way.

During A Christmas Carol at Chickenshed a few years ago I designed a short, fun waved wig for a female character called Bertie.

Here are a couple of ways to wear your waves.

Next time I’ll tell you how to achieve them on your own hair.

Thanks for Reading.

 

Afternoon Tea

Over the summer I have had the opportunity to visit lots of nice places. I have sampled home-made, awarding winning damson jam in Thame, falafel at the Camden Night Market, Afternoon Tea in Treacle’s Tea Room on The Green, chocolate orange cupcakes at the Vintage Tea Party and Gift Fair, fish and chips in Southend (served with a chilled glass of Prosecco) and most recently tea and scones in The Orchard, Grantchester and speciality teas in Henrietta’s, Cambridge.

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With the return of the British Bake Off I have been inspired not as you may imagine to bake but to eat cake and wear tea dresses, I have memories of being thrown out of home economics at secondary school for a disastrous Victoria sponge. Mary Berry would not entertain my presence in her kitchen. So rather than join in with the wonderful bakers, I have enjoyed the mere idea of tea and cakes.

So with a Sunday afternoon free a few of us got together, made ourselves pretty courtesy of Pincurls and Pout and dug out the tea set. Here are the results. Maybe Mel and Sue would care to join us one day.

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  Not a soggy bottom or tart tarte in sight.

Tangled

August 2012

 Pincurls and Pout have taken most of August off for a well-deserved break.

While Betsy got to go away I have had more of a stay-cation.  Catching up with friends, swimming, cycling and enjoying the British summertime.

I thought I could pack my hairdressing kit away for the summer.  However I have teenage daughters so this is not a possibility.

Watching Tangled recently for the very first time, I heard the words, “Will my hair do that?” I laughed and felt flattered that they think I can even make their hair like a Disney cartoon character.

Ha! My children know me better than I do and unaware that I was being manipulated a seed had been sown.

Two days later, having dug around in boxes under the bed, in the cupboard above the wardrobe, then finally outside in the boot of my car, I discovered four rather tatty hairpieces.  I gave them a brush through and shook them out.  Before I could think about washing them I had weaved them into Eavie’s hair. The clashing colours creating texture and interest to the style.

Eavie’s hand crocheted hair accessories added to the  Tangled look.

If you want to see how it turned out go to http://invisible-eavie.blogspot.co.uk/

I’d like to think that I wont fall for that again…watch this space.

Chicago

Ruthie Henshall 1997

Chicago has been in the Westend for 15 years now, but sadly this week it received its notice and the final curtain will fall on September 1st.

I was fortunate to be involved with the show when it was at the Adelphi Theatre. Personally it wasn’t one of my happiest. I didn’t come away with lifelong friends, however professionally it took me on to another level.

Set in mid 1920s, during the prohibition era the story covers the trials of two women accused of killing their lovers. Bob Fosse choreography set the scene for many exceptional dancers to showcase their talent.

For me it was a period in hairstyling that I was yet to experience on for the stage. Up until then I had perfected finger waves on Me and My Girl, the 50’s wet set on Grease, 70’s buns and flicks Vietnamese style on Miss Saigon and the 1940’s rolls and bangs (my favourite era) on Sunset Boulevard, to name but a few.

Chicago was a mix of hairstyling, wigs and hairpieces. A pleasure to make hair that is both beautiful and sexy.  In this show the dancers dance with an energy and intensity that can challenge even the best set and pinned hair style.

My own take on Chicago is a bob that I have recreated again and again.

So, it is with a sad heart that the westend community say goodbye to such a great show and I am already anticipating it’s return in the future.