Friday, April 23, 2010

VV Brown


I've gotten quite a few emails from fellow women of color asking about vintage hairstyles and I never know how to answer them. I have curly hair myself. I straighten it sparingly - once or twice a year at most... and I really don't style my hair in a vintage fashion.

I recently straightened and did pin curls for a loose wave... check it out HERE. (also, this is the first picture of myself I've ever posted!).

I've seen plenty of YouTube tutorials about vintage hair (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & not a tutorial, but I love her look: see HERE and HERE) and they all seem swell, but I never got around to trying any. Victory rolls, faux bangs, pincurls, and marcelling.... I usually leave that stuff to the experts.




Which brings me to VV Brown. (I'm not trying to get you to go out and buy anything! I have to do some further listening, as I've only heard the one song, myself - "Shark in the Water"). This songstress from the UK has a unique look for sure, and she owns it! This isn't the first time we've seen faux bangs in pop music AT ALL (I don't know what it is about Lady Gaga and/or songs with the word PHONE in them that makes Beyonce channel Bettie Page), but VV's look is consistent. She also seems to have a penchant for vintage silhouettes - fitted bodices and a-line skirts.








So, if you have straight hair, the faux bang may be an easy way to try a vintage hairstyle and retain some modernity all at once.






I'll also have to throw Janelle Monae's name out there for vintage hair inspiration.

12 comments:

  1. Haha. I love that picture of you! Silly faces are the best. And it's very cute. =D
    I don't think I've heard of VV Brown but she looks super cute! And I adore Janelle Monae's look, too.
    -Andi x

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  2. I've never heard of her before, but she's adorable! Loved the photo of you!

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  3. Fishy-faces forevah! Plus, your hair looks lovely.
    I've not hear of her before, but I will be checking her out for sure.

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  4. She reminds of Betty Page, and someone from the 1950s. lol.

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  5. She's a pretty girl. Any suggestions with regards to vintage clothes for men and where to find them? Gracias.

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  6. I've watched like one of her songs and it was cool but I was completely distracted by her clothes. The hard part of me is my short, relaxed hair. It's hard to find short hair styles that are still somewhat elaborate and kind of glamorous.Usually, i just fake a beehive and rock a bandana in a rockabilly sort of way. Sigh. It'd be nice to have more options.

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  7. Also, Beyonce channeling Bettie Paige (I posted about Video Phone on my blog when I first saw it) feels weird to me. Especially when she does it wearing a ratty wig. That woman has more money than God and can't find somebody to give her a good wig?

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  8. I have natural hair, and I recently did my hair in a Janelle MonĂ¡e inspired hair style, I did not straighten it. I was not going to post it, but you motivated me to.
    http://afrodandy.blogspot.com/2010/04/vintage-natural-hair.html

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  9. http://newvintagelady.blogspot.com has a couple of posts about her natural hair. I especially love one of her vintage-y styles in "Black hair: pt. 1". It looks so pretty! (It's the one where she's holding her camera up to her face, and she has a flower in her hair)

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  10. yay, love vv brown.


    can we get a profile on janelle monae's vintage style?

    <3

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  11. She is beautiful and talented, great review of her work.

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