Friday, August 13, 2010

C'est le 13 août.

I have had this little French calendar for years, and I thought it would be a useful tool in attempting to teach you readers certain French phrases. The sentence for today made me melt when I read it, there's something even more romantic about the phrase when it's spoken in a Romance Language! So I thought I would share it with you.

P.S. Please excuse whichever day of the week it says, like Sunday. For this was from several years ago!

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Art of Pin Curls.

The beautiful bombshells of the 1940's and 50's, from the glamorous actresses to the stay-at-home mothers, they all had a classic loveliness that is quite different from modern "beauty". Their modest circle-skirted dresses were always ironed, their lips painted red, and their hair always curled to perfection. The secret to their "always completed" look were their pin curls. Many women went to the salon weekly to have their pin curls set, although some put in their own curls nightly (like my Nana did). I had been wanting to try pin curls for years, but hadn't had the right moment until I my wisdom teeth were removed this past week. Out of school for the summer and off from work for recovery from my surgery, I finally had enough time one morning to experiment with pin curls. I thought I would share this experience with you.

I learned how to arrange and set the pin curls here:

I found these HERE.

The tricks I learned:

  1. Set the curls when your hair is damp and towel-dried
  2. Use a setting lotion that is right for your hair, ie hair gel or hairspray
  3. Set aside PLENTY of time, this process took me two entire hours because I have so much hair!
  4. For tighter curls, put less hair in each pin curl. For looser curls or waves, put more hair in each pin curl
  5. The best time to set the curls is before bed, so put a scarf over your pins and sleep through the night!
  6. Only take the curls out once they are completely dry
  7. You can use a hairdryer to speed up the process
  8. After the pins are taken out, break up each curl with your fingers or you can lightly comb through the curls with a brush

The preparation:

The result: