Vintage Hairstyling 3rd Edition – Curling and Brushing/Shaping – Part 2

Welcome to the 2nd installment of What the new book is. If you are just getting here, you can check out the 1st blog post in this series here.

If you have been thinking about purchasing the new 3rd Edition of Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques, but want to know more about it, you have come to the right place! This is the 2nd of 5 blog posts I have written to share some of the information you will find in the book and some of my favorite parts of the book.

If you are unfamiliar with what this book is or what the 2nd edition was, here is a quick synopsis. Vintage Hairstyling is a tutorial book on recreating hairstyles from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with start to finish instructions using hundreds of detailed photographs. The book includes a breakdown of the techniques used in the past, modern equivalent options to achieve the same look, and ideas on combining elements to suit your hair and tons of advice to perfect your skills.

In part 2 of what the new book is I am covering the Curling and Brushing & Shaping sections of the book. These 2 sections make up almost 1/3 of the book! I cover a lot of material in these pages.


Curling is the beginning of 99.9% of vintage hairstyles. Curls are the building blocks of a vintage hair. The curls section gives you the start of what you need to know to do the full hairstyles in the rest of the book.

In the curling section, you will find all of the basics to consider when designing your curl plan. The elements of curl, including things like base direction, pivot point and placement, all contribute to a successful curl set for a beautiful vintage hairstyle.

Pages 24-25

In the 3rd Edition, I mixed things up a little. In the middle of these technique sections, you will find full hairstyle directions to put the material in better context. I highly recommend everyone read these hairstyles directions to get a better understanding of the concepts.

Pages 28-29

The curls section covers in depth wet set curls as well. Wet setting techniques, like pin curls, were the most common curling technique for most of the time between the 1920s through the 1960s. The wet set included lots of different types of rolling techniques and this curling section covers all the things to consider when designing your curl set.

Pages 36-37

Brushing and Shaping

After you have the curls, you need to know how to brush them out. Think of hair like clay. You need to direct it properly to get the hairstyle you want. The brushing and shaping section covers these brushing techniques and tips that will get you to that finished style.

Pages 40-41

The brushing and shaping section of the 3rd Edition now includes a new feature. For many, seeing the final idea in your head, but then trying to figure out how to get there from scratch, can be overwhelming. Here, I show you hairstyles that were created with the exact same curl, but I used different brushing techniques to achieve different looks.

Pages 44 & 50
Pages 56 & 58

The finger wave. The water wave. The Marcel wave. Waves are beautiful and there are different ways to get there. The brushing and shaping section covers what you need to know get the vintage wave you want.

Pages 64 & 68
Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques 3rd Edition
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Welcome to the Bobby Pin Blog! I am Lauren Rennells and as a hairstylist, makeup artist, writer, and generally artistic over-achiever, the Bobby Pin Blog is my outlet for thoughts and research about vintage hair and makeup trends and how to recreate them today. Thank you for stopping by!

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