Vintage Hairstyling 3rd Edition – Fillers and Creative Updos – Part 4

Welcome to the 4th 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 4th 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 4 of what the new book is I am covering the Fillers and Creative Updos sections of the book.


The fillers section is brand new to Vintage Hairstyling and I am very excited about it. I touched on fillers (hair rats) in the 2nd Edition, but here I go into full styles that rely on fillers for shape and security.

Pages 94-95

Fillers provide excellent security for holding hair in place. In the Eva hairstyle in the book, fillers provide a solid foundation for the sleek, upsweeping sides of this 1940s hairstyle.

Pages 96-97

Fillers are also tremendous for guiding hair into the shape you want and providing an anchor spot for hold. In the Maxine hairstyle of the book, a filler provides volume and a solid anchor point for the intricate updo.

Pages 110-111

Creative Updos

The creative updos section continues from the filler section to show you creative ways to do your updo. There are many ways to use up-style techniques to achieve the vintage hair silhouette. The silhouette is a must-use part of imitating vintage hairstyles.

Pages 124 & 130

In the updo section, there are so many techniques for securing your hair in shapes that flatter the face. No matter your hair length or texture, there is so much to help you in this section.

As always, I encourage the reader to read every hairstyle, even if it is not the hairstyle you are trying to achieve. In an effort to save space, I try not repeat myself in the book too much, so there are different, great tips in every vintage hairstyle description.

Pages 132-133

Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques 3rd Edition
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