It was 2001, when I first remember falling in love with Ms. Dorothy Dandridge. Mr. Gilchrist, my drama teacher, had asked me to write a monologue to portray her character in our Black History assembly. It was her beauty and style that captured my attention but her talent that captured my heart. Since then, I have replicated bits and pieces of Ms. Dandridge, including her timeless hairstyles.
This is my version of her 1920’s inspired hairstyle–soft waves.
heat protector spray
Estimated Styling Time:
1. Spray your hair with heat protector. I used Turn Up The Heat.
2. Use a curling iron to spiral curl your hair towards your face. For instance, if you’re curling on the right side of your face, be sure to spiral curl in that direction. I used my CHI flat irons because I forgot how to curl with an old school curling iron.
3. Pin curl each curl with Bob Pins.
4. Spray with a bit of holding spray. I used CHI Enviro Flex Hold Hair Spray.
5. Allow your curls to sit for a minimum of 10 minutes.
6. Remove your pins and lightly brush them out.
7. Began to form your waves by combing your hair backwards. Pin it with a large clip. Spray with holding spray. Then, comb forward, repeating the process.
8. Remove clips from your waves.
There you have your 1920’s inspired soft waves.
I used LillianMasie’s,” Vintage Inspired Hairstyle Tutorial” video on YouTube to assist me, as well. You may find it to be even more helpful if you’re a visual learner like myself. Enjoy.