Brigitte Bardot, you little minx. HOW DO YOU GET YOUR HAIR TO LOOK LIKE THIS?
Believe me, I've tried to throw myself out of bed, racoon-ring my eyes in liquid liner, and crazy pin my fauxhive into some semblance of devil may care nonchalance, but it never quite turns out like this. The photos above are what I had in mind when I thought, "Bedhead's good, right? Bedhead can be good, if you just-" (mouthful of bobby pins, scalp jabbing pinning motions) "And then it kinda..." (fanning top of hive with free hand, hairspraying it to bejesus) "There!", oggling my own reflection for possible improvements.... Only "there" was more like "Did you sleep there last night?" as opposed to "Now THERE'S the look I was going for!"
Brigitte, what is your secret?
My hair inspirations, in chronological order-- Cher (high school, dead straight, center parted, near waist length), Zelda Fitzgerald (jawbone bobbed, geometric in the front and shaped in the back), Kim Novak (ill-fated experiment with white blonde hair), Jean Seberg (shorn boy short to regrow hair damaged in Novak phase), and Louise Brooks (just for fun, but it turns out flat ironing the thousand cowlicks my hair is heir to...not so much fun). That brings us up to two years ago, when, after a bad haircut too many I decided to just never, never cut my hair again. Not for split ends, not for a trim, not for love and money. From the Brooksie bob, my hair is JUST NOW elbow length.
Which brings us to our current state of "everyday I'm beehivin'". I love how easy the kind of hair I do IS to do. Procedural, as follows:
- Brush hair into tight ponytail.
- Pull ponytail through pony tail loop once more until ends of ponytail are alllllmost through but not quite.
- Pin ends to nape of neck. Pin the half ponytail towards front of head.
- Fan middle of ponytail into parabola shape. Tug at edges until arriving at desired shape.
Still, what if I'm ready to take my hive to the next level? Padding out the pouf with hair rats? Carefully side sweeping flirty bangs? Will my cowlicks keep me from Bardot perfection? Do I need some kind of curling agent/iron to perfect the waviness of her tossed and tousled look?
Also, all up or part way down? Examine:
I'm willing to put in the time if I get to look like an early sixties' siren. Do I lighten it or leave it, though? And let us not forget how Bardot uses ornamentation! I've taken to sticking velvet bowties in my hair on the occasional lark, but see how well she uses a velvet ribbon tied in a bow to various effect.
I'm telling you, she's almost got me convinced it's worth the trouble.
Who's YOUR hairstyle icon? Any tips on how to achieve the four B's (Brigitte Bardot Beehive and Bangs)?
Enjoy a singing, beautifully coiffed, though B & W video of our lady of flawless hair below. Isn't she even more gorgeous on film? She has those dark silent film eyes that just glitter.