Thursday, August 18, 2011

Big Hair Hopes

I'm a very fine haired girl with big hair dreams! For so long now I have lusted after Joan Holloway hair, and whilst I'm not ready to go red head yet (so much up keep!) I did want to go big!

Now the good news for my fellow fine haired girls is that back in the early 60's the volume was often helped along with the addition of extra hair, rats and falls. Browsing the web the other day I ran into a neat 60's hair piece and was inspired to make my own for that Holloway hair!

60's Hair Piece

A few years ago I made a couple of falls out of human hair to get some nice big puffy pigtails, and this week I re-dyed one and styled it up to hopefully match the 60's originals.

From the photos it looks pretty close. To wear the plan is to put a little bit of my hair up in a bun and pin the piece over the top, then curl the rest of my hair and bobby pin the curls up around my little pre-prepared pouf!

My hair helper

I used to love using things like this because it not only helps with hair envy and finally being able to get the looks i want, but also because they are typically a snap to use! The hair style always looks like it took hours, but in fact it usually only takes 5 minutes or so to complete since the heavy lifting is done ahead of time.

I'm looking forward to practicing a few styles with this fella, and hope to be able to write up a tutorial on how to make and use them for any one else out there interested in early 60's hair, or just pumping up their fine hair.

In the meantime I'm going to get back to work, but more on this topic soon!


  1. I love this idea! I also have fine hair and love making my hair as big as possible. Thanks to rats and back-combing I was able to get by hair at least 6 inches above my head. But for the days that I want some additional styling and maybe not so high, this sounds wonderful! I can't wait until the tutorials.

  2. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

  3. I would love, love, love to know how to make one of those.

  4. What were these hairpieces called in the 60's. My friend thinks they were "wiglets" but I think there was another word. Any ideas?

  5. I think Wiglet was a common name, I've also seen them referred to as falls, hair pieces and switches, but "wiglet" is probably the funnest!

  6. this is SUCH a good idea! Im already a red head and i adore joans hair!!!!

  7. I read they were called 'falls'



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