Bengali Wedding

I had my friends wedding at the weekend – my Bengali friends wedding in Canary Wharf, London and I decided to do something completely different to my hair. I went for Vintage Hair.

Dressed in simple clothing - focussing on the hair
Dressed in simple clothing – focussing on the hair

Vintage fashion is something I adore and I wanted to give this a go with the rolls in my hair and also just generally be a bit different too. During the vintage era hair was very neat and shaped around the face.

Victory Roll Hair

There was a notable change throughout the 1940’s and due to shortage of absolutely everything; the hairstyles from this decade were affected.

Victory Rolls Hair
Victory Rolls Hair

Women began to experiment more with their hair and sculpted new fashionable hairstyles to compensate for the lack of available beauty products. Now, we have so. Much choice when it comes too beauty and makeup. I am a massively creative girl and I love experimenting with my hair.

Victory Rolls
Victory Rolls

An iconic hairstyle of this time was a Victory Roll; this is what I style my hair is –  this was actually a fighter plane maneuver and consisted of a roll in a circle shape placed at either side of the front section of the head. It is completely out there but it is completely me to try something new.

All about the Victory Rolls
All about the Victory Rolls

Women would create more height through the hair by introducing backcombing and I believe sugar and water, a popular styling product to sweep down the stray hairs. My hair stylist uses powder to create this effect on me.At the movies the stars were also taking these techniques to another level and hair would often be piled on top of the head with curls and swirls and rolls. This is just so different to wear with an Indian outfit and I thought it complement the look effortlessly.

Free Styling my Indian Clothes

When it came to my outfit I free-styled my outfit. This is all from ASOS. I didn’t have time to buy one and I came up with a great outfit.

ASOS Outfit
ASOS Outfit

I wore an embellished top and I had a green skirt. All of this focus was on the hair so everything else had to be kept to a strong minimum.

1940s hair

In the ‘40s women were encouraged to use their hair to ‘fix’ any flaws in their face. I believe you should be comfortable in your own skin so embrace any “flaws” you think you have.

Indian Vintage Look
Indian Vintage Look

They believed if a woman had a full face, she should use a 1940s hairstyle that piled hair on top of her head to distract from it. If a thin face was her problem, her hairstyle should be down and over her ears to make it look wider. All of these suggestions contributed to a variety to hairstyles in 1940s. I do love this decade as it is all about embracing individuality.

Indian Vintage Look
Indian Vintage Look

It was important to keep hair clean and shiny, washing it whenever necessary in the 1940s. A woman also had to massage her scalp and brush her hair twice a day. When shampoos became scarce and of poor quality women had to steam their hair over a pot of hot water and then rub the dirt and oil off with a towel.

Me and the gorgeous bride
Me and the gorgeous bride

Hair care was a time consuming task – my hair regime already takes hours so I can only imagine what it was like in the 1940s. Most women turned to beauty parlours to get their hair, washed, cut and styled weekly or as often as she could afford. With so many women going to work in factories and taking time off to get their hair done factory managers put in their own beauty salons. This reduced the time women were away from work and improved the moral of employees. Beauty was an important duty for women to maintain during the war years especially.

Mehndi and Henna Designs

At the wedding I also got my mehndi done which is basically a form of body art originating from the Indian subcontinent, in which decorative designs are created on a person’s body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. Below are some photos.

Can you spot my name?
Can you spot my name?
Right hand side
Right hand side
When it has dried :)
When it has dried 🙂