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meichigo
October 24th, 2008, 03:36 AM
So, for Halloween this year, I'm going to be Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly from 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's. I want this costume to be really good; going so far as to replicate the dress she wears in the first scene. (Definitely not something one could find off-the-rack.) However, I have no idea how to do the hair.

Here's what I'm working with: my hair is totally straight, and about tail bone length. It's a bit thin because of layers, especially grown out bangs/hime-cut. (So, the bangs are now about earlobe length, and the layers that started out that length are about to my collarbone now.) I'm going to bleach streaks into these short bits of my hair and then give myself a little short fringe.

Here's the hair (and the outfit!) that I'm doing, from several angles:
front (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/05/24/arts/25cell650.3.jpg) - front (above) (http://www.fabaudrey.com/english/images/BATscreen026.jpg) - back/right side (http://www.fabaudrey.com/english/images/BATscreen005.jpg) - right side (http://images-cdn01.associatedcontent.com/image/A2402/240291/300_240291.jpg) - left side (http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Wq6hE1M24ag/RofOdB4hodI/AAAAAAAAATc/OR3nruzjEtI/Annex+-+Hepburn,+Audrey+%28Breakfast+at+Tiffany%27s%29_11 .jpg) (warning: this one's quite large)

I think the main thing that confuses me is that I have no idea what's holding that in place. Am I just going to have to bobby pin/hairspray it to death? I am really not a fan of hairspray. I almost never use product in my hair, except very rarely some pomade or mousse to keep my bangs from falling into my eyes.

I'm almost tempted to just do a french twist, stick a flexi-8 in it, and be done with it, but though she does a french twist (or actually what looks like two of them, which intrigues me) in other scenes, that's not what's going on here, and also the flexi-8 would be completely at odds for any of her hairstyles. (Unfortunately, it's the only way I've been able to make any kind of vaguely presentable french twist that stays up for more than 90 seconds.)

Lastly, I'm none too adept when it comes to doing stuff with my hair (I have like three updos that I can do presentably on a regular basis)... Just a warning for you there.

Thank you in advance!

Kuchen
October 24th, 2008, 03:44 AM
You need a rat or two for volume. You can get little "beehive" rats at hair supply places, and it would save backcombing. A little hair spray (squirted on an old toothbrush and combed lightly over the finished do) would be necessary, and probably a lot of pins. But use your length to build things, and maybe a hair scroo or two (they hold unorthodox styles brilliantly).

KiwiLiz
October 24th, 2008, 04:02 AM
I dressed up like Holly Golightly once too... the hair style is quite difficult to create, I ended up doing my own take on the do, which was basically a side parting with a high french twist -no volume on top of my head though... it's the volume that makes that do.

If I were doing it again I'd probably just copy Sarah Palin's trade mark do (not meaning to be political, I just noticed her hair!) add a bit more volume and it would look quite similar to Holly Golightly's hair.

Here's a video tutorial on how to do Sarah Palin's do - http://cosmetic-makeovers.com/2008/09/06/sarah-palins-hair-how-to-video

misstwist
October 24th, 2008, 06:57 AM
While not quite the same, take a look at these two retro styles shown by Fox at the Long Hair Loom. They will give the volume on the top and create the same "feel" if not the same look.

http://www.network54.com/Forum/242462/message/1047267071/Retro+Twist
http://www.network54.com/Forum/242462/thread/1047278855/Classic+Retro+Updo

meichigo
October 27th, 2008, 02:33 AM
Thanks all. I think I'm going to go with some kind of french-twist variant, authenticity be damned!

Anyway, I just bleached my hair and cut the bangs in... I totally knew this would happen, but the bangs, being short and thin, tend to just fluff out... I've put some mousse in, but Audrey's are pretty flat against her forehead. What product should I be using? Should I possibly make them a bit thicker?

Here's what I've got so far:
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/3224/photo29xs9.th.jpg (http://img521.imageshack.us/my.php?image=photo29xs9.jpg)http://img521.imageshack.us/images/thpix.gif (http://g.imageshack.us/thpix.php)

manderly
October 27th, 2008, 03:03 AM
Looks like you're pretty close so far.

Ok, here's what I'd try.

Start with her same deep side part.
Create your french twist, squish your hair into the crease up and down, folding as you go, when you have about a foot or so left to stuff in, hold it on top your head in a loop (giving yourself that bouffant she's got), and pin it like crazy. Then tuck those ends into your french twist. Pin pin pin pin pin.

For the bangs, they look pretty good, I would just hold them in place with a round brush and spray them with hairspray then slide the brush down and out.

Since this is a costume and you don't want it going all wonky, I'd spray the living hell out of it, but that's me. I don't like special hairdos to move.

Hopefully my idea made sense and works.

Let me know if I need to clarify.

minkstole
October 27th, 2008, 05:04 AM
A style like this does not hold without a lot of hairspray. Remember to brush it out before bed, and you will be fine.

heidi w.
October 27th, 2008, 09:13 AM
You wil have to pin as you go, and yes, hairspray or some form of 'hold' -- and likely a lot of it!

When done with the evening/following morning, take hair down in reverse order (don't let it tumble down). Try to detangle a trace with a wide tooth comb -- NOT A BRUSH! (If waiting til following day to wash hair, wear hair up to bed. You can net it. Sleep on slippery pillowcase.)

Shower and clean hair. Lots of conditioner for the stress it underwent.

heidi w.

heidi w.
October 27th, 2008, 09:14 AM
You will need long bobbypins, regular bobbypins and hairpins (the ones that are more wirey that have a u shape).

To hold the hair above the crown, you can use a form that is hidden in the hair. Forms can be pinned into.

heidi w.

Anje
October 27th, 2008, 09:18 AM
I wouldn't brush out hairspray... Rather, head directly for the shower and start washing it and pull out the pins as you go. Nightshade has some great pictures of hairspray damage, which you get if you try to deal with it dry....

morningstar
October 27th, 2008, 09:19 AM
I really love this look and Breakfast at Tiffanys is one of my favorite movies. I also loved her hair and look in the movie where she is a beatnik and dancing in a club. Oh I can't remember it off the bat. She is a model and she wears tons of beautiful clothes and is always breathtaking. I think Bing Crosby is her love interest. It'll come to me. Yes I am that lazy and won't look it up.
Oh and the scene in Roman Holiday when she gets her hair cut..ouch...but very cute also.

I forgot to say since getting caught up in the Audry movie angle. I think that in order to do those 50's and 60's styles you need product. My mom was 20 in the early 60's and she went through cans of hair spray and tubs of Dippity Doo. She tapped (with pink tape) her curls around her face ( I forget what they were called) She had big hair that was teased and sprayed. It got washed once or twice a week. It really was sculptural.

Peggy E.
October 27th, 2008, 09:48 AM
I was going to suggest a wig - but you say you've already "cut your bangs" to get the look, so the commitment has been officially made.

Didn't she wear a french twist with top bun in that movie, too? I don't recall her being in that big-hair style all the way through the film.

iris
October 27th, 2008, 09:52 AM
I'm thinking you could use a donut-shaped rat, decorated with something silver (christmas decoration?) to get the height and the shape. I took some quick pics to show what I mean:

Section off hair in front, put back hair through donut:

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/irisalsusername/th_Pic2008-10-2716-40-03.jpg (http://s208.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/irisalsusername/?action=view&current=Pic2008-10-2716-40-03.jpg)

Flip the donut, hide ponytail under it:

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/irisalsusername/th_Pic2008-10-2716-40-17.jpg (http://s208.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/irisalsusername/?action=view&current=Pic2008-10-2716-40-17.jpg)

Pull front hair back and pin into place (I can't see the pic of the back, but if it looks like a french twist, you can fold the front hair in the back to create the french twist shape. Or any shape, really).

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/irisalsusername/th_Pic2008-10-2716-42-11.jpg (http://s208.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/irisalsusername/?action=view&current=Pic2008-10-2716-42-11.jpg)

ETA: pics are clickable, and I'm not really planning to keep them up for long, since I'm actually hiding in the house today because I don't want to expose people to my freshly dyed funny-looking eyebrows LOL!

Peggy E.
October 27th, 2008, 09:53 AM
I really love this look and Breakfast at Tiffanys is one of my favorite movies. I also loved her hair and look in the movie where she is a beatnik and dancing in a club. Oh I can't remember it off the bat. She is a model and she wears tons of beautiful clothes and is always breathtaking. I think Bing Crosby is her love interest. It'll come to me. Yes I am that lazy and won't look it up.
Oh and the scene in Roman Holiday when she gets her hair cut..ouch...but very cute also.

I forgot to say since getting caught up in the Audry movie angle. I think that in order to do those 50's and 60's styles you need product. My mom was 20 in the early 60's and she went through cans of hair spray and tubs of Dippity Doo. She tapped (with pink tape) her curls around her face ( I forget what they were called) She had big hair that was teased and sprayed. It got washed once or twice a week. It really was sculptural.

The movie is "Funny Face" and the love interest is Fred Astaire, with whom she dances. Probably not on the top of his "great dancers I have partnered" list, but she didn't trip over him, either!

This afternoon, for any of you with Turner Classic Movies, you can catch her in the wonderful "Roman Holiday" and also in "Paris When it Sizzles" with lots of different hairstyles! William Holden is again the leading man, but he struggles through this film. Sad.

Poetic
October 27th, 2008, 01:53 PM
If you can look at the movie, when Holly is getting ready to visit her friend at Sing-Sing, you will see her do the basic style. The top of her hair is in a pony-tail for the most part. I am a big Audrey Hepburn fan and have seen the movie at least 50 times.

Good luck!:)

Poetic
October 27th, 2008, 01:59 PM
I really love this look and Breakfast at Tiffanys is one of my favorite movies. I also loved her hair and look in the movie where she is a beatnik and dancing in a club. Oh I can't remember it off the bat. She is a model and she wears tons of beautiful clothes and is always breathtaking. I think Bing Crosby is her love interest. It'll come to me. Yes I am that lazy and won't look it up.


I believe you are speaking of Funny Face

morningstar
October 27th, 2008, 03:19 PM
Thank you Peggy E and Poetic Funny Face of course! I love that movie. I almost said Fred Astaire. :D

jessie58
October 27th, 2008, 08:19 PM
You have a wonderful idea and inspired me to make such a hairdo last night. I love the hair and glasses you have so far. If you can come up with a dress, you'll have it. Now I could also be Holly GoLightly for Halloween but that would entail losing 50 lbs by next week. *sigh* At least you have the right look for it.

Here's (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/blog.php?b=26540)the link to my Audrey Hepburn hair photos.