Retro Chick and the Modified Middy

I like that title, it sounds a bit like a detective novel, except it makes no sense.

I’ve been crazy busy this week, so I apologise for the lack of proper posts. Normal service will very shortly be resumed and thank you all for your fantastic Halloween costume suggestions. I spent ages last night trying to figure out if I can make any of them work, and more suggestions are greatly appreciated! Plus, if anyone happens to have a full on authentic WWI nurses uniform, conveniently in a size 12-14, and available to me for under £20 then please do let me know!

In the mean time I thought I would entertain you with some photos of my hair. Aren’t you lucky. More accurately this is about a hair cut.

You might have heard of a middy. It was a popular style in the 40s. Heavily layered, with an elongated U shaped bottom and steeply slanting sides that meant, once hair was curled, it settled conveniently into beautiful 40s style layered waves.

I finally faced up to the fact that the only time I ever wear my hair down is when it’s set and decided to try and persuade a hair dresser to cut my hair into a middy. I went along to Flint Hair, which I shall tell you more about in a few weeks as I’m going to run a little feature in November with an exciting special offer for those of you that are reading in Norwich!

So. Before hair cut. I had very frizzy ends and it was far too long for my liking. You’ll also notice that although I have a little shaping and layering around the face it’s mostly square edged.

After cutting, but still straight you can clearly see the slant at the side of the hair and the curved line at the back.

A classic middy is 4″ long all over. I’ve modified mine to be slightly longer, it measures about 7″ at the back and 6″ around the face as I wasn’t sure exactly how short it would go after setting. Having experimented I might even go a little shorter next time.

Last night I tried out a set. It was a slightly half hearted set as it was very late at night and I’d spent all day in a car, but I’m still pretty pleased with how it turned out this morning.

I still have a little frizz, but I tend to find it almost impossible to rid a first day set of frizz. I put my hair at night into a few large barrel pin curls standing up from my head, using a very tiny amount of serum and I normally find that days 2 and 3 are far smoother. We shall see!

You can clearly see how the layering and the heavy slant at the front makes the curls sit in that smooth line.

What do you think of the modified middy?