Retro Chick and the Modified Middy

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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?

29 Responses
  • Amy Georgina
    October 20, 2010

    I love it! I had my hair cut into a pageboy last month, which I guess is similar to a middy, but I’m useless at setting my hair, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but yours looks great, and lovely colour too, do you get it professionally coloured?

    • Retro Chick
      October 20, 2010

      Is a pageboy layered? It’s a similar shape but I think this has more layers.

      No, I colour my hair at home out of a box!

  • Fashion Limbo
    October 20, 2010

    Niiiiiiiice, very pretty and quite sexy!! like it a lot

  • Caroline
    October 20, 2010

    I think this looks amazing – and your eyes are the most stunning shade! *jealous* I don’t suppose you fancy doing a bit of a tutorial on how to set hair? I wouldn’t know where to start…

    • Retro Chick
      October 20, 2010

      That’s another video tutorial I’ve been planning for ages! I have camera issues so haven’t been able to do tutorials.

      There are things in the pipeline though!

  • Miss Peelpants
    October 20, 2010

    Ooooh, I love it. I wear my hair down too much to have anything so radical done to it (for lazy days, which are most days) but if I ever decided to go full time with sets and suchlike, then a modified middy would be a great idea.

    You look lovely!

    • Retro Chick
      October 20, 2010

      If I don’t set my hair I always just stick it in a bun or a pony tail. I NEVER wear it straight!

  • fritha louise
    October 20, 2010

    It looks amazing! Definitely suits you perfectly!

  • LandGirl1980
    October 20, 2010

    LOOOOOOVING it!!!! :)

  • LandGirl1980
    October 20, 2010

    ps) re WW1 nurses uniform – just a longish skirt, long sleeved shirt, white apron and some modification to the front by way of red cross? and a red belt? Gunshot wounds can be bought fairly cheaply from any fancy dress place – or come to think of it – ANY where (as the retail world has gone Hallowe’en mental)

    • Retro Chick
      October 20, 2010

      Yes, I don’t have a suitable skirt or blouse though, so it would all have to be acquired! *sigh*

      We were discussing it over dinner, my wardrobe just isn’t turn of the century enough!

      • LandGirl1980
        October 20, 2010

        I have just popped you an email :)

  • Pixie
    October 20, 2010

    Oh my. That is gorgeous! You totally suit it like that, I’m not sure many people could pull that off! x

  • Ally
    October 20, 2010

    It looks cute straight but amazing when curled!

  • sue
    October 20, 2010

    nice blog! – love the red lips!

  • Franca
    October 20, 2010

    I LOVE it!

  • Cat
    October 20, 2010

    You look absolutely beautiful!

  • Cate
    October 20, 2010

    It looks gorgeous, love your colour to xoxo

  • Penny Dreadful Vintage
    October 20, 2010

    Wow, you look lovely! I am very impressed, I’m glad you convinced your hairdresser this was the way to go.

  • Fiona - Notorious Kitsch
    October 20, 2010

    Your hair looks fab! Well done on the middy, that’s pretty much the cut mine is but shorter I think

  • anne
    October 20, 2010

    Definitely very gorgeous and love love love the color! *jealous* heehee! xxx

  • Sara
    October 20, 2010

    Gemma, Loving it! You look gorgeous and it totally fits you.

    Would eb awesome to see your steps in achieving it

    xx

  • Kate
    October 20, 2010

    Wow – that is jaw-droppingly GORGEOUS! I love it!

    ::envy::

  • Louise
    October 20, 2010

    It’s lovely, and it’s a beautiful colour too.

  • quietandsmalladventures
    October 20, 2010

    ohhh i LOVE it!!! absolutely stunning. i might have to think about cutting mine now (i’ve been growing it out for 2 years), sadly i had to give up the red due the damaged condition my hair was in.

  • Angela Deaton
    October 21, 2010

    OMG I absolutely love it!! Esp when you curled it! And your red hair is HOT!!!

    XX

  • tor
    October 21, 2010

    Gorgeous, really suits you

  • Emma at Daily Clothes Fix
    October 23, 2010

    I love your new haircut. It look amazing set but I like it straight too.