V69: Vintage 1920s/30s Hair Clip Results and Photos

Yesterday I played around with some vintage hair waving clips I picked up at Sacramento Antiques last month.  Remember these?…

1930s aluminum hair waving clips, and dog hair.

I used them on one side of my part, and did finger waves on the other, to see how each side would compare.  Here is the side with the clips:

The side with the vintage wave clips – made pretty tight waves, but if they were placed further apart, it would be a softer wave.  This took all four clips to wave on this side.

Here is the side with the finger waves:

The side with the finger waves.  I was proud of m finger waves when they were wet and clipped in place, but as soon as I combed them out my hard work mostly went. :-

I was really pleased with how the clipped side came out, and how well the waves stayed in the hair.  The finger waves mostly combed out.

I haven’t done any vintage style photos lately, so I thought I’d revive that interest, and make a slightly more interesting blogpost than just snapshots.  I hope you like 🙂


  • Eileen

    March 9, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Well done! I have a collection of Deco hair waving items, but only *one* of those clips. And that's a pity, because I too find that they do a good job of waving.

    Beautiful photos, too. Really lovely.

  • Jenni

    March 10, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Before I read the post, when I first just glanced at the pictures, I seriously thought these were antique photos of someone! I would say you nailed it! 🙂

  • Solanah

    March 10, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    Fabulous! They look so much simpler than fingerwaves and marcel wavers. I've got to keep my eye out for those treasures. Also, I scrolled down the entire post looking for your result photos, and then realized those pictures I thought were of a deco starlet was you!


    • Lauren R

      March 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      Solanah, you will loooove these, and I'm sure you'll find some in your vintage travels. They are a lot easier than the other methods, and so much better than heat styling, for your hair.

  • The Laced Angel

    March 10, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    You should bring one of those down to Gaskells next month so I can take a closer look at it. I'd like to see if it would be possible for me to make reproductions at work.

    • Lauren R

      March 10, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Remind me and I'll pop one into my bag. I'd check patents for them, before reproducing them, though. You already know that 🙂

  • Kleidung um 1800

    March 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    The photos are absolutely AMAZING!!! You truly captured the look and style of the bygone photographie!!!


  • Anonymous

    March 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Lovely! Was that your camera or your computer that made those awesome photos? Must…get…hands…on…that…program….! The wavers really did work well didn't they!

    • Lauren R

      March 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      No, not the camera, but what was done in post, in Photoshop. I use Lightroom, then Photoshop, and Silver FX within Photoshop, and then a combination of various hand-done effects, like creating the soft focus, the scratches and knicks, the dirt splatters, subtle fading and color changing. It takes a little while to do each one, and lots of studying of original old photos, and really looking to see all the ways they've been damaged over the years.

  • M'lady

    March 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    I wish they still made them as it is I tend to resort to lots of product and 'short hair' (thin) straighteners and bobby pins to create waves…and they ever look authentic like yours do.

  • Lucia

    May 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    I cant believe the waves!… but mostly, I cant believe the photos, "vintage" styled photos usually come across as corny and overdone, but yours are so delicate and beautiful.

  • Amanda Pandora

    August 5, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    The photos you took were taken with old cameras or they were edited in photoshop?
    if you used photoshop, you could teach us how to do effects in a tutorial?


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