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    Marilyn Monroe/1950s hair help - what do I tell my stylist?

    My hair is currently a chin-length slightly angled bob, with some minimal layering. My hair is very thick and has a lot of natural curl - when I blowdry with a diffuser, I look almost like I've had a perm.

    Anyway, I really want to get it cut similar to one of Marilyn Monroe's shorter cuts. This is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for:
    http://blog.johannaost.com/2009/07/21/short-hair-again

    I love the length, and the fact that it will work with my natural curl, but I can also set it if I desire.

    I'm not having any luck finding a vintage stylist in my area. Can anyone suggest what I should tell a stylist to get this look, other than showing the photos? Should I ask for layers or what? Is there an actual name for this type of cut? Or, will just taking the photos in be enough? Apologies in advance for sounding a bit daft, I just need some suggestions on what to ask for to get the proper end result.

    Thanks!!

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    Unfortunately I can't help, but I'd be curious to hear what other ladies have to say.
    I'm in desperate need of a hair cut as well, but am fearing going to a new stylist. Every time I bring a picture it just ends up being a "Yeah, you just have to style it like that. Let me just cut some layers and you're good to go"-fling.

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    ^ Same here, and it is so frustrating! I understand that styling is a large part, but it seems I never end up with the proper cut when I am looking for something vintage. The last time I took in a picture of Dita's hair, the stylist actually laughed at me! Urgh.

    I wish I could find a "little old lady" salon, I guess I need to ask around more. I really want to find someone who understands what I want and can do the cut. I'm hoping some of the ladies here may have advice on what to ask for that will help get my point across.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fortworthgal View Post
    ^ Same here, and it is so frustrating! I understand that styling is a large part, but it seems I never end up with the proper cut when I am looking for something vintage. The last time I took in a picture of Dita's hair, the stylist actually laughed at me! Urgh.

    I wish I could find a "little old lady" salon, I guess I need to ask around more. I really want to find someone who understands what I want and can do the cut. I'm hoping some of the ladies here may have advice on what to ask for that will help get my point across.
    I hope you have a different stylist. That's so flippin' rude to laugh.
    Anyway, you may want to ask someone that has the haircut or perhaps someone who specializes in wedding hair. Surely some must want to do more than just updos. They may at least be able to tell you what kind of cut and teach you how to style it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fortworthgal View Post
    ^ Same here, and it is so frustrating! I understand that styling is a large part, but it seems I never end up with the proper cut when I am looking for something vintage. The last time I took in a picture of Dita's hair, the stylist actually laughed at me! Urgh.

    I wish I could find a "little old lady" salon, I guess I need to ask around more. I really want to find someone who understands what I want and can do the cut. I'm hoping some of the ladies here may have advice on what to ask for that will help get my point across.
    I was thinking that a little old lady salon would be the way to go (I think it was Fleur from the FL goes to similar salons to her hair permed) - they would understand the cut and styling better than a new salon. It seems the art of doing older styles is dying out - when I went to get my hair done in Kenneth's Salon at the Waldorf I asked the stylist to do a Breakfast at Tiffany's type style - she didn't know what I was talking about - so I suggested a Mad Men type hairstyle - hadn't a clue about that either - she ended up handing me a bridal magazine to pick something she could do - eventually I got a style I liked but I really thought in that kind of establishement (Kenneth had styled Marilyn's hair and Jackie O's) they would have been able to do the "classics".

    Anyway, I'm sorry I can't be of any help to you but I hope you find someone who can give you the hairstyle that you want - and if you get it please post some pictures!
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    This really is so sad. I was actually in hair dressing school myself for about half a year in 2007, and I remember that we were the last class to actually have finger waves and perm as a mandatory requirement to graduate. I flunked out way before (working in a salons just not my cup tea) but Its still quite sad.


    I was looking for a "little old lady" salon myself but there's absolutely nothing in my neighborhood. Ugh! A closed down one, yes (with big apparatuses from the 50s still inside!!!!) but it looks like its been closed for several years.


    Fortworthgal, I really hope you have more luck! I can't believe your old stylist laughed at you, by the way. She clearly picked the wrong profession if she can't stay serious because someone doesn't want an 80s-style half mullet. Ughhhhh...

    *apologies for any and all typos, I'm on my phone
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    I think if you ask for a uniform layered cut, where each hair section measures the same if stetched out from the scalp, you'll be good.
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    Oh, ladies, you are all so sweet!

    It wasn't my usual stylist who laughed at me, it was someone I'd never seen before, and didn't see since. She doesn't even work in that salon anymore, thank heavens.

    I sent an email to the owner of that blog asking for her advice. On her blog she says she cuts her own hair! I used to do that when I was in my early 20s and had a blunt bob, but I'm not sure I'd risk it now. I guess if I found a good diagram of the cut I might try it. What the heck, right?

    I'm going to look for "beauty shops" in the phone book today. I actually work next door to a retirement center, and through my job I have a lot of contact with elderly ladies, so I think I may ask around.

    For reference, this is my hair right now. This was taken this morning, and I apologize in advance for the Blackberry bathroom pic. This is blowdried with a diffuser and brushed out. The front is actually longer than the rest - so it is more angled - but I curled the ends, so it appears even with the rest of my hair.
    Last edited by fortworthgal; 03-05-2012 at 08:11 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crwritt View Post
    I think if you ask for a uniform layered cut, where each hair section measures the same if stetched out from the scalp, you'll be good.
    Thanks for the tip!

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    Um... I think your hair looks beautiful the way it is! Would love to just blow dry, brush and have it look like that!

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