Trying out a crown of curls!

I very nearly thought I wouldn’t be writing this week. I’ve been so busy with wedding things, as well as having my hen-do this weekend, I’m surprised I have found the time! In fact, I attempted this hairstyle this afternoon and have written about it all in the space of a few hours.
I really wanted to do something ‘vintage’ this week, as it hasn’t been all pretty dresses and new hair-do’s recently. So lets bring it back with some gorgeous inspiration.

The poodle is a well known 50’s hairstyle, worn by many lovely vintage gals, but it is something I have yet to attempt. I was going to try it out today, but instead I tried a ‘half-poodle’, also known as a ‘crown of curls’. My hair is so long and thick at the moment, it takes a lot of effort to do anything with it, so I thought it would be much easier to put the top half of my hair on top of my head, rather than all of it! A hair cut is very much needed…
I have seen a few tutorials on this style before, but I didn’t follow any particular one today, but I recommend looking at Miss Victory Violet’s, How to be Fancy’s, A Vintage Vanity’s or Cherry Dollface’s tutorial.

So, first things first, I set my hair with a 3/4 inch curling iron as I wanted tight curls. I set the top section of my hair going back, away from my face and the side sections curled under. Once cooled, I unpinned the sides and back of my hair and finger brushed them. I left the top section pinned while I brushed out the rest of my hair.

After giving the section of hair a good brush through, I backcombed the ends of my hair to create some volume and fluff – I’m really into 1940’s fluffy curls at the moment! Once I was happy with this section, I tucked it into my jumper to keep it out the way – mainly because I couldn’t be bothered to get up and get my duck bill clips! But the important thing is to keep that section separate while working on the top section! Once the top curls were unpinned, I backcombed them to give a bit of height.

Then it was time to arrange the curls! Because my hair is so long, it was difficult to arrange them to look like lots of pretty curls. I pinned the curls where I thought they looked best and it kind of looked like I had made some little voluminous victory rolls, but I wasn’t mad at it! I combed back the sides of my hair and twisted/pushed the sections to create volume in those areas too, as well as giving the top section some more curls to play with.

Then I finessed and tried to make the style look a little more polished, tucking ends in and making sure everything was secure. Hairspray and pomade were very useful for this hairstyle too! You could certainly add some pretty hair flower pieces, but I’ve lost most of mine and need to buy some more!

For a first attempt, I’m pretty pleased with how this worked out! I love the shape the style creates and it was quite a quick hair do for me and once the hair was set, it only took 20 minutes to half an hour! I think with a hair trim and a little more practice, I could create more arranged, structured, pretty curls on the top. Maybe one day I’ll try a full poodle!

What do you think? Have you tried a poodle/crown of curls? What hair style would you like to try, or see me try?

Published by anchors&swallows

I am a twenty-something vintage lover who is trying to find the time out of work to dress up and feel more glamorous!

5 thoughts on “Trying out a crown of curls!

  1. You did a great job, and your hair looks really pretty! 🙂 I’ve never tried this style before – I’m just starting to practice curling my hair and realized I’m in desperate need of a proper trim to make the vintage styles I’m going for work well. After seeing you attempt this, I think I’d like to try it as well, once I’ve gotten around to getting my hair cut!

    Congratulations and good luck with the wedding and have fun at your hen do!! ❤ I'm really excited for you!!

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      1. I definitely will!!

        Oooh! Exciting!!! I’d love to see photos once you’ve been able to settle down after the wedding! 🙂 I wish you all the very best and a marriage filled with love, health and happiness. ❤

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