Fancy a Victory Roll or a Beehive?

A beehive
A beehive

A GROUP of Mid Sussex mums who have achieved success with their vintage pop-up fairs in Hassocks are going one step further with ‘vintage makeovers’.

If you like Audrey Hepburn’s look or Dusty Springfield’s beehive they can be re-created for fun by Nicola Johnson.

Artistry with pins and plenty of know-how

Artistry with pins and plenty of know-how

Nicola is attending the next vintage pop-up fair at Adastra Hall in November and will be on the stage in the main hall, re-creating a number of hairstyles from 1960’s Beehives to Pin-Curls and Victory Rolls, which were extremely popular during World War Two.

Nicola said: “When I left school I studied hair, make-up and costume for theatre; we studied many eras especially the 19th and 20th Century and I remember being fascinated by how very elegant and glamorous the ladies looked.

“I went on to train in modern day hairdressing but was never taught how to create many of the hairstyles from the past, so when I discovered there was a vintage hairstyling course I signed up immediately.

“I trained with a company called ‘Vintage Hair Lounge’, which is owned by a mother and daughter and I have learnt so much from them.

“Clients generally tend to request certain eras rather than wanting to look like a particular person. We will look through photos together then depending on hair length and face shape we will decide on a suitable style.”

Nicola specialises in vintage styles from the 1920s through to the 1960s but has been known to create what she describes as “crazy 1980’s hair” for a few clients going to a fancy dress party.

1940’s Victory Rolls and 1950’s curls and waves that were worn by Hollywood Icons and pin-up girls of yesteryear are all popular choices.

Nicola said: “I spend a great deal of time researching any original materials I can find at vintage fairs, antique shops , vintage markets and car boot sales.

“I’m always on the hunt for old magazines and original photographs. Watching old movies has also been valuable because it’s a great way to study the styles in detail, seeing the hairstyle as a whole rather than just the front view in a photograph.

Nicola researches all the Hollywood Icons of the 1950s like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor and says her 93-years-old grandmother is also the best library she could have! Vintage is extremely popular, especially with many of the celebrities seen on the red carpet such as Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was spotted earlier this summer wearing her hair in a fetching chic chignon for example.

Nicola runs ‘Tea and Trim’ and will be at the Goodwood Revival on September 14-16 and at the pop-up vintage fair in Hassocks on November 17.

You can find out more about Nicola at her Facebook page: