Thursday, December 16, 2010

Retro Hair - The Essentials - Lisa Fremont Street

Well, I suppose you could say it is essential according to moi. I use 3 major sources when it comes to retro/vintage/pin-up styling my hair. So get out a piece of paper and a pencil and don't forget to jot them down.
Here I am, photo taken by photographer Michelle Collis Photography
My enthusiasm for retro hair seems to keep growing. The possibilities, combinations, and styles are seemingly endless. There are styles for every length and cut; for bangs or none; thin, thick or in-between hair; straight, wavy or curly. No matter what type of hair you have, there is a method and look that will work to give you the very best retro hair. The key in all of this is practice, practice, and practice. The more you do it, the less challenging it becomes.

When I first learned to do victory rolls (see pic below for reference), I swear to you that I looked straight out of the 80s pop band Flock of Seagulls (might as well include a pic of them as well haha) when I first tried them. With some guidance, and doing it over and over, FINALLY I got it right. My key was learning where to put them on my head, how big and how many. Luckily there are more than one way they now work for me.
Betty Grable
"And I raaaan, I ran so far away..."
What has helped me so far?

  1. YouTube retro hair tutorials and specifically, Lisa Fremont Street tutorials. 
  2. Lauren Rennell's Vintage Hairstyling how-to book.
  3. Finishing touches with Belle Blossoms hair flowers and accessories.

Ashley of Lisa Fremont Street
I realize now that it will be next to impossible to convey everything I want to about the lady shown above. She is a huge reason why I continue to be into styling my hair retro style. A few years ago I noticed her on you tube when I did a general search. Lisa Fremont Street tutorials featuring Ashley (or Lisa as some still call her). She was interpreting famous pin-up artists' subjects/models (hair) into life on herself. Recreating the look, and how she accomplished it! I became fascinated and began watching her videos always loving her approach, easy to follow steps and the end result.

Now 2 years (or so) later, I still watch with enthusiasm each time as she tackles a new hairstyle from whatever is inspiring her or her fans that week. Here are a few of my favourite looks she's done.

 She does everything from series of her favourite styles: Animated Angels, The Classic Pin-Up Series (which was my gateway youtube tutorial drug), Diamond and Dames, Authentic Hair Techniques, The Starlet Series, as well other features such as product reviews, by-requests, her favourites, etc.

In addition to her fabulous hair knowledge, she provides a ton of tips on places to shop for retro inspired clothing, which events are hot in the world of retro enthusiasts and rockabilly fans. I could seriously gush about her for hours. She's help introduce me to a lot in the world of retro hair and for that and for being as wonderful and kind as you are; thank you Ashley! The reason I speak of her first is because she is the link to my next 2 essentials, she introduced me to them!

Please go check out her YouTube channel (as linked above) to get inspired. Or check out her blog - Lisa Fremont Street Pages .


  1. How sweet! Love the post. Thank you so much. :)

  2. Aww I'm glad you like it! :) Thanks for coming to check it out.

  3. Thanks so much for the photo credit! I love the new look of the blog!! xo

  4. great post! we had a party recently that i really could have used this for!

  5. Lisa Fremont she now how to care hair and she now why the hair most important part of woman life its attractive and luck glorious
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