And here’s how it works: Start with 2 key ingredients. Clothing that can be removed without messing up the hair when it is done, and preferably not fresh, clean hair. It works okay on clean hair because the products are so good these days, but it is easier with second day hair.
Assemble your tools. Brush, fine toothed comb, hair spray, hair gel, freeze spray, hair dryer, pony tail elastics, hair piece, hair net, hair pins (large and small), hand mirror, magnifying mirror, hair ornaments, crystals, bent nose tweezers, medicine syringe. Preferably in a space with good light and a big countertop. If you are at a comp, the odds are pretty poor that you will get the last two!
Make your hair parts. You need to make them much bigger or deeper than you do for regular hair days. I especially need the side part much farther to the side to make a nice face shape.
This is a good time to use some regular hair spray or other styling product. I use a strong hold mousse – lots. Then make your ponytail. For my hair, I need to put it really, really high on my head. It needs to show on the top of my head to add visual height. And in fact, when we watch European comps, we see more hair styles high on the ladies heads and not so much of the low bun down by the neck. It is looking a bit old fashioned though a low bun on the right side of the head is also trendy. So for shorter hair, you make a ponytail with as much hair as you can gather up. It will look messy.
Stick a hair net on it and pin it down so nothing comes flying out on the dance floor. Add a second ponytail (or two! It depends on your hair length) and pin it up towards the first one. It will still look messy!
Now for the gooey goodness. Get your heavy duty Got2B hair glue and use it liberally on all the bits that didn’t get into the ponytail. Comb it into place then use your hand or comb with the hair dryer (set on high heat, low air) to smooth it into place while you dry it. If you have a helper, this is a good time to get help. There will be little bits that won’t go if you have unruly hair like mine, so you need to add pins. They really don’t show on the dance floor, but nice to use as few as possible.
Now the hair piece. Pin it securely in place making sure the big pins go through the ponytail and also make sure they don’t slide back out. If you get too much hair in a pin, it will sometimes back itself out, so check a few times. It helps to think of pinning down towards your head, then across. Give your head a couple of serious tango flicks to make sure it is secure. Practice your tango face in the mirror. Bangs are next.
More gooey goodness here. Use your goop liberally and dry your hands a LOT! If the hair parts dry out, just add some water to revive them. This is where you get to use your creativity and sculpt something that looks nice, stays in place and flatters your face shape. I have a long, narrow face, so having a side part with something on my forehead helps round it out a bit. Once I got the curlicues to my liking, I added a dab of glue to stick them to my forehead. Yes I did!
Yes, the photographer was in the midst of March Madness!
Now is a good point to spray the heck out of the whole style with your magic freeze spray, smooth out the little bits that are sticking out and start to get it tidier. Then decorate!
The hair ornament got a good glop of glue as well as a few pins over the thin arms. Honestly, I may not use this one again as I realized it would be horrible to sleep in and impossible to get out without wrecking the hair. So it will be for one day comps if I decide to use it.
The crystals were MUCH easier to do with my new system. It is a small syringe (a kid’s medicine one would work really well) and my bent nose tweezers from my sewing room. I could squeeze out the perfect amount of glue onto the stone as I held it in the tweezers, then place the stone quite precisely. Some people use white school glue to put their crystals on their face, but I have found the hair glue works really well for me.
And did I get a final shot with finished makeup? Of course not! I hope someone at the dance got one. It was a our very small club’s closed comp and we placed in every dance, winning the Foxtrot. A lot of work for ten minutes of dancing, but a good opportunity to get the photos for this tutorial!