Getting Dreamgirls Hair

By | January 30 2007 | 22 Comments

Jackie OI love 60’s hair. In fact, I’ll let you in on a little secret – I love big hair. I’m not a fan of poker straight locks – I like it big and somewhat pouffy. Now I’m not advocating a Dolly Parton ‘do or anything frosted and frizzy, but big sleek thick hairstyles a la Jackie O and Diana Ross in her Supremes period, slightly backcombed on the crown and topped with hairbands or fab little hats – yup, that’s a look I like a lot. Thick straight fringes and flipped ends – oh yum! Basically, if it’s got volume, I’m loving it.

And it just so happens that this is the hair we’re seeing in Dreamgirls, Beyonce’s new film. Perfect timing for me to indulge my love of big. I also got my hair cut the other day and was chatting to my hairdresser about what I wanted. I explained I didn’t want it blow dried poker straight and she suggested adding some rollers for extra volume – I immediately agreed. Oh yeah!

She rolled up about 5 or 6 thick sections on the top of my head into wondrous big fat velcro rollers, spritzed on some hairspray and left it to set for a few minutes. She came back, removed the rollers and voila! I had a 60’s do! V pleased was I.

So I decided I needed to get some rollers so I could indulge this look at home. Now, I knew I’d need big rollers – I didn’t want corkscrew curls, just gentle shiny looking waves to add volume, and that requires quite a prodigious circumference.

A quick search in Boots turned up a set of nice fat thermo rollers which cost me €9.45 for four. I will be testing these out at the weekend and will report my findings!

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22 Replies to "Getting Dreamgirls Hair"

  • Orlaith says:

    I really love voluminous hair as well. For years I was in denial. Like everybody else I aspired to the smooth, sleeky locks that Jennifer Aniston had. My hair, although it appears quite thin, unless tamed by a hair dryer and straightening iron is actually wild and rebellious. Then one morning I had an epiphany! I discovered after using a volumising shampoo that what I needed was VOLUME not smooth n’sleek! I now love avida volumising shampoo and I’ll definitely be trying out the rollers!

  • Admin says:

    Orlaith – I have really thick hair actually and it’s very difficult to do anything with because the weight of it drags it back down again – but this worked, I was thrilled!

  • Aphrodite says:

    very cool look – and bang on trend for this season according to Natasha! I’ll be giving this one a go too!

  • Admin says:

    sure aren’t I always bang on trend, me?

  • Aphrodite says:

    of course you are dahling

  • Admin says:

    oh thank you – are we doing lunch? er I mean having a production meeting?

  • LaLa-Murph says:

    I bought the babyliss ceramic heated rollers few months ago….found them impossible to use! havent a clue what to do with them now and have been under my bed in the box since….any tips on achieving this big hair look for someone with a near-shoulder length bob!?

  • Admin says:

    lala – we’ve been asked a couple of times recently about heated rollers, aphrodite is going to ask natasha about it.

  • Aphrodite says:

    perhaps Natasha will come on the site and fill us in? I might text her!

    And yes Admin I am on the way over for our er meeting – with a big box of makeup goodies!! I don’t know where we’re going to go that will be worthy of your big hair though!

  • Admin says:

    oh it’s not big now, it’s tied back in frumpy work fashion

  • cathyfly says:

    Hi girls
    Can you recommend somewhere i could get my hair blow dried that would do me a nice voluminous do like the one you described – with rollers etc?

    I’ve just had my hair cut & highlights done etc and i love the cut and colour, but i can never seem to get them to blow dry it into any other style than the poker straight look that so many hairdressers favour these days.

    I’m sure it’s because they have so many girls begging them to straighten their more unruly locks, but my hair is already poker straight so i am just dying for someone to inject some volume into it!

    And any suggestions for volume enhancing hair products while we’re at it?

    c x

  • Admin says:

    cathyfly – any hairdresser will do it but I reckon your local one is best – not so caught up in being uber trendy and they’ll do what you want, not what they THINK you want!

    we’ll do some posts on volumising products too.

  • sarah says:

    im so glad dead straight hair isnt so cool anymore mine is a frizz bomb it never would stay straight so i just stopped trying and its way nicer natural with some volume!

  • Mary says:

    yea sarah i got a style cut into mine that i can funk up and tis much nicer than it being poker straight

  • Aphrodite says:

    I’m on the case here: I’ve to ask Natasha –

    What are the best heated rollers & curling tongs
    What are the best volumizing products
    How to get this style at home

    Anyone think of anything else?

  • LaLa-Murph says:

    just how exactly best to use the rollers ….as in an explanation for a complete hair dummy!!!

  • sweet o says:

    I’d love a few tips on backcombing – seriously!! :) I got my hair done in a sixties do while in Chicago, and she backcombed it (my hair is v fine and flat) and it was freaking fantastic, volume like my hair had never ever had!

  • Aphrodite says:

    Natasha gave us a few tips in the comments in this post

  • Scarlett says:

    I’vr tried curlers so many times & it can be hit & miss, so I’ve finally gone retro & do old fashioned pin curls, leave them overnight & get fab defined curls that last until I wash my hair again – sometimes the old tried & tested is better than all the gizmos & gadgets! ;-)

  • Betty says:

    Hey Cathyfly,

    I know exactly what you mean about some hairdressers only knowing how to straighten hair, although it has improved greatly in the last few years. Anyway, I would highly recommend Zandiga hair salon on Abbey Street (near the Jervis Centre), if you’re in Dublin. I’ve been going there for a couple of years and they do a lovely, curly blowdry with loose, bouncy curls. Ask for Leona but all the girls there can do it anyway.

    Halo at Stephen’s Green (opp Break for the Border) and David Marshall on Dawson St also do a lovely, curly blow-dry but are more expensive.



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