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Steampunk hair?

Hello lovelies!

For those of you who don't know me, I am a lady, but I have short hair. Very short hair. It's kind of an early Winona Ryder cut, very smooth and feminine. My problem is, it's starting to grow out. It  is currently a scraggly mess because I have neither the time nor the energy to deal with it on my own. I might consider growing it out, but that always take so long, and long hair is most definitely not a good look for me.

So, since I clearly need to get it styled again, I must ask: does anyone know of any good, short steampunk styles? It's alright if they're for men, although I do prefer a little femininity, but if anyone knows of anything that would look good with corsets and full-on steampunk attire, and not too out of place with a simple t-shirt and jeans combo, I would be eternally grateful.
Thank you



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Oct. 1st, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Why not go more for the punk side of things and get a short spikey bob sort of thing going on?
Kind of like this: http://www.healthandbeauty.net.au/images/short-spike-bob.JPG
Oct. 1st, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
I really don't think there is a set Steampunk style for hair since it is set in fantasy. Your persona could be a time traveler and have a hair style from any era of your choice really. But if you want to go for a vintage pre WWII look I'd go for a 1920's style. Fingerwaves always look smashing as do spit curls. Or you could just slick it all back and wear a nice hat.

Edited at 2008-10-01 04:07 am (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
I get the impression she's looking for a style a little lower-maintenance than 1920's stuff - I have thick wavy hair, which should be perfect for finger-waving and at the right length falls like Renee Zellwegger's in the movie version of Chicago (I know, spelled her name wrong). But it NEVER looked like that because I wasn't willing to spend an hour and/or shellac it to my head with gel (real curly hair does NOT lay smooth like that with just water, let alone stay that way all day under wind and humidity).

For which I can only suggest that a pixie is the most feminine *very* short, low-maintenence style I know of. Doing something a couple inches longer and spikier would certainly work with the punk aspect. But sadly, the Victorian era had no short hairstyles whatsoever for women; the first ones are the 1920s ones requieminblack mentions, and those are mostly ear-length to chin-length bobs. Which if your hair is that long, and you don't mind it hanging in your face and/or sitting on the back of your neck (I couldn't stand it), are pretty easy to manage as well... as long as you let it be more casual instead of trying to do the super-sleek 20s thing.

And of course, there's always wigs if you want a Victorian look for costumes.
Oct. 1st, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Well, it never hurts to try, eh? Maybe her hair is not as curly and she will have better luck...you never know. Woman did sport super short shingle hair cuts in the 1920's. And some wore it straight and slicked back. Plus fingerwaves don't have to be done all over your whole head to look nice. She could just put a few in the front to frame around her hair line and it would look lovely.

Just a few pictures I dug up for reference. There are a lot of different looks going on here. I am quite fond of the left middle style that is straight and short with the little spit curl. Very cute and feminine and easy to do.

Oct. 1st, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Some of the upswept styles of the Victorian era could perhaps be imitated with a short cut. There are a lot of pretty styles here:
I love this one especially:
Jenn Davis
Apr. 23rd, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
so pretty...
This is darling... I think I'd pair it with something regency based.
Oct. 1st, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
I think a super-short pixie cut would work just fine--airship mechanics don't want to get their long locks caught in the workings of the engine, after all!

I keep my hair pretty short, and I'm going for the finger-wave style from the 20's cause it looks good on me. I think it's more important to have a cute hairdo that looks good on you than that it fits with your chosen aesthetic, if that makes sense.
Oct. 1st, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
my hair is only about three inches long, I wear falls alot, but when it was shorter I spent alot of quality time with various ridiculous hats, and finger waves. I've also parted it slicked it down thrown on some goggles and called it a day.
Oct. 1st, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
I went very short - as in clippers on the number 2 blade - then dyed red -

as for the girlier look with specific clothing - hun that's what wigs are for - heheh

and believe it or not, I still look fairly girlie even with the butch do kind of cut, because of the jewelry and such which is definitely femme

I'm also a 50 year old, pudgy chick - and a plus size belly dancer - go with what is comfortable day to day and get some 'spare hair' for outfits that seem to call for more curl
Oct. 3rd, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Thank you so much to everyone for your advice!
Based on your suggestions, I've decided I'll get a variation on a pixie cut. I know they look cute on my face, and much thanks to Gothpanda for providing the justification I needed!
And many thanks to mellawyrden as well - the pictures you provided inspired my decision. I'm going to get most of my hair cut in a pixie style - if you've seen Rihanna's latest haircut, it would be something like that in back, possibly a bit longer. However, I'll leave my bangs the way they are (slightly longer than the body of the cut). That way, I can flat-iron them to make it look more edgy, or leave them loose and curly for a more classic Victorian look.
And hats and goggles are always good!
I'll post pictures of the cut when I get it done. Thank you all so very much!
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