Vintage Hair Up North

I think any girl who is into the vintage look will have been to or of least heard of Nina’s Vintage Hair Parlour in Alfie’s Antique Market, London. Nina is ace- the Queen of vintage hair in my eyes!

But living in Manchester I wanted to find somewhere a bit more local to do my hair! So after asking that very
question on Twitter, Gwyneth of Vintage Afternoon Teas came to my rescue and recommended a chap called Richard at Elliot McClarance in Altrincham. (Just to add as of 7th Aug 2011 Richard has moved salons to Sand in Altrincham)

After a chat about what I wanted- a 1940’s glamorous look naturally! He set to work, cutting my hair into a middy kind of shape which would take and hold the curl better. See the Lisa Freemont Pages for detailed information about the middy haircut and where I originally got this diagram from.

He also recommended a wet set, which involved me sitting under one of those hood hairdryers for ages (I have a lot of hair) but the final result was worth it!

I was really pleased with the outcome and the fast that Richard had listened to what I wanted and not attempted to convince me to have my hair straight, which is what most stylists have done in the past.
Where do you go to get your hair done? And what do you ask for?



  1. August 6, 2011 / 5:55 am

    It looks lovely! So good that you found a fab hairdresser, I find most of them are pretty useless lol..

  2. August 6, 2011 / 10:38 am

    That looks gorgeous!

    I’ve given up on “proper” hairdressers here in Newcastle now as they always give me a horrible cut and style based on what they want to do rather than anything I ask for. I’ve been going to the local beauty college for a while now, it’s only £2 for a cut and style and as they students are supervised every step of the way it is almost impossible for them to go wrong. I had my hair and eyelashes permed a few months back for a tenner. Bargaintastic!

  3. Miss Matilda
    August 6, 2011 / 5:54 pm

    I do my own now!

  4. August 6, 2011 / 7:00 pm

    I want hair like this! Through my local WI (City WI in Nottingham) I found a couple of traditional salons who do retro styling at very retro prices (£6 – £12 for a full set and style anyone?!). I have never thought to look at the types of salons that actual grannies go to! x

  5. August 8, 2011 / 1:13 pm

    Thanks for the comments ladies!
    Lucy- thats a bargain, and a really good idea!
    Miss Matilda- you are very brave! But obv talented too!
    UpToonGirl, NicsNotebook- most salons just seem to want you in and out and just give you a generic haircut!! We need a salon revolution!
    Lady Liquor- thanks lovely- it lasted really well to- about 4 days!

  6. April 26, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    you should take a look at vintage tinsel on facebook or tinseltiara on the internet based in darlington she has been blogged on top bridal blogs and magazines for her vintage hair and also worked on shoots in florida to celebrate international womans month xx