How to Get Mad Men Hair aka Betty Draper Hair

Learn how to get Mad Men hair, aka Betty Draper hair, with this Howcast hair tutorial featuring celebrity hairstylist Jacqueline Bush.


My name is Jacqueline Bush and I'm an editorial in celebrity hairstyles. My clientele has included Faith Hill, Mark Ruffalo, Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Krakowski. I want to be able to show you that hair isn't as intimidating or as hard as you think it is and I want you be able to have fun with it and do what your vision is with your hairSo now I'm going to show you how to get hair like the women in "Mad Men" or Betty Draper hair. As you saw from our last clip, "How to Get Hollywood Glamour," you're going to do the same thing, which is what I have already done to the model. The difference is instead of brushing it out, you could even brush it out, what I did is I took about inch section on the top of her head and curled those ones just a little more. In the last video we took larger sections. This time, just on the top of the head, we're just taking a little bit smaller sections to give a little more curl on the top of your head. We're going to do this all the way around, I've already done this side for you, and I curled these last two pieces away from the face cause I like a little bit of variation and movement. So, after you do that you're going to take some, for me I'm using a styling wax, has a little bit of shine in it cause shine was very important back then. You're going to silk that through the hair; and I'm not brushing the curls too much yet. Then you're going to take your smoothing brush with a little hair spray, as we did in our last video, we're going to do it again. As you notice, I'm not going all the way through just yet. Then we're going to brush through the ends. Now, what were going to do is I am going to have our model turn around for us. The first thing we're going to do is we're going to lift up the top half of the hair; and you know the sectioning doesn't have to be really particular on this. We're going to lift that up, clip it out of the way, then we're going to take our smoothing comb and we're going to tease this part. We're going to take that clip out. Could spray it a little bit if you're hair is a little soft, if you're hair is too soft that's what prevents it from holding the style, so you're hair needs to be a little rough. Now we're going to smooth that out, just smoothing out the curls a little bit. Then what we're going to do is take a little rubber band, a small rubber band. If you have long hair this is the trick you're going to do, if you have short hair and you already did the curl and brushed it out that is "Mad Men" Betty Draper hair, the old Hollywood style glamour look. Now if you have long hair like our model does, what you're going to do is you're going to take that whole section of hair, you're going to make sure it's all mainly together. You're going to put it in a very low ponytail; you see that pony tail comes about the middle of her back. Then what you're going to do is you're going to take this section, you're going to tease it underneath. Then, taking my fingers or you can do it with a comb, you're going to bring that ponytail through, under one more time, then you're going to pull it out a little bit. Then what you're going to do is you're going to pin it underneath. So I have some bobby pins here and this little pony tail, remember this little teased section, that's what you're pinning. So I can go through that little hole that we have and pin that underneath. And I have shown you, in another video, how to use bobby pins so you can look that up if you're confused. Gripping the hair, just making sure that ponytail stays out, and as you can see, "Oh it's falling," I'm going to stick in another little pin. You know, the more precise, the more time you spend doing this, the cleaner it's going to look; the less time you spend... If you spend less time on something like this, it's ok, but, just make sure the look blends, you know? You can make it a little bit more undone looking if you spend less time, but you just got to make sure the undone works. You might ask "How would you do that?" You can tease it out a little bit at the end, pull out some sections so that it doesn't look like it just sloppily fell you know? Pinning a little more, making that nice "X" shape. You can use larger bobby pins too; I'm using the small ones because most of you guys probably don't have different sized pins at home. Pinning that ponytail right in there to the nape of her neck. Now we're going to have our model turn back around. Now we have most of that hair pinned up, you're going to look at it from the front. Now she has this little section here. What we're going to do is we're going to pin that in the shape that we want. So we want a little bit more of the curl to show, so we're just going to pin that right here. Just taking that pin and putting it directly into the hair. Now what I'm going to do is spray again with hair spray, smooth it, spray a little more, give it a little more control. This is where it's all about the eyes guys, because, back then it was about shaping it. And that's the short way to get "Mad Men" hair.

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