Doing your hair at Viva can be one of the biggest headaches! I have a hard time doing rolls as it is, now throw in a different climate, hard water, and a hangover and they become nearly impossible. Over the years I have gotten better at it, but I still have those moments where I want to rip my hair out of my head!
Last year I was overall really happy with how my hair turned out because it was the first year that I set my hair the entire weekend. We arrived on wednesday so I was able to set my hair properly and wore that same set until friday night. Yes, I was that crazy girl that washed and set her hair at 6 am friday night/saturday morning. All I wanted to do was pass out, but it saved a lot headaches for the rest of the trip. Basically though, I wore the same 2 sets the whole weekend:
Thursday. Fresh set. 3 front rolls.
Friday. Same set but one big side roll. This is the Grable do.
Saturday. New set but I went back to the 3 front rolls.
Sunday. Same set, just put into braids.
My goal this year to be as happy with my hair as I was last year. Its shorter, which may bring on some new challenges. By now, though, I have a few tried and true methods for achieving good hair at Viva and I thought I would share them with you here.
Try out sets in advance.
Viva is no place to try new things with your hair, although sometimes I have and it has worked out well (the Grable do, faux bangs), usually you will just end up frustrated and with ganky hair. Do your same sets using your same styling methods. If you want to do some new styles my best advice is to test them out in advance. That way you can work out the kinks and get the styling methods down. Also, sometimes a style may not look that good on you and its best to know that before Viva. For instance, I look best with some hair down. I don't have a strong profile so updo's arent the most flattering on me. Thats why I usually do half up, half down.
What to Pack:
I always take a variety of things I may need to set and style my hair:
To wash my hair I bring a volumizing shampoo and conditioner like Big Sexy Hair. Leave the moisturizing stuff at home!! It will just weigh down your hair.
To set my hair I bring 2 setting lotions: Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion and Lottabody. I also bring an extra mini spray bottle to hold water. Also, make sure to bring your blow dryer (the one in the room sucks) and a scarf to wrap your hair in at night.
Make sure that you set your hair so that it can last. Add extra hair spray and bobby pins and jump around the room a bit to make sure it all stays in place. If you dance like I do you don't want any of it falling out mid dance so make sure its all in place, including any adornments you may add.
Also, bring print outs of some styles that you like. I have a file folder filled with hair inspiration that I will bring with me to Viva. That way when I'm attempting a style I can see how its supposed to look in the end. You could even bring Lauren Rennels Vintage Hairstyling book if you need some extra help.
All the extras:
Bobby pins- large and small.
Metal clips- large and small.
Combs- regular, rat tail, teasing, and mini for my purse.
Hair brush-paddle, round, and boar bristled.
Hair rats in a variety of sizes, including one for faux bangs.
Flower clips, scarves, bows and other pretty things.
When to Set:
My rule is wash my hair as little as possible during the weekend. To some people this may sound gross but for anyone who consistently sets her hair this is one of the most important rules. This can be hard to do at Viva because with all the heat, cigarette smoke, and sweat, all you really wanna do is clean your hair! Believe me though, doing a new style everyday on clean hair is just a headache waiting to happen. I will wash and set my hair on wednesday night, then by friday or saturday I will wash and set it again. Between washes I will re-roll my hair at night (morning) before going to bed. I am usually drunk and ready to pass out but I do it anyway because it will make everything easier the next day. Make sure to brush it really good to get out any excess styling products, then roll it the way you did to begin with. If I have rolls I will not usually take them out. Wrap a scarf around your head and go to sleep!
Here's a quick, non-hair related tip---bring ear plugs. I will be rooming with 2 boys and I know from experience that both of them snore. Ear plugs block everything out so that I can actually get some rest!
Refresh Your Set
One of the key things I do throughout the weekend is to refresh my set whenever I go back to the room. This is especially important after the car show or pool party where you've been in the sun and wind for hours at a time. I will simply take either my Remington Tight Curls or my curling iron and go through and re-curl sections that may have fallen. Add a little more pomade and hairspray and change out your flower and you're ready to go!
Getting the Most out of Your Set
Since there are many style options that you can do with one set, I try to do variations throughout the weekend. On a fresh set I will leave most of it down. The next style will include more rolls, or the combining of rolls. By the third style you can do an up do or braids. This way it doesn't look like you have the same style the whole weekend. Also, using different hair accessories is a good way of changing up your style. So bring lots of different options to dress up your hair.
So there you have it! Those are my main tips for having good hair at Viva. This was mainly geared for girls who set their hair since it is a lot of work maintaining a set. Whether you set it or not I'd like to hear your tips at achieving great hair. Even if you don't go to Viva! What are your tried and true hair styling methods?
When the tickets were for sale on the Viva Las Vegas website they were $95 a piece. I'm seriously shocked that they are going for so much on Ebay! I really do hope that these aren't scams and that the buyers do get real tickets. Hopefully, those, these people learn a very important lesson:
If you are planning to go to Viva this year I'm sure you have heard on numerous occasions 'don't wear repro!' The reason for this bold statement is that if you decide to wear your new Stop Staring dress on saturday night, chances are that someone else will be wearing the same dress. But I don't agree with this statement 100%. There are some great repro companies out there that make things that really do look vintage and aren't as common as Stop Staring. Chances are that no one will even know that you are wearing repro. Whirling Turban makes dresses that are almost as collectible as the real thing!
Here are just a few repro items that I think are amazing and would be happy to add to my wardrobe.
Instead of telling you what to wear, I'm just going to show you some options. At the end of the day though wear clothes that you like and that you feel comfortable in. Whether you prefer 30s, 40s, repro, jeans, or modern...the most important thing is that you have a good time. Don't feel the need to try and 'fit in' because anything goes at Viva. There is no right or wrong so do what feels right for you. These are things that I like and that are pretty popular there, but by no means is this a dress code. I just want to offer up some ideas and options :-)
Now onto the clothes!!
For casual-ish daytime go for playsuits or sun dresses:
The best are playsuits and sundresses in one:
With some comfy wedges:
For early evening go for something fancier like a mermaid dress:
Also, Hawaiian dresses are always popular.
With some lucite springolators:
And a lucite purse:
For late evening dancing, change into something comfortable, yet cute. I like sarong dresses or cotton sundresses:
Also change into some wedges you can dance in:
For the car show wear something cute and comfy like shorts and a halter top:
Espadrilles are always cute:
For the Tiki Pool Party wear an amazing vintage bathing suit:
Some carved wedges would look nice too:
Here are some other great options for the weekend:
Poufy prom dresses:
Wiggle and cocktail dresses:
Lurex and cigarette pants:
And don't forget--
Flower hair clips:
Ta-da!! Thats basically my Viva wardrobe in a nutshell. Hopefully this helps those of you that are new to Viva. And if you aren't going...WHY AREN"T YOU GOING??????