CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Oh, the disco era! Every dress, skirt and blouse seemed to sparkle, float or shimmer. Lips were big and glossy, makeup was frosty, and hair was luxuriantly styled. No outfit was complete without fur (or faux fur) and some gold-colored ankle-strap heels.
To my glee and excitement, '70s fashion is white-hot this season.
For those of you who love the era, we thought a tutorial on hair and makeup would be in order, particularly given the emphasis the '70s placed on "total package" styling.
To assist us with this tutorial, I turned to Charleston's queens of edgy-chic hair and makeup: Shannon "Redd" Wills and Nikki Hoffman of Salon tHAIRapy, on Bigley Avenue in Charleston. And they did not disappoint! Our model was the beautiful and exotic Erin Chalhoub.
Hair: The disco frizz
While '70s hairstyles were just as varied as they are today, they definitely leaned toward extravagance and drama. The most iconic hairstyle of that time, the afro, or frizz, is now the "it" style dominating the runways and pages of the world's most esteemed fashion magazines.
This hairstyle takes a little time, but it will hands-down seal the deal if you are in a disco diva competition!
You will need perm rollers or pink foam rollers in three different sizes, bobby pins, hair gel or mousse, hair oil or a moisturizing spray, a fine-tooth comb -- and lots of hairspray. Redd also used a small barrel curling iron to finish the style.
How to do it
1. Wet your hair and roll your entire head in perm rollers or foam rollers. Alternate the sizes you use, but take care not to overload any of your individual rollers with too much hair. Another option, if you don't have rollers, is to plait your entire head of hair in various sizes of braids.