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Styling My Hair Like Tippi Hedren

I want to style my hair like Tippi Hedren in The Birds, any tips? The back looks like a french twist but I don't know what products to use or how to get the volume in the front and top.

Lara from Santa Rosa


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March 2, 20070 found this helpful

I am no expert but that seems to be the old cut - that was sort of layered on the top & longer in the back so you could put it up in a French twist - From my high school days around the time of the film - I know the volume at the time was produced by backcombing or teasing the hair at the root for volume - after setting on rollers with setting lotion - and then lots of hair spray...Nowwdays with modern hair product you could probably use volume mousse - volume blow drying & other products to get the fullness - or just tease - altho that's bad for the hair!!!

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March 5, 20070 found this helpful

and don't forget, she had someone to comb and re-do and fix it every 15 or 20 minutes!!

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March 5, 20070 found this helpful

This is show biz, folks. It's all an illusion. You are assuming that's all her hair. The look is attained whether her hair cooperates or not.

Just before every take, a hair stylist is making sure her hair looks "right." That also means it has to match how it looked on the scene that will come just before the current one in the final edit.

Often wigs, rats, and other partial hairpieces are used to get the right style and color.

Why not write to her and ask?


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November 24, 20070 found this helpful

This is just a shot in the dark, but I wonder if you could get on line and google to see if she has a web site devoted to her. Maybe one of her fans could give you some help or advice.


I agree with you about her hair - such a classic beauty!

Good luck from Smoochie :)

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December 16, 20070 found this helpful

Her hairstyle in The Birds is actually similar to the one Kim Novak had in Vertigo, except Hedren's was more of a classic french twist. I agree there may have been extra hair used at the back. Much would depend on the texture of your hair. In one scene, her front hair comes loose and it is fairly short, no more than chin length. To make that back twist would have required a length nearly to her shoulders and fairly thick. Probably they used a rat, a layer of padding underneath the actual hair. Also, these styles required many many hairpins. I know because I wore a "do" similar to this to my senior prom. Be sure to get the ones to match your hair color.


The key to the loveliness of these old styles was to keep the front around the face soft looking. You never saw stars back then with their hair skinned back. Though the back was elegantly up, if the breeze blew, the hair around the face moved. It was all about femininity.

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