I grew up watching a lot of Shirley Temple movies. Every time my sister and I had the opportunity, we would ask our mom to do our our hair just like her.
Here is a more grown-up version I did for my sister. This is also a simplified-for-shorter-hair version of my Curly Formal Updo.
This style is perfect for those of you doing hair for little girls’ (daughters, sisters, etc.), especially active ones who don’t like to have hair in their eyes.
Shirley did wear versions of this style in her movies as she got older, such as this clip from “the Little Princess.” By the way, this song makes me happy.
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1. Part your hair. With damp hair, set in sponge curlers. You can use gel if you like. For this style, we wanted a flatter crown so the sections are kind of lower on the sides than they would be for the sterotypical Shirley Temple look. Basically, there are two layers of curlers set vertically with a few extra ones in the back at the bottom. The curls are rolled forward.
2. The next morning, gently undo the back curls, starting with the bottom ones and working your way up.
3. Very gently smooth the back and loosely pin them with bobby pin criss-crosses at the top and on the sides. A fine-toothed comb may be helpful in smoothing the curls.
4. Undo the side curls on one side
5. Twist the ringlets into a group and cross them over the top of ringlets in the back. They should cover the bobby pins on the other side. Secure with more pins.
6. Repeat on the other side.
7. Add a tiara or flowers as desired.
8. Bounce around enjoying that “spoing” feel
And for those of you who read all the way to the bottom, a photo memory.