Paul Wartnaby is one of my favourite people. There’s not a day goes by that we do not have a conversation of some sort whether it is a giggle over Facebook, exchanging photos of hairstyles and outfits or he kindly gives me advice when I have hair related questions!
Paul is a vintage hairdresser at La Reine Vintage. He is popular and respected within the vintage scene with many people seeking his advice, tips and tricks! He has also been featured in Vintage Life Magazine.
We will be getting together later this year for a photoshoot so keep an eye out for a feature!
I decided to ask him a few questions which he kindly agreed to answer as well as sharing some photos of his fabulous work.
You can find Paul by visiting the La Reine Vintage Facebook page
How did you get into doing vintage hair?
I’ve always had a passion for bygone times, I loved 20s and 30’s music when I was five years old and had a wind up gramophone that I took everywhere!! I’ve also had a gift of being able to put the right combination of things for correct eras. When I was 12 years old my dad had a video camera and I used to make period dramas dressing up the girls in the street in authentic clothes from the attic and doing their hair in period styles. It sounds odd but it just seemed like a gift.
Where did you learn?
After leaving school I studied Media, Theatre and Hairdressing at college also making costume. It was a great time in my life and where my gift came in useful. And all through my college days I collected lots of period hairdressing books, magazines etc and when people know you are interested in a certain area they often let you have things that they have collected themselves.
Which is your favourite era?
I love the 1930’s and those fabulous finger wave styles which have become one of my trade marks but also have a soft spot for 60’s Bouffants as I won my first ever hairdressing competition at 16 by setting and dressing a beehive.
What is your favourite hairstyle to do?
I think I covered above lol.
Do you advise a wet set is better than heat?
I’d always rather use a wet set as you can mould the hair to whatever style you want and it is a lot more longer lasting, and many different techniques can be used on the one styling.
If you could style a celebrity from the golden era of Hollywood who would it be?
I think with my beehive passion it would have to be Dusty Springfield at her peak in the 1960’s. I’ve based many her style on her classic dressings.
Do you style vintage hair on men?
I’m not often asked to do mens hair very often, but have been known to blow wave some fabulous quiffs.
You gave me a fabulous tip of invisible hairnets…what other tips can you offer?
My tips for vintage would be, if you want to be authentic only use what was available at that period in time as it gives you more of the exact look and remember that nearly everyone would have had a perm, which makes a big difference to the setting and the staying power of the style.
What are your prices for vintage hair?
My prices start at around £25 for vintage setting.
Are you at any events this year where people can come to you for their hair styling?
I’m at a local to me vintage event in March I don’t normally do vintage fairs because the equipment I use is difficult to transport to venues. My salon is in the planning stages after a few set backs but people can message me on my page for photo shoots etc. I work closely with Mike at Twistyfocus who takes my fantastic photographs!