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Gertie at STC Craft: Awesome DIY Hairdos 


I've been a Bust magazine reader since way back, and I've always loved their smart and sassy attitude. A feminist magazine with sewing projects and beauty tips? Yes, please!

So, of course, I was super-excited to get a copy of the new book, The Bust DIY Guide to Life. After flipping through it, I fell in love with the section on hairstyles. So I hatched the idea of trying out a couple of the 'dos (there are ten in total) and reporting the results to you here. Here goes!

First, I tried the "Go Go Kahlo," an homage to Frida the Great.

Here's my version.


The front is done in French braids down the side of the head, which then get flipped up to the top of the head and pinned in place. (I don't think I've French braided since I went to Girl Scout camp! It was a good refresher.) The book gives you several options for how you can finish the back of your hair, and I chose to twist it into pin curl-like shapes.

Of course, chandelier earrings were a must! This would be a great look for an elegant evening out.

Next, I tried "The Do in Doo-Wop," a bouffant style reminiscent of girl groups of the 60s, with a punk edge like Amy Winehouse (RIP).

I decided it needed glasses and more black so I did a quick wardrobe change. (And extra eyeliner would have been good, but I was on a tight schedule.)


I loved the messy approach to this style. As the book says, "Don't aim for perfection--this is rock 'n' roll, not a beauty pageant!" I dig that. This coiffure really spoke to my inner bad girl; it would look amazing paired with a motorcycle jacket, don't you think? (Note to self: Look into sewing motorcycle jacket ASAP.)

The best part about these two styles is that they worked with my hair's natural texture, so no blow drying or curling or straightening was needed or recommended. No fuss and super stylish--what more could a girl want out of her DIY life? The only hard part will be deciding which one to try next!

Also! See a gallery of project images from the book here.

Reader Comments (5)

I like both looks!

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan - KnittersDelight

Gertie, you look beautiful. I love the braided up-do on you - how did you do it yourself?
The second look is also great and definitely upgraded with the black and the glasses.

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeren Duchan

I love this book!! I borrowed a copy from the library, but I totally need to OWN it! I love that along with beauty and crafts, it has tips on home ownership and saving and other practical stuff that women and girls are not often taught to care about. It is good value all around.

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWa nett

I love both of the DO's.... I have stick straight hair.. wonder if these would work for me?

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracey Wirth

Love this! And the second do likes quite good with the dress too.))

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermsveve

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