Ask the Costume Goddess
Ask the Costume Goddess:
Hair Style Ideas for Short Hair
by Dina Lydia
Dear Costume Goddess:
Do you have any ideas for those of us whose hair is fashionably
short? A turban doesn't suit the slinky style of my costumes,
and I've found that headbands and barrettes get lost under all
those artfully cut chunky layers of hair. Can you suggest a style
of headpiece which suits short haircuts particularly well? Or,
am I doomed to wear wigs?
--Perplexed Pixie Cut
Dear Costume Goddess,
I have short hair that i'm in the process of growing out.
It's about at my ears now. It used to be a bit of a 20's style
bob. Headbands tend to make me look about 2 years younger than
i am, and hairpins generally don't have the mysterious look i'm
going for when i'm dancing. What should i do with my short hair
when i'm dancing?
--Shimmying With Short Hair
The Costume Goddess Responds
Dear Perplexed and Shimmying,
Short hair may seem too plain, too minimalist to be harmonious
with an elaborate costume, especially if the dancer is tall.
Still, there aren't any rules, and I've seen a few dancers go
pixie with some long earrings and artful makeup and look very
But for a dramatic change in appearance, try any of these:
- A hairpiece or wig (if you find it comfortable): straight
Cleopatra styles, curly ones, or braids and ponytails.
- Turban (for tribal style dancers) with or without veil or
artificial braids hanging down.
- Beaded, chain or coin headpiece (see below): a beautiful
Egyptian look. These can be from ear length to shoulder length.
If you're clever with your hands, you could make your own version,
using chains, beads or pearls by the yard attached to a headband.
Fasten this with lots of bobby pins and practice dancing with
it. Spins and backbends may not be a good idea.
- Simple beaded or padded headband, with a small veil tucked
the back/sides to cover short hair; or tied scarf with long ends
that fall over shoulders. See my headdresses
article for more ideas. You might add a beaded or veil drape
under chin, or tassels at sides; but practice spins, make sure
tassels don't strike eyes.
- A tiara-style headpiece or a padded Ghawazee-style headpiece.
- Drape a veil over your head and anchor it with a ropy knotted
cord or padded or twisted headband, keffiyeh style. If the cord
and veil are sparkly, it will appear less tribal, more nightclub.
- Tie a beaded scarf around head.
--The Costume Goddess
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About the Costume Goddess
Dina has been sewing for more than twenty-five
years (yes, she started as a toddler!)
She's also an artist (Maryland Institute of Art) and perfected
her sewing techniques apprenticed to various designers, freelancing
for small theaters, restyling vintage garments, and altering
Dina fell in love with belly dancing costumes upon her very
first lesson. Now the pleasure of wearing her own designs, and
seeing others wear them, offers as much pleasure as dancing. She's
become expert as well in altering those troublesome ready-made
Egyptian costumes, and modifying designs to flatter individual
She holds workshops in Seattle to teach design and construction
of cabaret costumes, and analysis of figure characteristics.
She will also give private lessons, or resize or repair a secondhand
costume. She's thus earned her Costume Goddess title.
The Costume Goddess Tells All Costuming Books
Dina has published six books of her own on belly dance costuming
as well as writing nearly all the costuming section for The
Belly Dance Book. For information on her series of books, The Costume Goddess Tells All, see her web site at www.costumegoddess.com.
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