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The Hair Rat. A spooky yet awesome vintage hairstyling trick

How do you think women used to get their hair to do this??

Because in the 1940’s, I can tell you for sure that not every woman had enough hair on her head to do this sort of hairstyle, without a little reinforcement.

Ladies, let’s talk about the Hair Rat.

Not that kind! gross!



A hair rat is a form made of a woman’s own hair that is used to beef up bigger hairstyles.

Historically, a woman would collect her own hair out of her brush over time and either put it in a hairnet or roll it into a sausage like shape and use it inside those fabulous victory rolls that we see in old photos and wonder ” how did they do that??”

The hair rat blends right into the hairstyle, adding serious structure and OOOMPH. If teasing is the high-heels of hair (love that quote Reagan of HDOFblog!) Then the hair rat is the highest platform boot you can find.

There are faux-hair rats on the market these days, but nothing quite blends like the real thing. That is a promise.

How delightfully creepy and wonderful. Let’s start our hair rats today because I’m quite sure that we will be using them in HTHG tutorials in the near future.

Go get your brush, and use a comb to get all the loose hair out of it. Roll it up and stash it somewhere where no one will see it and get creeped out;)

Keep adding hair to it until it is the size of a softball. I don’t roll mine too tight, because I like it to be able to conform to whichever shape I need it too.

I had to share this post because the other day, I was styling hair for a photo shoot and found myself desperate for a hair rat. So, I collected the hair that I had trimmed off the model, rolled it into a big ball, and stuck it inside the base of a braid to poof it up and it worked perfectly.






Here is an article that will tell you a bit more about the hair rat.

Here is another way to make your own.

Will you use this awesome, practical, historically proven stands-the-test-of-time vintage hair trick?

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  1. Hairlicious

    WOW! The hairstyle you created on the model reminds me of the women that Alphonse Mucha used to paint! Stunning!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Thanks! im a big fan of Mucha’s paintings!

  2. damp cigaret

    Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?

    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is great, let alone the content!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Thank you so much! I have been blogging for a year and a half, and have so much fun doing it. I hired Sharphue to do my web design, they are great!

  3. Martha Teter

    Hello I found this site very interesting and I hope to try and do this with my hair.

  4. GloriaGloria

    Interesting name choice.. I think the style you’re mentioning is a bouffant?

  5. how to: Rockabilly | AH

    […] with a hair pin at both sides. If this is too difficult you can also use a hair rat.  You can make your own or buy one at a beauty supply store.  *Note: if you want to buy one but can only find the doughnut […]

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