Saturday, August 3, 2013

Star Wars Hair Styles

As a kid, my Daddy took us to see the rerelease of Episode IV of Star Wars in theaters. I'd tried to to the hair before, but never got any where, as Alderanians evidently either have about 4x the hair thickness and volume as the rest of us humans have, or Princess Leia used hair extensions. I think I'll opt for the former.

LEIA HAIR #1(Classic) Her buns on either side of her head are about 2x the size of my entire head of hair


I'd seen wigs for the Leia Classic hair, but they all looked, um, like wigs. I'd even attempted once with hair pins to make my sister Leah's hair do this, but despite her God-given incredibly thick hair (jealousy alert, sob sob), I couldn't get it to stay firmly.  So I gave it up as only a wig-possible type of hair. And not being into wigs, I just gave up on it.

From this awesome website
Amy at Increasingly Domestic used sock buns to make her daughter the most convincing Princess Leia classic hairstyle I'd ever seen. SHE LOOKS AWESOME.

It looks infinitely more beautiful than wigs, is secure and comfortable and relatively lightweight. Best of all, your hair doesn't even need to be particularly long or even thick to do this. And you can just use old socks...

SO now that I am inspired by this sock bun technique to try a few Leia hairstyles, as well as invent a few Star-Wars universe (not the travesty that is Ep I-III) plausible styles that I think people like Shada D'ukal would have worn.
This is going to be fun.

Coming Soon, tutorials on....

1. Leia classic (2 buns) (Ep IV)
2. Leia ceremonial (Ep IV)
3. Leia at Bespin (with one sock bun) (Ep V)
4. Leia's crown braid (Already done, tutorial coming) (Ep V)

About Shada D'ukal's hair, all we know from  Zahn[i.e. the only canonical Star Wars writer in Hannah's Star Wars Canon) (and if there's a comic book out there with her pretense of her likeness, forget it) is that Shada wore her hair with needles and braids at least 4x, irst at the Whirlpool (where she used them in battle, a few weeks later at Hajarna, with a secret comm-link needle when catching the Devoronian, and 10 yrs later at her meeting with Karoly in an "elaborate plaited hairstyle." Since its the only references to her hair at all in the Thrawn Trilogy, I think we can assume it was part of her deceptive uniform as Mazzic's bodyguard, along with the gown.
The most description we get is the first time at the Whirlpool,
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Its intricate, involves 6 needles and evidently uses no pins or extras, as when she pulls them out to use them, her hair falls down in a bunch of braids.

Ornate Whirlpool/Meeting Karoly Hairstyle
-All hair braided in lots of braids
-6 needles, all hair up somehow
-needles can be whipped out pretty quickly
-very ornate

Perhaps she has levels of fanciness, catching the Devoronian, it may have been a single stick in a much more practical bun. Or something half-fancy but not as crazy formal as the other ones (worn with ball gowns)

Then in the Hand of Thrawn books, where she's being Karrde's bodyguard, it never mentions her needles as weapons. In fact, she has to resort to using coffee mugs etc. as stun weapons (which she's good at...). If she has the needles she would have used them. Which suggests, as Karrde's quasi-bodyguard, where she didn't have to pose as a decoration (with the exception of when then met Bombassa) that she spent considerably less time on her hair.
She wore practical clothing on that trip, jumpsuit and a robe/tunic type of practical clothing. She would still have all that hair, having just left Mazzic's service. I'm guessing she wore it either in a practical braid(s) or bun, as she is a real warrior. You need to keep your hair out of your face somehow. I keep thinking if she had a bun, buns are held by needles, and she would have used the needles, so it would probably be a braid of some kind, given her proficiency at braiding for 10 yrs, I think that's the most likely.

I think I shall make some fan art, and then do the hair and tutorials to go along with it :)

5. Shada D'ukal half-up + braid, 2 ways
6. Shada D'ukal's Whirlpool hairstyle....triple bun variations....
7. Shada D'ukal's Practical hair (I think a low parted french... maybe?)


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