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Oh the glories of The Mane. Happy (Hairy) Thorin Thursday!

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Yes, you ARE!

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Oh, those flowing “romantic” locks.

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Toss those locks, Thorin! Toss ’em!

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Glamour Dwarf . . .

 

 

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Looking good and ready for a fight–hair and all!

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Amen.

 

 

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who thinks Thorin would make a great model for a shampoo commercial? *raises hand*

More Fun with Country Canines, Signs of Spring, and some Blonde Chick

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Trying to decide if I should ditch the bangs. Wore it like this Saturday and no one screamed in horror. No one recognised me either, come to think of it. Still trying to decide what to do re color. Interested in your opinions. Just want to change up things a bit, I reckon.¬† Maybe I am having a mid-life crisis . .. ūüėČ

Thorin Thursday: He’s Got the Look

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I love Thorin’s look from the top of his¬†marvelous flowing¬†mane¬†to the tips of his bodacious boots. He looks every inch the regal king, the proud warrior and boy, is he HOT.

And in honor of Jane G, who may be this video’s number one fan, I include this celebration of Thorin’s marvelous mane–’cause, Hallelujah, I adore it!

The Hair & I; or why Thorin’s mane fascinates me

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Let me say first of all that I love everything about Thorin’s look. That blue coat with the big pimpin’ fur collar. The boots and those leather arm guards. The jewelry. The big shiny sword.

But what I love most of all is that hair. That awesome mane of flowing hair, complete with a becoming widow’s peak.  And those little braids that I find so fetching and imagine plaiting and unplaiting.  As Thorin ages, the silver streaks appear, making him all the more distinguished. Yes, I am fascinated by that hair.  I want to play with it, brush it, wash it, stroke it, wind it around my finger.  That hair is sexy, sensuous.

Thorin could star in a haircare commercial, methinks.

When I was younger, hair played an important part in my life, because I had so bloody much of it. As a  young child, I had to be careful when I sat down or I would actually sit on the ends of it, which did my neck no good, I assure you (Mama cut it a bit shorter after that). My hair was not only long, it was very thick. I wore it up in ponytails, in those loose Marcia Brady pigtails or in a pair of braids that were always meticulously plaited by my dear mom on those early mornings before school.

Angie sporting her pigtails.

                                                                                                      Me and my tresses, age 5 or 6.

My hair was work for her; we had no shower at the time, only a tub. And so every Saturday I would stretch out on the kitchen counter and Mama would lather, rinse and repeat and end with a cream rinse to make it soft and silky.

Sometimes she rolled my hair on those fat pink sponge rollers and I slept–or tried to sleep with those hard plastic frames digging into my skull–in them.

The next morning I had Mary Pickford curls for church, and the preacher would always give one a playful tug.

People were fascinated with my hair, I discovered. Kids on the bus used to bicker over which of them would get to brush my hair for me. And I loved having it brushed. It was a lovely experience, soothing and, although I did not know the word at the time, sensual.

During this year away from work I’ve let my hair grow. Oh, no fears it will get down to my waist again. As the saying goes around here, that would be “too much sugar for a dime.” But it is just past my shoulders now. Althought it’s thinned out a bit with age, there is still a lot of it. This summer I have had to resort to ponytails and various hair accessories to get it off my neck.

I find myself wrapping strands of the ponytail around my finger. I enjoy the feel of it against my bare skin when I undress and I let my hair loose to cascade down.  I think of Thorin’s hair. And I sigh and smile.

No doubt Richard is glad to be free of that mane. It had to be hot and uncomfortable at times and tend to get in the way during some of the action sequences.  Sometimes he had to resort to a ponytail of his own while on breaks. But boy, does Thorin’s mane ever look good. I can’t wait to see it in all its glory on the big screen.  Think of the opportunities for hair acting!

P.S. I really like that beard, too.  But I have never personally possessed one of those.

Great Moments in Hair Acting

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Just when Richard was hoping to rid himself of the “medieval mullet,” what¬†did TPTB¬†do? They gave Sir Guy even more hair courtesy of extensions. But we all know Our Richard is not one to back down from a challenge. And so his brand new mane was incorporated into the story arc for¬†the troubled Sir Guy in S3.¬†¬†

From the wild-eyed, boozy, half-mad, near-suicidal¬†mess of early S3, to the sleek and newly confident Sir (Glamour)¬†Guy post his visit to PJ’s Red Door Salon and Spa, Richard worked that hair,¬†baby.¬†Whether as a tangled, greasy curtain to hide Guy’s shame and self-loathing, or a lustrous mane to be tossed back in a fit of anger or¬†flicked back with great disdain like¬†some¬†proud, defiant stallion, I cannot imagine S3 Guy without that mane. And all that excellent hair acting by Richard.

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Ta-DA!!

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“Hi there!” *grumble grumble grumble*

And here’s a reprise of the poem I wrote a while back celebrating Sir Guy’s hair and more pretty piccies of Guy and his gorgeous mane.

Sir Guy: The Rightful Hair

 

A lighthearted little homage to Sir Guy’s tresses . . .

 

Sir Guy, dear Guy, I love your hair;

Sometimes it seems to be unfair

For the villain of the piece to be so blessed

While the hero is rather‚ÄĒscantily–tressed.

 

Oh, some may jest at your mullet medieval

with its cluster of lush raven curls;

Or at your floppy Guy locks

their derisive, dismissive howls, hurl . . .

 

But surely none can deny the power of the Angsty Guy Mane

Those long, unkempt jetty locks, so wild and untamed,

Never have lank and greasy been quite so‚ÄĒfetching,

And the glory of Glamour Guy‚ÄĒaah, makes our hearts sing!

 

Oh, yes, you work it, that amazing mane,

First as a curtain to hide your deep shame,

Then as an arrogant, proud dark stallion stamping its feet;

Is it any wonder watching you, I always feel such‚ÄĒheat?

 

And meanwhile, your nemesis, what of he?

His receding hairline, we now clearly see.

Sweaty combat reveals his balding pate,

Makes us understand why you he hates.

 

For you have the hair, the teeth, the physique;

‚ÄúBut I am the HERO!‚ÄĚ he cries in a fit of pique–

And clutched his locks in full-blown despair,

Oops‚ÄĒwatch out! More comb-over needed there.

Wet, Tousled Armitage

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I have always loved these 2007 photos by Chris Floyd. I can truly say I find¬†Richard Armitage¬†gorgeous pretty much no matter what he does with his hair or his beard¬† or stubble or lack thereof.¬† But there’s something about the longish hair, wet and disheveled, that “bed-head” look, that “just stepped out of the shower and toweled my head a bit”¬†I find really appealing.¬† Also those magnificent, luminous¬†eyes shining through those damp tousled locks . . . and the lips parted ever so slightly, or curved into a slight and enigmatic smile.¬† The sexy, sexy man of mystery.¬† And great fun to play with . . . in terms of photo editing, of course. (Oh, love the white shirt, too.)

What a difference a “do” makes

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In¬†playing with images of¬†Richard Armitage¬†and his characters in various guises,¬†I ran across this Harry Potter template. We’ve seen him¬†as Potter, well, now here’s RA as Ron Weasley¬†(Rupert Grint).¬† Sort of looks like a strawberry blonde Owen Wilson, doesn’t he? ūüėȬ† Yeah, I prefer Richard with his natural color, although he did pull off the dark blonde “Sean Bean” locks in the Warrior Prince fanart, methinks. It does show the difference a change in style or color can make in a person’s appearance . . .

Wake-Up Wednesday with this beautiful man

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Or go to bed with him. Well, YOU know what I mean. I am sure you¬† also all know by now, I love Sir Guy and I especially love Sir Guy’s look for Series 3.¬† While I adore the leather from the earlier seasons, something about the combination of the hair extensions and the new costume really won me over. We had¬†that wonderful Floppy Black Pirate Shirt, the snug-fitting¬†Marvel of Engineering Trousers with the fetching¬†laces in contrasting colors, his designer jacket with all its tempting buckles and the way it emphasized the breadth of his shoulders, his slender waist¬†and¬†curved so nicely over his posterior, those leather forearm guards and finally, a pair of boots that actually seemed to fit him properly, complete with jangly spurs.

Richard¬† took Sir Guy to a whole new level in S3 and he looked great doing it, whether drunk,¬†dirty and greasy or in pristine, princely shape. And that hair–what a hair actor he is.¬†¬†Instead of shaving off the medieval mullet, they¬†gave him that mane and he took it and ran with it!¬† I couldn’t help but wonder after I saw him with the long hair back in the day if he had ever employed any of those techniques in Real Life–or if he mostly opted for a pony tail as he does in the Cats rehearsal . . .

Curly Armitage?

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We all know Richard wore a wig in his role as Monet in The Impressionists. (And he still managed to be gorgeous. Said wig did not diminish those eyes or that smile.)

But there has been some discussion about his disheveled curls as John Standring in Sparkhouse. A wig? A perm? Or Richard Armitage‘s natural hair texture? Let’s take a look.

Sweetie John with his shaggy sheepdog hair. The extra length could be enough to unleash the natural tendency to curl.

Looking at some of his earlier photos, it looks as if his hair definitely had curl in it. Hair product could also enhance that.

Richard at 22. There appears to be a lot of wave in his shoulder-length locks from his Cats days.

Another early publicity still. Looks like curls to me.

Lovin' the little corkscrew curl falling over his forehead. Again, it appears a little extra length means more curls in Mr. A's hair. Or did he get a perm?

RA in rehearsal for "The Four Alice Bakers." Looks as if his hair has tendency to wave/curl here.

Speaking from my own personal experience with my¬† hair and that of my husband, the shorter it is, the straighter. Give it a little length and the natural wave really¬†starts to appear. Add in hair product and/or heat and humidity and the curlier it tends to get. When my husband kept his hair short as required by the military, it looked pretty straight a la Porter. A couple of weeks ago before he got it cut, hubby’s hair was out-curling Sweetie John’s.¬† In fact, he suggested he might start putting it up in curlers for the fun of it. ūüėČ

Here as Sir Guy in "Robin Hood" we see Guy sporting nape curls. It's the same look we see on John Mulligan.

Richard Armitage at the 2010 Television BAFTAs.

Richard Armitage at the 2010 Television BAFTAs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this shot taken a couple of years ago with short hair that is still long enough to provide a bit of floppy fringe, it looks pretty straight. However, sometimes hair does not curl an equal amount all over the head. My hair tends to be straightish¬†on top and curlier at temples and the nape of my neck. The same might be true of Richard’s hair, which also looks rather fine-textured.

I am thinking that is Richard’s real hair as Sweetie John. It appears to be¬†his natural reddish-brown–and it doesn’t look “wiggy” as his Monet and “Shaggy Porte”r ‘dos did. One thing is for sure, the man is a chameleon with his hair, too.

So what’s your opinion?