It’s all about the hair this Semester!
In Media Make-up, we are now branching out and learning about other fields within the industry such as Postiche.
Postiche is the manufacture and application of false hair from Beards to head dresses.
For our first task, we need to construct and apply a realistic moustache. How fun!
To start things off, we began to learn about knotting and how to do it, at first this seems utterly impossible but if you keep at it, it becomes a breeze! And rather therapeutic.
Hair knotting for facial hair begins with a wooden block, a black piece of card, a small hammer, nails and a small piece of net.
This was just so we could practise our knotting technique, you will need a pattern of your models top lip shape and moustache style underneath the netting if you were to create a practical piece of Postiche. (Explained Later)
The first thing to do is to sellotape the black card onto the board. After this, lay the netting on top of the card and begin hammering the nails into the edges of the net so it becomes nice and tight all the way round. This bit gets noisy!
Now for the hard bit, I promise you it gets easier!
You will need a knotting hook, be careful as it is quite sharp and jagged at the end.
We received a leaflet explaining the knotting process so I will use that to describe it as it is quite hard to explain!
Hold hook in dominant hand like a pencil.
Fold around 10 hairs over at the root end, fold over around 4cm and hold tightly.
Slide hook under 1 bar of netting.
Hook the hair over the hook to catch a couple of hairs.
After catching, pull the hook back under the bar bringing the hair with it keeping a good tension.
Slide the loop of hair to the corner or curve of the hook and slide the hook forward.
Pull the hook with the hair back towards your hand, wrap the hair in your hand over the top of the needle.
Turn the hook away from you.
Pull the hair that you just wrapped through the loop you first made.
pull hair part way, tighten the knot with your left hand and pull the rest of the hair through with your right.
No, I didn’t get it either.
But you will with plenty of practise. After a few hours battling I finally got the hang of it!
There is the practise, now on to the real thing!
If you have any questions about this post, please feel free to ask anything about the relevant subject and I will get back to you as soon as possible! :)