here if you'd like to have a go!
Tribal Temptress. Alternatively you can buy fake flowers at garden centres (amongst other places - we've found bargains at supermarkets and pound stores!) and then, depending on the thickness of the stem, either trim them down and just poke them into your hair or stick them onto a clip to make your own creation!
here. There are also lots of tips for making hair sticks and other lovelies both here and on her website!
'All this is very well', I hear some of you cry, 'but I haven't got enough hair to do that!'. Fear not, I understand completely! Both Sarah and I had our hair cut short (and I mean too short to scrape into a ponytail folks!) earlier this year and we had to do a big performance hair rethink. And so - the tribal hairband! Basically you take a hair band - either thick or thin - and decorate it adding flowers and so on to your heart's content, and then just - well, wear it! Simples!!!! In thsi photo we've used that method. Sarah has a feather and jewel decoration, attached to a thin band (which she covered with satin ribbon) whilst I'm wearing a thicker headband, decorated with ethnic braid and then with flowers, feathers and hairsticks added. Yes folks, everything you see there is attached to the one band - and what a revelation it was! So easy and comfortable! See the Gingerbread Bunny's Folksy shop link below if you're not feeling crafty enough to make your own - she has a couple of these for sale!
THE GINGERBREAD BUNNY : Once again you can buy flower and feather decorations from various sources, including Sarah's Gingerbread Bunny store - get in touch with her and link to her Folksy shop via her Facebook page here. This is one of her feathery creations in cerise and black and I just LOVE it! I am resisting with some difficulty!!! Below it is another of her creations - a custom order in red, black and white, currently being sported by Kate of 400 Roses! Check out the Gingerbread Bunny Folksy shop here for gorgeous items to purchase - alternatively get in touch with Sarah for a custom order! Oh, and if any of you in the UK are going to the Tribal Twisterhood's Sleepover Weekend in November - check it out here - Sarah is actually running a workshop on how to make these beauties (and yes, you will come away with one all of your very own!). And the Bunny doesn't just do hair decorations - check out her crocheted zill muffs and wristlets as well as tribal head bands, hand made journals and lots of other crafty stuff!
VAUNTVILLE : If you're into an elaborate, vintage look then you need to take a look at the creations of our friend Brandy from Portland, Oregon; we were honoured to dance with her last summer and she really is a lady of many talents! Her Facebook page here has lots of her fabulous creations for your delectation.
She makes all manner of luscious feathered and bejewelled lovelies which would work beautifully with fusion costuming - or indeed for any special occasion. Gorgeous!!! Take a look at her Etsy shop here for more examples of her work.
DEADLY DESIRES : And finally, now for something for those of you who like to dance on the darker side of life! Deadly Desires is the brainchild of another of our dancing friends Paula, from Yorkshire. Yes, the bejewelled skull you see adorning the fabulous headdress on the right is REAL. It was made for dark fusion dancer Bex, who featured in our Video of the Week a couple of months ago.
This photo is of one of her very recent creations - a blackbird's wing fascinator (and yes, once again the wing is real!). I would hasten to add here that Paula only takes materials from animals that have died naturally or in road accidents. She says of her work : '
Well, there you go .... that's about it for now. I do confess I could have gone on for PAGES with this post - there are so many beautiful photos out there and I'm really conscious I have had to miss some looks out - kuchi headpieces for example. But I need to stop somewhere I suppose! If you're on tribe.net then you'll find ideas in the photos of many tribes on there, including Tribal Bellydance and Make Up and Hair for dancers. When looking for the first photo in the post I did a search for images of tribal headdresses, expecting lots of photos of Ouled Nail, Bedouin headwear and so on. Well, I got a few of those - but mostly I got loads of photos of tribal BELLYDANCE hair! I could have spent hours looking!!!
Hopefully you'll be feeling all inspired now! Until next time, happy dancing!
Thank you to Brandy Grey (Vauntville), Cyndi Cyreigna, Paula Bavill (Deadly Desires) and The Gingerbread Bunny (Sarah Jones) for use of images in this post