Cate is something of a renaissance sex worker and has held numerous interesting jobs in the adult industry. Each week, she shares her stories in Harlotry. In the “Prostitorials” series, she will be offering her tips and tricks pros like her use to stay gorgeous before, during and after the fun stuff.
Beauty is a hugely important part of sex work. While a pretty face and bangin’ body hardly guarantee success, it certainly helps your business to be easy on the eyes. Natural beauty only gets you so far, of course. I’m no troll, but if I were to show up for bookings with ratty hair and no makeup, I’m sure my clients wouldn’t be too pleased.
The thing that makes sex worker beauty somewhat different than normal beauty is that, especially in escorting, we need hair and makeup that will hold up to the labor we do–namely sex. I’ve done both high volume, low rate and low volume, high rate work, and the perils of sex hair are real. Fortunately, being an ingenious young lady, I’ve come up with two hairstyles that lend themselves very well to my work, and I’m going to share them with you guys. You also get to see my real face, which is a bonus for those of you who have been wondering what I look like. Since I like to pretend I’m a time traveler from midcentury America and my main selling point is that I’m a pervy pinup, both of these hairstyles are, while not really proper vintage hair, certainly vintage-inspired. Neither hairstyle is very complicated, the one thing that makes each style especial is its sturdiness. These are the titanium reinforced versions of pretty average hairstyles.
This week I’m showing you how to do a low-volume, high rate hairstyle. This is what I would do to my hair when I would see the kind of client who spends big money, with a relatively small amount of sex. It looks soft and touchable, but can hold up to all but the hardest fucking.
Start with your regular hair, parted on the side. This is actually the leftovers of an earlier set that I’ve combed out, and my hair does not wave this perfectly in real life, but it doesn’t really matter much.
Curl your hair in some way. I personally prefer wet sets, since they’re sturdier and my hair does not really respond to heat, so I’m going to be doing a little foam roller tutorial here too.
Foam rollers are actually very easy. Use damp hair or dampen your hair with setting lotion (I am a die-hard fan of Lottabody, but different strokes) and separate little sections of hair like this.
Then wrap them around rollers of your choice like this.
Since I have been growing out bangs for the past year and a half, I have a chunk of hair in the front of my head that is shorter than everything else. I usually pin curl that, since it doesn’t like rollers.
Once your hair is in rollers, you can pretend to be a pin up, shocked that you were caught with ugly pink sponges on your head.
Quickly tie your hair up in a scarf, because seriously, rollers are gross, (also the scarf keeps them in place) and pose like Rosie.
Go to sleep. Sleep all night. Sweet dreams!
Wake up and greet the day! Drink some coffee, you deserve it. Then take out the rollers.
Brush your hair with a round brush. You should have soft, pretty waves. Got it? Good! You’re ready to start!
Take a little section of hair at the front of your hairline from the side your part is on. This section should be wider than it is thick, and should go from about your temple to the top of your ear. Pull that section tightly up and back, like this.
Secure that shit with as many bobby pins as you can hide in your hair. I’m personally a huge fan of bobby pins specifically made for thin, fine hair. Those little guys latch on and do not let go. Adjust the loose part of the section to fall naturally. Boom! One side is finished. Observe how, as I pretend to give a blowjob, my hair is sufficiently far away from my mouth that it won’t get gross, yet it doesn’t LOOK pinned to death.
Now you’re ready to do the other side. If you have weird half-grown-out bangs like I do, you’ll need to pin those on top of the pinned-back front section, but otherwise the process is the same.
Once you have everything in the front of your hair pinned back, pull a little piece of hair from the side of your hair forward and pin that down, too.
You’re almost ready for work!
Grab your strongest hairspray.
Personally, I like Aussie Instant Freeze as it is the finest hairspray in all the land, but like I said earlier, different stuff works for different people. If you’re just doing ho hair for a romantic night in, maybe you don’t need such crazy hold.
Now, SPRAY THE SHIT OUT OF YOUR HAIR. Make sure you get every single part of it.
Go have good sex, or whatever you need indestructible hair for!