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The 1920s and 1940s were actually polar opposites of each other -- in one decade, hair suddenly became shorter, while in the other, women grew their hair longer. The 1920s saw a dramatic change in women's hair, as women emulated the famous ballroom d

Hairstyles of the 1920s & 1940s

The 1920s and 1940s were actually polar opposites of each other -- in one decade, hair suddenly became shorter, while in the other, women grew their hair longer. The 1920s saw a dramatic change in women's hair, as women emulated the famous ballroom dancer, Irene Castle, who cut her hair short for convenience and sparked a trend. The 1940s were a time of clothing rations, and women had to "make do and mend," so their attention turned to their hair.

Bob

In the decades leading up to the 1920s, women's hair was usually long, and generally put in updos similar to the famous Gibson Girl. In this decade, women wanted freedom and independence, and cut their locks for styling ease. The now ubiquitous bob was born. Hair was blunt cut to approximately chin length, and usually styled in waves, and kept close to the head. The waves were called finger curls, and were achieved using the fingers and styling lotion to form waves in the hair, which was allowed to dry in this manner. Headbands or hair accessories were common, especially among the flapper girls, who were style setters.

Shingle and Eaton Crop

As hairdressers became more comfortable cutting the bob, they developed new variations of the popular haircut. In the shingle bob, the hairdresser cut a V-shaped wedge at the nape of the neck. In the late 1920s, women started wearing a more daring hairstyle -- the Eaton crop. The hair was cut in layers to make it stay close to the head, and slicked down with a greasy hairdressing cream called Brylcreem, which made the hair appear shiny. The entertainer Josephine Baker popularised this style.

Soft Styles

In the 1940s, women grew their hair out into softer, fuller, curlier styles. It usually came to the shoulders, and often was pulled back from the face. Since fashion was stagnant during World War II, due to material shortages and rationing, women paid more attention to the style of their hair. They often went to great lengths to be sure it was stylish and attractive. Most women would set their hair in pin curls before going to bed at night. After the pins were removed in the morning, they would brush out their hair into soft curls. Pretty barrettes would keep their hair from falling into their faces.

Victory Rolls

Victory rolls, or victory curls, were very prominent in the second half of the '40s, after the allies won WWII. The victory rolls symbolised victory. Women would take the hair at the hairline in the front of the head, and instead of pinning it back with hair clips or barrettes as they did before, they formed it into rolls. The rolls could vary in size, some becoming very large and dramatic. Women would set their hair in pin curls as before, but then would take the hair in the front and roll it around their fingers, then pin it in place with hair clips. This look lasted for several years and is now associated with this time in history.

Hairstyles of the 1920s & 1940s

Hairstyles of the 1920s & 1940s

Category:StyleRelease time:2012-06-08Views:130

The 1920s and 1940s were actually polar opposites of each other -- in one decade, hair suddenly became shorter, while in the other, women grew their hair longer. The 1920s saw a dramatic change in women's hair, as women emulated the famous ballroom d[More]

Women's Hairstyles in the 1920s

Women's Hairstyles in the 1920s

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There have been many trends in hairstyles, but the Bob of the 1920s went beyond a mere fashion statement. It represented the new, and often controversial, attitudes and actions of the younger generation, especially younger women. Although there were[More]

Men's Costumes of the 1920s & 1940s

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How to Create Women's Hairstyles From the 1920s

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How to Do Hairstyles From the 1940s

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It's easier to create hairstyles from the 1940s now than it was in the 1940s. Women of that decade took great pride in their hair, and washed their hair at night, put in rollers or pin curls and slept in them so the curls would set overnight. They co[More]

How to Do Hairstyles of the 1940s

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Wedding Hairstyles From the 1940s

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There are many reasons why a bride would choose a 1940s hairstyle for her wedding. They are elegant, simple, stunning and always seem to be in style. Many hairstyles in the 1940s were inspired by popular movie stars of the time. 1940s hairstyles have[More]

Hairstyles From the Mid 40s

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Women's Fashions of the 1930s & 1940s

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How to Make Finger Curls Like in the 1920s

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The 1920s eluded glamour and elegance in both fashion and hairstyles. The famous '20s hairstyle, the finger curls, or often called finger waves, were not exception to the glamorous look. The hairstyle works well with naturally wavy hair; however, cur[More]

Hollywood Hairstyles of the 50s

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Signature Hollywood hairstyles in the 1950s could make or break a starlet's look, according to the book "Stage and Screen Hairstyles" by Kit Spencer. Film stars, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, epitomised the fashionable 1950s woman, and[More]

How to create hairstyles from the 30s

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Men's Hair in the 1920s

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The women of the 1920s made a lasting impact on American society, completely transforming the American woman and fashion itself. The sense of liberation and independence these women exhibited internally came through in their external appearance. The[More]

How to make finger waves from the 1920s.

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In the 1920s, women styled their hair without the aid of heated appliances like hot rollers and curling irons. Women were beginning to wear their hair short, and the bob was a popular hairstyle. One way women styled their bobs was in finger waves, cr[More]

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Wedding Hairstyles From the 40s

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In the 1940s, bridal attire consisted of a white suit with a hat and/or veil. At the same time, hairstyles were feminine, soft, and elegant. Waves, curls, and hair accessories were very popular, as were rolled curls, commonly known as Victory Rolls.[More]

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