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  • Writer's pictureHeather Pepe

POPULAR HAiR STYLES of the 20’s & 30’s

🖤FINGER WAViNG is the shaping/moulding of hair while wet into "s"-shaped curved undulations with the fingers & comb. These waves, when dried without being disturbed, will fall into deep waves. Ideal for naturally curly or permanently waved hair, but it is equally successful on straight hair #Silverscreen actresses such as #BetteDavis and #AnitaPage are credited with the popularity of finger waves.

🖤THE BOB of the 1920s actually got its start in 1915 when famous ballroom dancer, #IreneCastle cut her hair short just before having surgery for appendicitis. She thought that it would be easier to wash & comb her hair during her convalescence if it was shorter. Castle had a reputation for being a style icon &trendsetter, so cutting her hair was not a decision she took lightly. Once she fully recovered from her illness & surgery she was ready to hit the dance floor again, but not ready to debut her bobbed tresses. She wore a turban to hide her hair but was persuaded to join friends out for dinner with her hair uncovered. The public went wild for the daring new hairstyle. It became known as the "Castle Bob".

Many hairstylist refused to be party to the shocking hair rebellion & turned away young women looking for the trendy cut. Hairstylists who were willing to cut a woman’s hair so drastically found that they were ill-equipped to cut & style women’s hair into the modern bob. They had only even trimmed long hair with shears. The women visited barber shops, instead, because they barbers were more willing to chop off their hair & had an assortment of fine scissors & clippers.

🖤THE SHiNGLE a #DutchBoy haircut which frames the head & discreetly covers the ears, paired with sideburns. Named after silver screen #vamp #AileenPringle

🖤THE ETON CROP is a very short, severe, slicked-down crop hairstyle for women, emphasizing the shape of the head while focusing interest on the face. It became popular during the 1920's because it showcased the shape of #clochehats . #JosephineBaker among others helped to popularize the style. The name derives from its similarity to a hairstyle allegedly popular with schoolboys at ETON College in England.

🖤MARCELLiNG is a #HairStyling technique in which hot curling tongs are used to induce a curl into the hair. Its appearance was similar to that of a #fingerwave .

Marcelled hair was a popular style for women's hair in the 1920s often in conjunction with a #Bob haircut, those women who had longer hair, it was common to tie the hair at the nape of the neck and pin it above the ear with a stylish hair pin or flower”

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