The 1920s was a time of change for the way women wore their hair. Women were beginning to feel a sense of independence and even rebellion during that period. The traditional long hair was left behind for short hairstyles. These hairstyles still influence many of the short hairstyles women wear today.

The Bob

Irene Castle, a famous ballroom dancer with her husband Vernon, became a symbol for the youth in the 1920s. Her s hairstyle, the “Castle Bob,” popularized the bob cut among the youth. This was considered rebellious compared with the values of that time.

Eton Crop

The Eton crop was even more extreme than the bob. Hair was cut very short, and cream was used to make it appear slick and greasy.

Cloche Hat

Cloche hats were typically worn by women with short hair. The hair had to be short to get the close-fitting hat over the head. The cloche was thrown to the wayside by the late 1920s as women became more brave about showing off their hair.

Marcel Waves

Waves such as the Marcel waves and the finger waves were used to add extra style to bob-hair cuts. The Marcel wave was designed by Francois Marcel in 19th century France. It became popular in the 1920s when electric wave irons were designed to regulate temperature.


Shingling was a technique used with bob-hair cuts. The back was shaped by cutting the nape close and gradually increasing the length as it was cut higher.