As many retro styles are becoming more and more popular, 1940’s hairstyles are being used more for children. The beauty of forties hairstyles is in their sleekness; hair was often pulled away from the face so that the face was framed instead of covered. The hair gave an aura of natural perfection. Because many men were in the military and many women were working in factories, these hairstyles needed to be useful and attractive. Giving your child a 1940’s hairstyle will be easy and fun.

Side Part

A popular 1940’s hairstyle for boys was the side part. To achieve a side part, spray a tiny bit of light-hold hairspray onto a comb and comb it through the boy’s hair while it is still wet. Pull all of the hair forward with the side of the comb that has wide teeth; this will create guidelines to use for the part. Part the hair above the highest point of the eyebrow arch. Comb all of the hair on one side of the part one direction toward the ear and all of the hair on the other side in the other direction toward the opposite ear. Now, using the comb, pull both sides of the front of the hairline toward the ears as well—this will keep hair out off of the face. Using a medium-hold hairspray, lightly mist the hair to set the hairstyle. A variation involves using the comb to pull back the sides of the hair.

Neck Curls

A very popular style for girls was to curl the hair from the ear to the ends, so that the hair would be straight on top and curly around the sides. To achieve this, dry the hair so that the hair is slightly damp. Part the hair in the same way that the hair is parted for the boys’ side part, then pin the hair down to the head near the crown of the head. Using hairspray, curl the hair below the pins using a large curling iron. These curls should be large barrel curls, with the ends more curly than the top of the curl. To achieve this look start wrapping the iron from the tip of the hair, starting tightly and getting looser with each rotation around the iron. After no more than ten seconds of applying the iron, loosen the grip on the iron and pull it from the hair.

Headbands and Bows

Many girls’ hairstyles incorporated the headband or the bow. Instead of plastic headbands that are in use today, headbands in the forties were mainly ribbon. To tie a headband, start with a two-inch thick piece of ribbon; pull this from the back of the neck to just forward of the crown of the head, so that all of the hair is exposed and not held down by the ribbon. Then tie the ribbon on the top of the head, and turn the headband so that the bow is underneath the hair and not exposed. Hair bows were often placed between the ears and the crown of the head, and they were used to lift curls away from girls’ ears.