In the 1920s, women’s hairstyles evolved from the longer, coiffed hair of the turn of the century into short, flapper styles. According to History Matters, the new woman of the ’20s rejected the older generation and embraced female freedom. Hairstyles reflected this new attitude, evident in the iconic bob hairstyle. These hairstyles are still popular today and have influenced the style of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera. You can easily recreate the ’20s look for a party, wedding or just for fun.
The bob characterizes 1920s flapper style, made popular by starlets such as Louise Brooks. The bob haircut is blunt, level with the ears and worn either with or without bangs. You can easily recreate this look if you have short hair or are looking for a new haircut to try out. If you have short hair, use a straight iron to curl your ends under, giving you a sleek, shiny look. Or you can add waves by taking half-inch sections of your hair and curling it with a smaller barrel curling iron. Accessorize your bob with a jeweled headband, worn across the forehead.
Side-Part Finger Waves
Tight curls and waves were popular during the ’20s and can be recreated today regardless of your hair length or texture. Rather than loose, beachy hair, women of the ’20s preferred sleek, tight curls to create interest and volume. To try out this look, apply a quarter-sized amount of mousse throughout your hair. Make a deep side part in your hair to create drama. Take a half-inch curling iron and begin curling your hair in one-inch or smaller sections. Spritz with hairspray to set the style. If your hair is long, gather your hair into a low chignon and secure with bobby pins and a jeweled accessory.
Headbands and Accessories
Wearing the right accessories is key to pulling off the 1920s hairstyle. Sequined, feathered or jeweled headbands, worn low and across the forehead, were popular. Simply add a bandeau-style headband or tuck a jeweled pin to one side of your hair to polish your 1920s style. Top it off with red lipstick and dangling earrings.
Blunt and Side Bangs
Bangs during the 1920s were increasingly popular. Seen with the Cleopatra-inspired bob hairstyle, bangs varied from blunt to side-waved. Artistic blunt bangs best fit an oval or long face, whereas side bangs complement any face shape. If you have side bangs, create a swooping wave outward with a straight iron and use a dollop of pomade to secure the bangs in place.
References and ResourcesHair Archive: 1920s
1920s Hair Decoration
History Matters: The New Woman of the 1920s, Debating Bobbed-Hair