Roaring 20s Hair Styles

By Tabitha Harwell

Turn up the jazz and dance you way into the roaring 20s by recreating the famous hairdos of the decade. Born in the wake of World War I and just before the Great Depression of 1929, the roaring 20s gave women the chance to break standard traditions, and make their own rules. Hairstyles were no exception to rule breaking, which makes this decade a trendy asset to hairstyle inspiration.

Flapper girls of the '20s had pin curl hair.

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The Bob

Notably the most influential hairstyle of the '20s, the bob was short, sweet and trendy among women. During the '20s, women rebelled against tradition. After the war, women looked for change in their appearance and hairstyles. The standard bob was sleek, shiny and straight, and was made famous by Louise Brooks. The back of the hair was evenly cut from the bottom of one ear, straight across to the other. Bangs hung just to the tops of the eyebrows and were also cut straight across.

The Shingle

Similar to the standard bob, the shingle was an alternative for women who wanted a different hairstyle, yet craved the look of the bob. Still trendy in today's hairstyle cuts, the shingle is angled in the back of the hair so the hair is slightly shorter as it goes upward to the crown of the head, but the sides of the hair are still long. Bangs are still cut bluntly across the top of the eyebrows. Styling the shingle hairstyle is very similar to the bob; apply a straightening serum and blow-dry hair with a diffuser until completely dry.

Eton Crop

The name of the Eton Crop came from the schoolboys at Eton School. The hairstyles were so similar that the only proper name was the Eton Crop. Cut the crop just like you would a bob, but slightly shorter and closer to the scalp. The entire cut was shorter, similar to a boy; however, women enjoy the look because it shows off their eyes and other facial features. Style the hair like you would the bob.

Pin Curls

The tightly wound curls on top of a '20s woman were typically pin curls. The curls were set tightly in the hair while it was damp. Women used end paper and double prong clips to roll their hair in 1- to 2-inch sections, and slept on it overnight. In the morning, women took the pins out and either left the curls alone or brushed through them to create waves in their hair.