H is for 1940’s Hairstyles

April 8, 2015

For the A to Z blogging challenge I’ve decided to blog about the 1940′s. And in the spirit of the 1940′s, at the end of the month, I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of one of my favorite books, Summer at Tiffany, to one of my newsletter subscribers (sign-up on the sidebar if you are so inclined.) It’s a light-hearted memoir of two college girls let loose in New York City for a summer. What a hoot.
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Whether it was the Liberty Cut, Victory Rolls, or a pin-back updo, women were encouraged to use hairstyles that lasted, just like their clothes. “Mend and Make Do” was the battle cry, and when it came to hairstyles, that was a style that could last for three months between haircuts. And with the war time fashions being so plain, a fancy hair-do helped up the glam of every-day.

I have no idea how they were able to pull off these styles without hairspray (which did not come into full use until the 1950’s, even though the aerosol can was invented during the war). Here are some modern tutorials to get you started with your own vintage hairstyle:

6 responses to H is for 1940’s Hairstyles

  1. Neat video! Thanks for posting it, Shonna!

  2. Fascinating. I love those hairstyles – but can’t be bothered with my own hair, just have it cut very short! Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

  3. Thanks Shona. I love this period for the clothes, films and yes, hairdos! I’ll give this one a try.