1920s Hairstyles "The Roaring Twenties"

Right then! Let's learn about 1920s hairstyles!
Whilst researching this topic I came to realize that it's actually quite a popular topic however when you consider the size of the internet, there really isn't much written about it at all! It was almost over 100 years ago I guess!


I would like to recommend that you all click play on the youtube video and listen to some 1920's music to set the mood and show appreciation to the beauty of the 1920s after all, it wasn't as simple as just plugging in your straighteners and getting the perfect curl.

 1920s Hair Styling Tools

I'd like to start off with a little about the hairstyling tools of the 1920s that nowadays we give very little thought to. There are so many beautiful pictures of so many beautiful women from that era who all seem to have such beautifully styled hair but take a moment to think about how they actually would have styled their hair. There were no Diva Professional Hair Straighteners or Curling Wands back then. As I said earlier, we are talking almost 100 years ago! Yet, they still managed to get those incredible hairstyles. 

When Was The Hair Straightener Invented?

We've mentioned that your nice shiny Diva Professional Hair Straighteners were not around in the 1920s but that doesn't mean that there were no hair straighteners at all! The first hair straightener is believed to have been invented in 1912 by a lady called Jennifer Bell Schofield. She invented this while curly hair was all the rage yet she wanted something different! We completely understand where she's coming from! Our whole salon is based around your unique style! Although this was invented 8 years prior to The Roarin Twenties I'd imagine that these were still widely used for hairstyling.

Late 1920s Hair DryerThe 1920s Hair Dryer

Now honestly, I'm impressed. Your hair straighteners may not have really existed back then but the hairdryer certainly hasn't changed that much at all! I mean honestly, just look at it! It's very similar to the hairdryer I use myself at home. Although, that probably is from the same era, Some things you just can't part with though. 

The hairdryer has been around since the late 19th century and was invented by Alexander F. "Beau" Godefroy in his salon based in France. This was not something you could just hold in your hand to dry your client's hair with though, That came nearly twenty years later in 1920 when it finally became a handheld device and you were able to blow dry your hair at home.

Overall, looking at the picture of this late 1920s hairdryer the concept hasn't changed at all really. They still function the same, they still use a heating element and blow hot air to dry your hair. The biggest revolution in hair dryers since the 1920s has to be the Dyson hairdryer.

1920s Hotpoint Curling Wand1920s Hair Curlers

Now, we struggled to find information on hair curlers of this period, we have found that a company called Marcel had a curling iron, this was by no means up to modern standards and was not heated by electricity, this would have been heated by another source such as fire or gas. This may have actually been a little bit behind even for the 1920s. We were 10 years out of the Edwardian period by this stage and by this point there were already a lot of electrical appliances in the homes that had electricity at least. The first modern electrical hair curling tool was actually very surprising to me and was made by nonother than Hotpoint! Yes, the company that makes your washing machine! You'll notice that the fitting on this may look slightly familiar, that's because it's a light socket fitting. This was common for many electrical appliances of this period and the Edwardian period. 

1920s Hairstyles

Right, now we've got the hot tool appreciation out of the way, let's move onto some actual hairstyles that were popular through this incredibly beautiful period that is the 1920s! 

We'll start off with a hairstyle that is still popular today although we usually see it with a little more length this is down to personal preference. 

Louise Brooks 1920s Bob

The 1920s Bob Haircut

The Shingle Cut (The Bob) This was a short hairstyle to have indeed that was worn by celebrities of the time such as Louise Brooks, Anna May Wong, Colleen Moore and Jean Arthur! 

The Bob is a short hairstyle that has a tapered back.

When the bob cut first started making appearances it really caused quite the commotion as it was believed in the Victorian era that a woman hair was "her crowning glory" in fact, the commotion that it did cause ended up rather unfortunate for some people, The jobs that women had really only just started getting after world war 1 were starting to fire them! Particularly for women who worked in the public eye such as teaching, retail, and office work some schools even banned the hairstyle! It wasn't really until the mid-1920's that people started to more widely accept women having shorter hair with even some of the older generations embracing shorter hair for the benefits of making their hairstyling routines much easier by taking away all the backcombing, hair pinning, curling etc... 

Marlene Dietrich 1920s Finger Waves

The 1920s Finger and Marcel Waves

When you think about the 1920s or even if you've seen the Will.I.Am music video Bang Bang, you're thinking of the Charleston, this dance was invented in 1923 and those women in the short skirts with bobbed hair who danced the night away were called Flappers. Flappers really made finger waves one of the iconic and undoubtedly one of the most memorable looks of the 1920s that we'd love to see make a come back one day! 

Finger waves were pulled off by celebrities of the time such as Marlene Dietrich who was a German-American actress who starred in silent films and on-stage performances. She was continuously re-inventing herself and pulling off all of the latest styles of the time.

Coco Chanel 1920s Cropped Curls1920s Cropped Curls

One of the most notable names on this list that many of you may know is the name Coco Chanel, She was one of many celebrities who pulled off cropped curls incredibly well. Cropped curls were incredibly popular, Cropped curls came across as incredibly feminine yet most of these women with short hair in the early 1920s were actually getting their hair cut in barbershops! Barbers did extremely well from this extreme change in fashion

 

 

 

 

 

1920s Eton Crop Bob

1920s Eton Crop Bob

1920s Straight Bob

1920s Straight Bob

1920s Cootie Garage Braids

1920s Cootie Garage Braids

1920s Wavy Bob

1920s Wavy Bob

1920 Curled Bob

1920 Curled Bob

1920s Bob With Bangs

1920s Bob With Bangs

1920s Brushed Forward Bob

1920s Brushed Forward Bob

1920s Soft Bob

1920s Soft Bob

1920s Full Curl

1920s Full Curl

1920s Soft Curl Bob

1920s Soft Curl Bob

1920s Clara Bow Curly Bob

1920s Clara Bow Curly Bob

1920s Rolled Under Bob

1920s Rolled Under Bob

     

 

For more 1920s vintage hairstyles you can always check out the wonderful Vintage Dancer website who has a tonne of information on vintage hairstyles!