We are living through the Roaring Twenties all over again, so what better time to bring back the style of the 1920s? One hallmark of the time, beyond the flapper dresses, was, of course, the distinctive hairstyles. The 1920s represented a turning point in history for women and their hair. “The New Woman” as she was called, cut her hair into a short bob inspired by popular actresses of the time such as Louise Brooks and Colleen Moore. Interestedly enough, some women reportedly went to barber shops to get their hair cut short since female salons were used to styling and curling long hair.
We will take you through some of the most popular 1920s hairstyles for short, medium, and long hair.
1920s Short Hair
The Eton crop
This was the most extreme of the new shorter hairstyles of the time. It was called the Eton crop because it resembled how Eton schoolboys wore their hair – slightly longer than was fashionable for men at the time.
The Eton crop involved cutting the hair above the ears and sometimes even shaving it at the back, but with some free curls or waves at the front and sides to make it more feminine.
The bob cut
Bob cuts were a huge deal in the 1920s. Women who got bobs were symbolically throwing away the old ideas of femininity that were tied to long, flowing hair. Bobs were a statement, and they told the world about exactly what sort of modern woman you were.
Bobs were either worn straight and sleek or wavy/curly. Women often wore bangs with them, either straight across or heart-shaped. Some women wore strip curls, which were sections of hair that were tightly curled and held stiffly in place against the side of the face with gel.
The bobs’ lengths varied from so short that the ends of the hair scraped the cheekbones to jaw-length.
When you picture classic 1920s hair, you probably imagine finger waves. These types of waves have a truly distinctive look that was so popular that they continued into the 1930s and 1940s. Additionally, they even came back into fashion as late as the 1990s.
Finger waves were created by taking sections of wet hair and forming an “s” shape. These shapes were held in place with gel or special wave clips. Once the hair dried, the hair would fall into even waves that framed the entire head.
Another way of achieving a similar look was to use a Marcel iron. This option was quicker, but the heat could damage the hair.
If you want to create finger waves at home, there are plenty of tutorials online which will help you achieve the look in no time.
At the beginning of the 1920s, many women wanted the bob’s shorter look without committing to cutting their hair. These women came up with ingenious ways to make their long hair look like a bob. This usually involved arranging the hair at the base of the neck or putting into a bun. and pinning it underneath the top part of the hair to hide it. Women usually styled the sides of the hair with curls or finger waves.
If you want to create a 1920s look but aren’t willing to sacrifice your hair’s length, this is an excellent option. Not only does it look just like a bob, but it is also totally historically accurate!
If you want to bring a taste of the 1920s to the 2020s with your hairstyle, there are plenty of options. It doesn’t matter the length of your hair. From Eton crops to bob cuts, finger waves, to faux bobs, there is a 1920s hairstyle out there for everyone!