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1940s Hairstyles

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1940s Hairstyles

So you’ve got the 1940’s fashion down, but do you have the hair? Straight, sleek modern hair was not in. Neither was a messy look. Perfectly styled, voluminous hair was the trend throughout the decade and following into the 50’s. Girls in the mid-1940s had very complicated hairstyles because this made up for the fabric rationing that impacted dresses. If you want to create your own American 1940s hairstyle, read on to find out how.
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1940s Hairstyles

Straightening was done with a protective pomade or oils and a heated metal comb, transforming tight curls into glossy straight hair, and it stayed this way until it got wet or was washed. The straightened hair could be dressed into waves, rolls and pinned in typical 1940s hairstyles.
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1940s Hairstyles

Short 1940s hairstyles: 1) Softly waved hair with a side part – use a grip if needed to hold the hair back off your face. 2) Or, if you have enough length on top, you could create the classic S-shaped fringe. 3) If your hair is long enough to curl under, you could have a sleek pageboy, where the curl under goes all along the ends of the hair and is U-shaped. Use a side parting.
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1940s Hairstyles

Thank you so much for the article! It’s really helpful. The whole site is helpful indeed. I’ve been in love with 1940s and 1960s hair styles for a long time and I’m glad I found your site. I think I’ve read some articles about 60s makeup in here a couple months ago… and they were amazing! I have a question, maybe you can help me… which hair rollers should I use to achieve these 40s hair styles? Maybe the velcro ones? I don’t want to use something with heat cause it’s expensive or will damage my hair. Would you please help me? Thanks in advance, this site is a gem.

1940s Hairstyles

Can I just say that I LOVE it when people take HTHG hairstyles and make them look tons better than I do? Leave it to Darcy. She is my sister out-law and her stylish sensibilities  never fail to amaze. I was there with her when her second son Rowan was born (VBAC birth, SO awesome) and she looked gorgeous. Her makeup was immaculate and she had a beautiful kimono on. The point is, she even looks totally put-together when she is pushing out a baby. Daaaaaaang. She tried out the Scarf Roll, and she put me to shame. Love it, Darc. Want to know how to get this look? Here is a link to a tutorial.
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1940s Hairstyles

Hats were a fun part of a woman’s attire, dressing up their otherwise plain clothes. There was no single style or shape – everything was worn, from the smaller pillboxes and berets to the wide-brimmed. Hairstyles could be easily adopted to fit the hat, or the hat to fit the hairstyle!
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What elegance; how lovely ladies looked way back then. Strange isn’t it how times have changed; these days, a lot of women seem to live in jeans. Hairstyles though, are more varied now; some very nice indeed, especially the mid-length ones. This seems to be a style that suits most women and face shapes.

Hi Northernlass, Thanks for your comment and totally agree – such an elegant period and no matter how little money, resources or time, women always looked groomed. Even the land girls and factory lasses looked lovely! The joy of forties hairstyles is as you said – there’s a way to dress hair to suit pretty much everyone. Glorious!
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Great overview! I’m in a play set during this era, and in all my research on hairstyles, this is the FIRST posting I’ve seen that included the particulars of haircare and styling for Black women. A wonderfully thorough piece of work. Bravo!
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Today, I bring you an easy pin-curl set specifically for 1940’s styling. Following this post will be several vintage inspired 1940’s tribute hairstyles made easy so that you don’t have to fuss with too many details. I don’t use any styling products for these styles, just bobby pins, large and small. As always with vintage styling, you need both sizes.
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Can I just say that I LOVE it when people take HTHG hairstyles and make them look tons better than I do? Leave it to Darcy. She is my sister out-law and her stylish sensibilities  never fail to amaze. I was there with her when her second son Rowan was born (VBAC birth, SO awesome) and she looked gorgeous. Her makeup was immaculate and she had a beautiful kimono on. The point is, she even looks totally put-together when she is pushing out a baby. Daaaaaaang.

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