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1920s Hairstyles

1920s Authentic Coiffures


The nineteen twenties are remembered for the creation of the "bob". While being a radical deviation from the acceptable coiffures of the day, its creation marked the first time that short hair on women became, by the end of the decade, socially acceptable. The "bob", adopted by young flappers, represented to the woman of the twenties sexual empowerment and a step toward self determination. While most women were not adventurous enough part with their long locks, many women eased into the transition by cutting just the hair at the sides of their heads into a bob and leaving the tresses in the back long but tucked into neat buns at the back of the head.

Waves were still a popular method of adding interest to a hair style. The creation of the permanent wave aided in the setting of marcel and finger waves. However, the twenties curls and waves were more frizzy than the sleek waves adopted in the thirties.


20s Bobbed Hair


When long hair is to be bobbed, roll and pin the top portion of the hair out of the way and smoothly comb the lower portion straight down before cutting.

When bobbed hair is to be trimmed, make an allowance of at least one half inch for retrimming. If the hair is to be waved, it will be necessary to allow for the shortening of the hair when the wave is given. A marcel, finger wave, or water wave will take up at least one inch or more of the length of the hair.

The method illustrated on the right shows how thick hair may be thinned underneath, leaving the outside strands to be waved and dressed close to the head. Hold the strands in the left hand and move the half-open blades of the shears skillfully, cutting upward, the blades slightly closing with each stroke.
Thin the hair in the this manner across the head from just back of one ear to another.

Then use the clippers on the back of the neck and finish the trim above the clipper line with the shears and comb.

When bangs are to be cut, part the hair about an inch from the front hair line, comb it forward, and trim it carefully straight across or in any manner desired.

The long hair covering the ears should be thinned underneath in order to make it join the short hair in the back in an even line. This thinning should not extend more than one or two inches upward from the ends of the strands.

The hair should be parted around the ear and combed out in order to avoid ragged edges; the lobe of the ear should be the gauge by which to trim.

If dips are worn on the cheeks, the hair should be left long enough to join the back of the hair smoothly. The sides of the hair that are worn combed back from the forehead should be cut long enough to cover the ears.