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Hairstyles and Fashion of the Forties

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Their hairstyles were more modest, although; just as bedazzling as their hats during this time, only in a different way. It was important for things to be organized during these troubled years and their hairstyles and dress revealed this. Hair was washed with a simple shampoo with a thick styling agent applied and rolled with either clips, socks, scraps of material or in the late 1940’s rollers (mostly clips) with a hairnet placed carefully over their head; as they sat under a very large tube like hot dryer to dry. After taking the clips out a vigorous brushing would follow as the stylist would proceed to design the hair in a style close to her head.
There was a style that involved a very large roll placed for bangs, halfway on her forehead and about an inch above her head. Her crown was flatly brushed down with a fluff of curls along the bottom and around the sides and in the back. This style could work with almost any hat she selected to wear. Usually hair was worn shoulder length and there were plenty of waves placed along with the styling. Straight parts were either on a side or in the middle. When there were middle parts there were sometimes small to large rolls placed on each side off of the face with the hair flowing down into all one length with the fluff of curls on the bottom.
June Allyson on magazine cover Old time famous celebrity June Allison was known for wearing her hair in the famous pageboy style of this time. She had naturally straight hair that was set to be curved with her straight forward bangs. We wouldn’t have recognized her without this look. The pageboy had variations of straight and wavy and long or medium. Today we would put an undercut to this style, but back then their hair was cut bluntly for the page boy and would go as high as the level as her eye or as low as laying on her shoulders.
Everyone rolled their hair under with rollers to have this smooth look. There were many up do’s to give feminine appeal to their hats. Their hair would be brush up into tight small pinned curls to give room for this covering. Some bangs were cut quite short, then many did not wear any, but wore their hair completely back in a no nonsense way. Most had their hair in one complete level length. Some bangs were place in small curls to frame their face and eyes. Others had that large roll with the rest of the hair pulled either back or up wearing a very large hat in the back.
There was another style that required a roll beginning on the sides that would wind itself onto the back. The rest of the hair was tucked flatly into that roll. The top was either parted in the middle or brushed flatly back alone with the rest of the hair. There were styles that required the pulling back of the sides and tucked back into a roll while the back laid smoothly down with the fluff of curls laying on the back. The top usually had the roll, two rolls or different sized curls.
The crown always had room for a hat, unless she was going to wear the hat tipped on the side of her forehead and top in which case she could wear her hair in up curls in the crown or down around her shoulders once again. Most times, the hair on the sides was usually pulled back. The curls were usually large and obvious coming out from under the hat and at rare times spilling over on to it, as long as they could delicately lift the hat up and put the hair back where it belonged. When they would wear their hair up, the collars of their coats were usually turned up as they would wear a beret to be in fashion. There were also several trendy scarves that were worn to adorn these styles.
Those audacious eye-catching round curls that would rest upon the top of their heads and about an inch below on to their foreheads were complete with daringly thin eyebrows(with the exception of Joan Crawford) and usually a black veil of some sort, depending upon the occasion.. To have these curls today, wash, condition, rinse, towel dry and apply your favorite setting lotion and begin taking an inch of your hair and trine it around one of your fingers with all of them going into the same direction and place a clip for set. You should have about 6-7 old fashioned pin curls on your first row. Do the same with the next row until you’ve accomplished about four rows. When dry, take one pin curl out at a time and back brush just a small bit and fluff around your finger and place a small hairpin upon your forehead.
Repeat this all along the first row. Do the same with the next row only place them just a little bit over the first row. You are edging upward and outward. Continue to do this with your finger using hairpins. Your final product should stand about four inches or higher above your forehead and top. If you want a flat crown to go with this, comb your wet hair down and make the same curls with the clips along the bottom of your hair. Only roll the bottom. When this is dry, brush your sides and back vigorously patting the crown smoothly and fluffing up the bottom like that of cotton. Now you are ready to buy a pair of adorable Mary Jane heels and you will be complete. Unless you were born into this era, the styling won’t come easy but, practice makes perfect!
Penny - Stylist    ©
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