Hair styles during the 1940’s were something many women took pride in. It seems as though nearly every woman would either go to bed with pin curls in their hair, or wake up creating the perfect coiffed hair. No matter what the occasion, the hair was something women simply decided to take proper care of to always look their best. Lionesse would like to showcase some of the most popular 40’s hair styles today in this article. Some of these styles are replicated in today’s world by the Rockabilly crowd, and in many photo shoots and magazines. Give one or all of these styles a try today for a true vintage look.
The pompadour was named after Madame de Pompadour, who just so happened to be the mistress of King Louis XV back in the 1700’s. This hair style was worn by women and men alike in the 1940’s and has continued throughout the years to gain in popularity. It involves creating a fluffy pulled or brushed back style on the front-most portion of the hair, giving the illusion of a poof – similar to what you’d see with back combing, but not quite the same. The pompadour style was generally worn with updo’s and other curled or waved styles for special occasions in the 40’s. Today, you can see celebrities such as Pink, Rihanna, and others sporting the style as part of their overall look.
Loose curls were a huge hit in the 40’s – but what’s changed? Back in the day, loose curls were generally achieved by creating pin curls, finger curls, or other types of curls. Tight curls were not a popular look in those days, so the curls were generally brushed out using boars head bristle brushes and left to look fluffy, wavy and precise. The look could be worn day or night, and for any occasion.
Victory Rolls were an exceptionally popular look in the 40’s, and it is one of the most mimicked styles of the current era. Victory rolls were obtained by rolling two to three sections of hair on the top of the head and crown, to create a rolled look that was then pinned and set to last for the day or night. Generally, this style was worn for important events or get togethers. It wasn’t typically a style that was worn for every day occasions, although there were some women who went to the extreme of completing this style on a daily basis. The remainder of the hair would be worn down and in loose waves, or placed into some sort of an updo.
Up-do hair styles were a big hit in the 40’s, and have remained a large hit till today. The styles completed back then usually involved some sort of curl or waved look, and would be worn with some sort of a small hat, crocheted snood, or other hair accessory. Updo’s were, as in today’s world, generally worn for special occasions.