hairstyles were a turning point for how women
expressed their femininity, WWI had just
ended and women had become more independant as they had to remain at
home and go out to work for the first time, due to the lack of male
workers who had been drafted into fighting overseas.
the new found
independance, women wanted to cut ties with the old
feminine images of the past.
Throughout the 1920's women's
hair became shorter and shorter, starting
with the original Bob.
The Marcel Wave and finger wave were also seen on some of these
Women wanted to look like young fresh faced girls with
slender shapes and flatter chests.
Did you know?
This hairdo is where the name 'Bobby Pin' orginated
Ladies used hairpins to keep their Bob haircuts neat.
Next was the
1920's hairstyle was the shingled Bob (a boyish cut with a V shaped
taper at the
All these changes coincided with the consitutional amendment in August
1920 that allowed women to vote for the first time.
So women really
enjoyed asserting their new found independance. The new fashion trend a
way of showing that.
There were new
boundaries and the new shorter styles reflected the rebellion against
the old maid styles of before.
At the same time a
new form of music came on the scene named
you ever heard of Flappers?
Well that was the name given to the ladies
wore a particular style that we now associate with the "Roaring 20's".
The 1920's style
Sleek bobbed hair
Shorter shapeless tunic style dresses embellished with
tassles and beading. Also Jersey and silky camisole dresses
Openly worn makeup, red lipstick
Ladies spent a lot of time smoking slim cigarettes from
Coco Chanel, the famous French fashion designer brought the flapper
to the forefront, she sported the style herself and wore her hair in a
short 1920's bob style.
In the 20's, she designed dresses that we now associate with the
'Flapper' trend in neutral tones of beige, sand, cream,
navy and black and was an expert in cutting garments, specialising in
using easy to
wear jersey fabrics.
The Eton Crop was
the most daring and controversial
the hair would have been cut at men's barbershops because in those
hairdressers did not know how to shear and cut women's hair so short.
Women would cue outside barbershops for hours to get their hair
Eventually, hairdressers who were losing too much money caught on and
began offering the Bob cut in
The look was sleek and women used
hair pins to keep the
hairstyle neat and waves in place. It was a era of post war frivolity.
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