1940's hairstyles were very glamourous. Perfectionist styles with sophisticated waves and curls.
The hair was voluminous and longer than hair from the last two decades.
Hair accessories were also popular:
Veronica Lake was a popular fashion icon and actress during the 1940's and sported lots of the glossy hairstyles we now associate with the 1940's pin up actresses.
To achieve the wavy and curly styles, women would use the rag-curling method.
The method would be used to curl the ends of the hair and add that fluffy full shape to ends of the tresses just as you can see in the picture of Rita Hayworth (right).
These days you can use heated rollers or a curling wand to achieve the same waves and ringlets you see in the 1940's hairstyles.
Many of the looks popular during 1940's decade took several hours of planning and styling to achieve, representing total glamour.
The song was recorded by numerous artists, including the popular big band leader Kay Kayser, and became a national hit.
The song portrays "Rosie" as a tireless assembly line worker, doing her part to help the American war effort and economy.
All the day long,
Whether rain or shine
She’s part of the assembly line.
She’s making history,
Working for victory
Rosie the Riveter
Women adopted the 1940's hairstyles seen on 'Rosie' such as Polka
Dotted scarves covering bouncy curls, tied up in an updo.
Curly hair worn in two braids with a scarf are also representitive of that time. Pictures of women seemed more fuller figured and robust.
A marked difference from the skinny boyish look of the 1920's style.
By now women showed off their browner tanned skin and hair was as always a true expression of how women felt about themselves.
While “victory rolls” were originally the name for a fighter plane maneuver, women adopted the term for the rolls of hair to celebrate victory in WWII.
The victory roll hairstyle was wildly popular in the 1940’s — and not just for the name, but for their ease in creation.
Any hairstyle in the 40’s had to be created without modern styling products — including blow dryers.