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How to Style 1920s Flapper Hair

Also known as the Jazz Age, the 1920's demonstrated revolutions in music, literature, and art which led to a societal shift in the wake of World War I. Flappers, bold and beautiful young women who defied the traditional conventions of femininity, were the undeniable style icon of the Roaring Twenties. By cropping their hair, wearing short dresses, and taking part in behaviors that were largely only socially acceptable for men like drinking, smoking, and dancing, flappers were seen as reckless, independent, and above all, attractive. If you're dressing as a flapper for Halloween or a Roaring Twenties theme party, there are crucial elements of style necessary for authentically capturing the essence of these sensational women. To capture the look of classic 1920s flapper hair, here are a couple of tutorials, not matter what your hair length may be. They will surely help you put the finishing touches to your flapper costume.

Flapper Hairstyle for Long Hair

Flappers were famous for their bobbed hairstyles, but you can cheat your way to a cool 1920s look without sacrificing your long locks! This style will take a little bit of patience, and make sure to heed the tip at the 7:35-minute mark: don't let the hair go as you create a pin curl. Hang on for dear life: it will save you a lot of frustration! This adorable tutorial was made in the style of a silent movie, with cheesy piano music, title cards and all. It'll really get you in the 1920s mood!

Easy Faux Finger Waves

Finger waves are an instantly recognisable flapper hairstyle, but they can be tricky to perfect. This tutorial will show you how to mimic the effect of finger waves without all the fuss. At the 4:24-minute marker, she recommends that you give your hair a blast of hairspray before you remove the clips. This will make sure the style really sets before you run out the door to dance the charleston till the early hours!

Iconic Looks of the 20s

Along with the iconic short hemlines and rouged faces, flapper hairstyles were very distinctive. Vintage photos of the 1920's can help you get an idea of what flappers really looked like, but you can also turn to films like Chicago and The Great Gatsby to understand the essentials of the bold 20s makeup and glamorous looks. Many women cropped their hair into the short and sexy bob with blunt bangs. For those who chose to keep their hair slightly longer, pin curls and chignons were popular hairstyles. In Chicago, Catherine Zeta Jones can be seen sporting a fantastic bob, and Renee Zellweger's blonde tresses are styled into soft pincurls. As demonstrated by Carey Mulligan's portrayal of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, flappers also jazzed up their looks with glitzy Art Deco inspired head pieces.

We carry a great selection of headbands, turbans, and other flapper hair accessories to top off your look after you've perfected your hairstyle.

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