In February of 1936, Butterick’s Delineator magazine showed six fashionable hairstyles by some top New York salons — but they were photographed on mannequin heads, rather than real women. (Stylists still practice on such uncomplaining heads while training.) I have added a few photographs and drawings from advertisements to supplement Delineator’s 1936 color images. (Because Delineator was a large format magazine, a full page photo doesn’t translate well into a 500 dpi image. This is just the top half of page 16:
[This one is for Lynn at American Age Fashion. I’m pleased to see that the one featured 1936 hairstyle that could be worn today without looking bizarre is the one suggested for white hair! The side part would allow for a close-fitting 1930’s hat to be worn on one side of the head, as was the fashion.]
Here are images from the bottom of the page of “Tip-Top Hair Styles.”
An artificial braid sometimes formed a halo or tiara effect for evening. Here is a such a braid on Ginger Rogers.
This was certainly a time for “small heads” and tightly curled hair. However, I browsed for a few photos of real women and real hair in the same issue:
Miss Vivian Dixon, a debutante, wears a much more natural looking hairstyle in an ad for Camel Cigarettes.
I believe a lot of young women who did their own hair must have looked like this model in Delineator’s “How to Sew” feature article:
Illustrator Dynevor Rhys made tight curls and close-to-the head hair look pretty:
But illustrator Hans Flato showed a softer, looser hairdo in a series of ads for sanitary products:
But one thing all these styles have in common, regardless of the age of the model, is the need to accommodate a 1930’s hat.
Elsa Schiaparelli’s hat designs were very influential in the 1930’s. Click here for a post about them, with many more pictures.