The always interesting Glamourdaze blog linked to a short film from 1926 showing a hairdresser creating/cutting shingle haircuts…
… and, to my delight, a close up of a hairdresser using curling tongs (predecessor of the curling iron) to create those “Oh-so-Twenties” marcelled styles.
If you want to watch the vintage 1926 “How-To” video, which has been enhanced and colorized but shows great closeups, click here.
To learn more about illustrator Nell Brinkley, click here.
Other posts about 1920s’ hairstyles….
For the benefit of new readers, I’m going to supply links to several past posts about hair styles in the 1920s. Most of them are inspired by magazine articles in Delineator magazine, which was published by Butterick, and carried monthly reports from Paris..
Bobbed Hair and Shingled Hair:
After years in which a woman’s long hair was “her crowning glory,” the decision to cut it short, or “bob” it, took courage. Click to read “To Bob or Not to Bob Your Hair, Part 1” and “To Bob or Not to Bob Your Hair, Part 2.”
The Marcel wave had been around since the 1870s, and “Marcel” and “permanent wave” were used interchangeably. Here’s a marcelled hairdo from 1917:
Getting a permanent wave was something of an ordeal:
You could also do it at home…. in “just a few hours.”
To read more about permanents and marcels, see “Permanents and Marcels Bridge the Twenties to Thirties.”
Before the “bob,” Mary Pickford’s long curls were the ideal for girls in their teens. This is my mother before she bobbed her hair:
My mother (born in 1904) and her friend Irene were the first girls in town to have their hair bobbed. In my mother’s case, she also had a permanent. Her mother was in the hospital at the time. Her father forbade her to visit her mother, “because the shock would kill her.” Read “Marcels in the Family.”
For my own experience with curling tongs and permanent waves, read “Curling Iron Memories.”
One of the more intriguing articles I found about Twenties’ hairstyles suggested that young women occasionally wore chic wigs — in many hues. See “Chic Wigs for September 1927.”
If you still want to read about hairstyles from before and after the 1920s, just type the word “hair” in the search box at top right!
A final shout out to dancer Irene Castle, who bobbed her hair in 1917!