Classic 1920s Hairstyles

What you found in 1920s hairstyles for women was a push for youth and rebellion. For the first time in modern history, a large majority of women began to wear their hair short. This was an absolute rejection of days gone by and a very controversial topic during the 1920s.

The Bob
There is no women's hairstyle that defines the 1920s more than the classic Bob. This short and rounded blunt cut was all the rage for flappers during the 1920s. It caught on like wildfire and women from Hollywood and everywhere else were sporting the cut.

The typical 1920s bob was known as a "3/4 bob." It was cut straight across at about ear length. It was worn straight, curled, pinned or wavy. Regardless of the exact styling method, 1920s bobs were usually worn with short bangs, another relatively new invention of the time.

The Dutch Boy
The Dutch boy haircut was another popular style form women during the 1920s. The style was like a bob, but cut much flatter. The hair would be cut short and straight across at about ear length. A sharp angle would then be created to cut the bangs straight across and even shorter than the rest of the hair The look was worn very flat, almost slicked down to the skull at the top.

The Shingle
A shingle cut was a special kind of bob haircut. A shingle cut started off with a basic bob style, with the hair cut about the same length as the earlobes. However, for a shingle cut, the bottom hair at the back of the neck was cut in a "V" shape and close to the skin. The hair was cut longer the closer it got to the top of the head. This created a very thin and cropped bob style.

Shingle haircuts could be worn plain and straight. However, the look was often paired with a few spit curls around a woman's face. Spit curls were tiny, circled tendrils of short hair that would lay perfectly flat, sweeping into the face.

The Eton Crop
In the late 1920s short hair was not short enough, so women began wearing the Eton crop. The extremely short, blunt, bob cut exposed the naked ears, something rather shocking for the time. It was worn slick and flat, with an occasional curled tendril of hair barely large enough to see.

The Low Ponytail
While short strands may have been all the rage for 1920s hairstyles, not every woman went and chopped her locks. Long hair worn in a simple ponytail was still considered fashionable during the 1920s, especially for younger girls. The hair was usually slightly curled and pulled back in a low and soft ponytail. The ponytail was usually also adorned with a big ribbon tied in a bow.

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