You’re at a party. It’s close to midnight and the jazz band is still blasting with the crowds still buzzing. You’re dressed to the sixes heck to the nines! – With your flapper dress and your makeup on, and your hair frames your face perfectly. Sounds familiar?
With all the hub bub of the 1920s, it’s no wonder they were called the “Roaring ‘20s.” What’s more is with 1930s Hollywood glam, you can do no wrong. It was both the time of the Great Depression and the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Today, I decided to try a little hair experiment. Using my great grandmother’s photo, I created my own 20’s/30’s short curly hairstyle:
Step One, Wash: This is a wet hairstyle, so I washed my hair. Like always, I comb in a leave-in conditioner.
Step Two, The Side Part: For this style, I side parted my hair. What does this mean? If you part your hair straight down the middle, pull the trick of the 1980s and give yourself the side part going just past the top of your head. If you already naturally have that side part a couple centimeters from the middle, be dramatic! Do the part just a little bit more off the side.
Step Three, Do the Wave: There are many tutorials that teach you have to do the finger wave on your curls. It’s only a matter of choosing which one. To make it easier and for a better visual, I highly recommend the video:
Finger Waves Technique – How To Achieve The Classic Vintage Look
I personally used bobby pins (better to use duck bill clips) and minimized the number of times I created an “S” curve. To modernize the look with less work, I didn’t start at the top of the part, but rather a couple inches down from the top.
Step Four, Let It Go: Did you think the last step was difficult? Ridiculous? Strange looking? So did I! I mean yes, of course I want the 20’s look, but I don’t want to look like I’m from the 20’s. It’s time to let it go! And how do we do that? Simple! The rest of the hair doesn’t matter as much. After de-pinning, let it go for that 20’s look. Or, pull it into a chignon for a nice twist on an old classic.
But do you know the most important part of this glamorous hair style? That’s right, accessorize! You can use a headband, a flower clip, and heck if you’re careful, your favorite necklace. But, let’s take a look outside the box, shall we?
With all the hub bub of the 1920’s, it’s no wonder they were called the “Roaring ‘20s.” What’s more is with 1930’s Hollywood glam, you can do no wrong. It was both the time of the Great Depression and the Golden Age of Hollywood. And while I’m an amateur when it comes to styling curly hair, but even for a beginner, it turned out awesome.
Written By: Samantha Berley
Samantha Berley is an author and freelance writer born and raised in sunny California. As a lover and not a fighter, Samantha has embraced her curly hair and has become her own hair expert. Her work has been published in various online and print publications such as the hair website Naturally Curly as well as Social Media Week Los Angeles, GeekPeeks, TasteTablet, Halftime Magazine and Everydog Magazine. Samantha is currently working on the second half of her novel, Code Periwinkle Blue.