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Hair rolls are what most people think of when they think of vintage 1940s hair-dos. If you have at least shoulder length hair, you can do rolls! Give it a shot - it takes a bit of time to dry your hair once it's in curlers, so leave yourself plenty of time between starting your hair and walking out the door, or invest in a bonnet dryer from a beauty supply store or thrift shop.




Pincurls are the basis for almost every 40's style - even if you put the front of your hair in rolls, you still want to make sure the back of your head is as pretty as the front. They're not hard to do, and once you have the hang of it, you can sit on the sofa and twist your locks up into pincurls without even looking in a mirror.




It would be practically impossible to introduce a curl or wave into hair using only the fingers and a comb if that hair is dry, simply because the hair is not softened or plasticized. If the hair is partially wet or wet only on the surface, it will be only partially softened and, therefore, still unable to readily accept a new form.


However if the hair is thoroughly wet from top to scalp and to the core of each hair, it becomes plastic enough to form easily into a new position of curls or waves. From that point, thorough and complete drying hardens the hair. In its new form, you should have a lasting set until such time as the hair absorbs moisture from the air surrounding it to once more soften itself. As it is no longer controlled by hairpins and a net, it will then relax and lose the formation that was given it during the fingerwave.

Obviously, then, it is important to use a wetting agent that will primarily wet the hair through and through and, after the setting, dry out of the hair thoroughly.




Do-rags started off as a way to cover up your pincurl pins when you absolutely had to leave the house while your hair was drying. Once gals hit the workforce, the bandana became a necessary method of keeping their locks out of the machinery. But if you're looking for a tidy and easy way to put your hair up in a more casual fashion without fussing, this will do the trick.


Rag Curlers


Want ringlets but don't want to deal with the pins? Want the effect of curlers without having to sleep on them? Give rag curlers a try!

For those of you with curly hair, rag curlers can tame your wild locks, and for those with straight hair, you'll get a head-full of curls!


Choosing a Style to Flatter your Face


Long and thin, or short and full - choose a style to flatter your particular face shape.

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Shaneen Marie said:

  i have a friend who is a professional 40's hair stylist and she always makes it seem easy.. what about the ones who want to do it their self?
October 25, 2007

Meghan said:

  I get the whole pin curl thing, pretty much down to a T. However, I'm always stuck when it comes to brushing it out. Mine just turns out wrong, and defeats the object of putting the curls in at the first place. Does anyone know any good websites?
December 03, 2007

Dawn said:


I'm trying to find a 1940's hairdresser. Does your friend have a site?

January 28, 2008

lyndsey madison said:

  well i am just loving of this. well i saw an episod of gilmore girls where they had a dance athone and the them was mid 30's eailry 40's and Rorie had her hair up ina poneytail and i just loved and i have been trying to fime that look so i can get it done from my sr. prom in april!!
February 01, 2008

Isaray said:

  I aboslutly love this style and im dying to [try] to do it my self.
March 28, 2008

alison said:

  i have been trying to figure out this 40s hair thing forever! i have a prom coming up n need tips to do my hair so i dont look dumb! ne tips email me plz smilies/tongue.gif :- smilies/cry.gif
April 16, 2008 | url

wendy said:

  hi to all
Ive been bought up all my life with 40'a and 50's music and i love it, I go to all the weekenders and weekend do's as much as possible, but we dont get to many on the isle of wight, if anyone knows of someone who can do 40's style hairdo then please let me know as am struggling to do my own.
October 04, 2008

Laura said:

  I'm playing Adelaide in Guys and Dolls in late January and I'm looking into 40's and 50's hairstyles but I'm not that good with hair. If someone could explain how to do a style that would work with thick, longish hair, that would be amazing.
December 29, 2008

Megan said:

  Oh my gosh Laura I'm playing Adelaide in Guys and dolls too just next week and that"s why I'm looking for this Hairstyle too.
February 23, 2009

lauren said:

  Hi can anyone tell me who is in the 40's hairstyle pic
May 25, 2009

kylie said:

  i like this website it helped me on my project so much smilies/grin.gif
May 27, 2009

josunshine said:

  This is a photo of Dita VonTesse, a very famous modern Burlesque star.
June 13, 2009

meme said:

  I have to be able to do these hairstyles at college, they are really quite simple, you just need to get the right products, it may be more difficult doin these hairstyles on yourself though..*
October 01, 2009

meghan said:

  omg a m a z i n g cool looks smilies/cool.gif
December 05, 2009 | url

taylor goss said:

  im trying to find a cute hairsyle 4 my play
December 07, 2009 | url

can can said:

  nice hair.
im in a chior and i am going to have a solo so i am going to have to dress and do my hair liike the 40s style bcuz thats the theme.
haha smilies/cool.gif
April 20, 2010

Jennie said:

  braids and rolls are what I would love to learn how to do myself!
May 08, 2010 | url

Ella said:

  i love this hair but i need more information
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sadfsda said:

  woooooooooooooowww smilies/grin.gif
June 28, 2010 | url

julie said:

  nice hair
March 01, 2011 | url

julie said:

  nice hair
March 01, 2011 | url

Treadmill Traci said:

  I love those 80's rockabilly hairstyles! They are so dramatic and cute! smilies/cheesy.gif Love it!
April 08, 2011 | url

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