One word to define the 1940s updo would be vintage; enough time has passed so they have stopped being kitsch. The pin-up curls; pompadour and victory rolls were some of the styles that were all rage at the time. People were excited to experiment as they couldn’t do much with the clothes that were plain and sober in the 40s due to shortages and import difficulties during World War II
Everybody had their own versions of updos. For those with shoulder length or long locks, updos were easier to create and the at the time attractive thing about this style was the minimum resource requirements. A paddle brush, comb, elastics and bobby pins would give you heaps of scope for creativity without much expense.
Sweep into two sections, the top and back, take the back section and make a low ponytail that sits right at the nape of your neck. Use a band or bobby pins to secure. Now split two sections from the ponytail. Comb each section backward towards the elastic. Take either part of the ponytail and twist it under. Secure the section by using bobby pins and do the same with the other side. Smooth out the strays and spray in place.
Take a side of the top section and apply wax. Using a curling wand to make a little tornado shape, cutting a section out of a hair doughnut and wrapping the hair around it might make things easier. Release and pin in place. Apply hairspray. And repeat the other side. That’s it, you get your vintage look. Not difficult; it’s a matter of practice.
Apart from the updos, “Peek-a-boo bang” was another famous 40s hairstyle. The starlet Veronica Lake made this style a runaway hit and the experts maintain it’ll never go out of fashion. The “Top Reverse Roll” that shows off your face and the “Pinup curls” formed an important element of 40s hairstyles. Finger wave was another concept from the 40s. Finger waves were achieved with a lotion, it’s easier to use mousse or gel nowadays. For these waves, use your index finger and the comb to create the position of the first wave. Pull your hair loose with fingers and the comb will tighten the other end. The friction between your fingers and the comb gives you the finger waves. You can recreate that 40’s look with a few pins and a hairdryer.
Many modern day actors have brought back the 1940s look. Katherine Heigl wore her chin-length blonde hair in a face-framing curly style, a style popularized by none other than Marilyn Monroe the queen of curls, at a recent Academy Awards event. She received many plaudits for that look. The 1940s bob with heavy bangs was a great hit with working women as the style went perfectly fine with their work outfits. The pin-up girl Bettie Page is considered to be an icon for this 1940s look with high, severe bangs.
We hope you got your dose of some amazing retro hairstyles. Have fun and keep experimenting.