Many of them kept it coiled up like a ribbon. The curly version was called “puffy” or “corduroy”, while the straight version was called “braid”. The curls were a favorite of Audrey Hepburn and Vivien Leigh. Dolly Parton was a fan, according to the movie’s narrator.
Many of the styles were popular during the 1920s, and women in their 20s would be wearing “long pixie caps” by the time they hit the big time. “In the 1920s, it was not so surprising when they started wearing capes (as we’ll see in the section on capes)”, said historian David Clements.
The look of the 1940s began to take shape in the 1940s, thanks in large part to Hollywood. “The big thing was that they had the glamour of the Hollywood stars,” said Clements. “Then the glamour came back with the 1950s.”
Today, most people associate the look of 1940s hairstyles with that decade. What about the 1920s? Here’s what Clements says is interesting:
“It was also that decade that had the first really big style trends in terms of what made people feel good, like the boho styles of the 1920s,” he told The Wrap via email. “That did not lead to high-fashion hair, or to wearing caps with braids, but to what I see as a very practical look, using hats, pom poms, and wigs.”
The 1950s was the decade when the fashion was all about black, like in the movie “The Wild One.” In the 1950s, black women with the looks of the 1920s were the go-to for movies like “The Wild One.” Here’s how Clements describes some of this hairstyle beauty history:
“Back to the 1930s and 1940s, people really looked for a more polished look, and a softer look to look like they had lived on their estates in their homes, so they would take a nice coat with all of the bells and whistles and a black wig. As the 1950s and 1960s began they started seeing less of a traditional hair look. They had become more of a work girl and college student look.”
Clements also noted that hairstyles of the 1930s were actually much more complex than the way people described today’s hairstyles. “Back then, people were experimenting a lot. The hair was so long and