Women's Hairstyles Circa 1938-1940

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Trendy and eye-catching hairstyles are part of every era’s fashion statement. Let’s take a look at how women styled their lovely locks to complete their look during 1938 to 1940.

Hairstyle has been an integral part to a fashion statement, the “crowning glory” that makes or breaks a certain look. During the 1930’s, short hair was fashionable among women; they usually had their hair styled in curls, but smooth at the crown so hats can fit perfectly. The curls either framed the face or adorned the top of the head. It was also around this time that the permanent wave hairstyle—or perm, as it is more popularly known—began to emerge and became popular.

Towards the early 1940s, short hairstyles such as page-boy bobs were still stylish, but shoulder length curls and pompadour-style puffs or rolls along the forehead also became popular.

Thanks to LIFE’s extensive collection of photographs from the yester-decades, we can now take a look at the trendy hairstyles that defined much of the fashion statement from 1930s to 1940s:

Photos via Bea Hair Women on LIFE Photo Archive hosted by Google

Source and additional reading:
Bea Hair Women on LIFE Photo Archive hosted by Google
1930 - 1945 in Fashion -- Wikipedia

So, do you find these hairstyles classy or tacky? Tell us with a comment below!

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written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-09-01 #hairstyles #1940 #lifestyle #lomography #women #analogue-lifestyle #vintage #film-photos #1938 #fashion


  1. explorette
    explorette ·

    love pic 10 :)

  2. shhquiet
    shhquiet ·

    I'm really creeped out ...

  3. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    I love the 1st and 12th photos!

  4. mariettfisher
    mariettfisher ·

    I really liked these hairstyles and I am glad to know that people in the 1940's used to have such simple yet elegant hairstyles. Today also people tend to get elegant hairstyles using hair extensions that can be viewed at www.ludischarminginstinct.com online.

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