As the United States and Europe were going through a time of prosperity and distinctive cultural edge that marked an era, the decade known as “the roarin’ 20s” is still remembered a century later for its social, artistic and cultural traits. 
Known as the “années folles” (crazy years) in France, this is the decade that saw Jazz music rise and flourish, together with the iconic Art Deco style, who defined notable buildings around the world such as the National Basilica Of The Sacred Heart in Brussels, the Empire State Building in New York, and the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City. Last but not least, the roarin’ 20s gave birth to the “flappers”, the iconic and rebellious women that lived through a decade of glitz and glamour by breaking the rules and social norms of the time – dancing, smoking, drinking and voting – all of this whilst rocking short hair and experimenting with makeup. Therefore, it’s not surprising at all to see that such creativity and liberty are still celebrated by women everywhere in the world and portrayed in cinema and television! 

Roaring 20’s: 1920’s Hairstyles (back to index)

More and more celebrities are embracing the flapper hair, and as we dive deep into the same decade – just a century later – even the youngest generation of Hollywood stars (looking at you, Millie Bobby Brown) has surrendered to the beauty and glamour of the era. 

Whether it’s for a Great Gatsby themed party or to embrace a radical change, grab your hair gel and rat-tail comb – we’re about to have a look at how to faux bob and how to do finger waves like a pro 1920s starlet! 


How To Create: 1920s Finger Waves (back to index)

From Cara Delevingne to Cardi B, Rihanna, Zendaya and Demi Lovato – finger waves have made a come back and they have been seen a lot on stages, red carpets and album covers. If you have short hair and you’d like to recreate this glamourous vintage look but don’t know how to do finger waves, this tutorial by I Am Nakiah is what you need. 

If you have long hair or are wearing permanent hair extensions instead, this tutorial by Kayley Melissa is what you need to create loose finger waves and hide your hair extensions curling them up like a pro. 

How To Create: 1920s Faux Bob (back to index)

There wouldn’t be any good 1920s hairstyles list without mentioning the faux bob. This elegant updo truly is a timeless classic, an everlasting tribute to the decadent beauty of last century’s Hollywood allure. If you want to achieve this look, follow the simple steps shown in Brittany Sarah’s tutorial:

How To Create: 1920s Flapper Bob(back to index)

In the past year we’ve seen the bob making a great comeback, from the middle parted 90s inspired one worn by Lucy Hale and Saoirse Ronan to the side parted one chosen by Kylie Jenner. But what if I told you that the 1920s flapper bob has also made its way back too? As previously mentioned, Millie Bobby Brown has recently sported this look revealing it on her Instagram and I personally think it’s not going to be the first flapper haircut landing on our Instagram feeds this year. 

This is the perfect opportunity to try a fresh haircut paired with a fringe. 


How To Create: 1920s Speakeasy Side Waves (back to index)

This hairstyle focuses on wearing your hair down and keeping them long and voluptuous rather than going for a libertine short bob. In the modern age, this is also known to be one of the hairstyles that we’ve seen the most on Hollywood star Blake Lively! To get the best out of this side curly hairstyle, add volume with hair extensions for big, bouncy curls. 

How To Create: 1920s Side Bun Hairstyle (back to index)

Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Charlize Theron… How many celebrities have opted for a side bun in the past? The list goes on and on, as this elegant updo is another piece de resistance coming from the past that adapts so well to so many modern events and looks too. From bridesmaids to work dinners, the side bun hairstyle can be easily dressed up or down with the right accessories too, making it a versatile hairstyle for any occasion. 

Conclusion: (back to index)

Even a century later, beguiling hairstyles from the 1920s are still en vogue and you don’t need to be a Hollywood star to rock them on a special night out. With volume and waves, curls and a good amount of hairspray you too will be able to sparkle like a vintage diva! 

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