1930s Hairstyles: Retro Looks Made Modern
The 1930s was a time of great change for everyone. Following the great opulence and glamour of the Jazz Age which gripped the latter half of the 20s, women in the west started to embrace more sophisticated, slightly less conservative hairstyles. At the beginning of the decade, these 30s hairstyles were still short and traditional, a hangover from the flapper trends which dazzled high society and trickled down into other strata. As the decade marched on, however, women started to opt for longer, more adventurous hairstyles.
A popular method of setting hair into waves or curls, finger waves are a 30s hairstyle made popular by actresses of the time such as Bette Davis and Anita Page. Their original design was meant to help soften the sometimes hard appearance of bobbed hairstyles which had become popular in the 20s. The 30s hairstyle is achieved by shaping your hair into S-shaped curves when the hair is still wet using your fingers and a comb. Allow your hair to dry – be sure not to touch or disturb it during this time – and once it has your hair will fall into lovely, deep waves. The great thing about this technique is that no heat is used to mold your hair, keeping it undamaged and healthy.
The Wavy Bob
Made popular by Jean Harlow – who also brought to fashion platinum blonde hair - the wavy bob was a 30s hairstyle that was frequently used by the actress in her films such as Dinner at Eight and Reckless. Although Harlow's hair was naturally wavy and set by nothing more than water and vinegar, the style she inspired can be replicated with the correct use of heat styling and product such as hairspray. This look is timeless, beautiful and has gone on to inspire countless other hairstyles in the following years.