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Hair Styling | 20s Hairstyles

1920s Hairstyles: Inspired by the Great Gatsby

1920s fashions and styles keep coming back over and over again. The change of sentiments, conventions and fashion in the Roaring Twenties attracts interest and provides endless ideas for theme parties. We explain the Gatsby style and show suitable 1920s hairstyles.

Certain fashion phenomena are interesting enough to be revived several times. This is certainly true for the fashion and hairstyles of the Roaring Twenties. Today, we add a smidgeon of modern sophistication into the mix. Finger waves, for example, are now flexible and move in supple waves. New cutting techniques give Eton crops a modern flair. Updos are casually styled. Enjoy the photos of 1920s hair fashions in our gallery!


Classic Gatsby-Style Bob


Short hairstyles with clean lines were the outward signs of emancipated women in the 1920s. The hairstyle has not lost its appeal!


Tools: Extra-gloss hairspray and round brush.


Modern Gatsby-Style Bob


Trendy Twenties: The choppy bob with middle parting and flashy hair jewelry is today’s version of a classic 1920s hairstyle – the flapper bob.


Tools: Matte paste for the modern matte hair structure.


Gatsby-Style Finger Waves


Typical Roaring Twenties: Finger waves are characteristic of Great Gatsby hairstyles. Modern finger waves are flexible and artistically placed. This style is suitable for work and parties.


Tools: Flex styling and fixing products.


Casual Gatsby-Style Updo


In the 1920s, women spent quite a bit of time in front of the mirror styling their hair. They created hairstyles such as this updo with strands of hair randomly pulled up, intertwined, and secured to spice up their styles.


Tools: Hairspray and curling iron.


Gatsby Hairstyle with Scarf


Hair accessories and jewelry are an essential part of the Gatsby style. Sassy headbands, scarves, Alice bands, slides and jewelry add a touch of the extraordinary to every hairstyle.


Tools: Fancy, eccentric, colorful and even glittery hair accessories and jewelry – everything is allowed.


Gatsby-Style Voluminous Updo


Classic updos piled up high on the crown of the head were also a fashionable 1920s hairstyle favorite. This hairstyle is suitable for theme parties as well as for the work environment.


Tools: Volumizing powder and hair pins.


The Glamorous, Sparkling and Eccentric Gatsby Style


Actress Louise Brooks made the short bob popular. Countless women imitated her style. Even today, 1920s hair trends inspire our hairstyle choices. Coco Chanel’s ‘little black dress’ is still part of almost every modern woman’s wardrobe. In the Roaring Twenties, the demure little black dress was just the backdrop for long chains, sparkling accessories and sassy hair jewelry. Use any of these style elements to bring the 1920s back to life. Give your creativity free reign for a ‘Great Gatsby’ theme party or use select 1920s style elements and hairstyles to spice up work days.


From Gatsby Style to Flapper


Genuine flappers own at least some of these fashion items and accessories: sequins, man-style shoes, fringes, silk stockings, and dresses with low waists. The affluent Great Gatsby certainly appreciated stylish decadence. Gatsby girls are free to wear opulent jewelry and extravagant accessories. Makeup for the Gatsby style should be elegant with subtle complexion, cherry-red lips, wide eyelid lines and glittering eye shadow.


Tip: For modern workaday retro-style versions, select either 1920s fashion or a Gatsby hairstyle.