1920’s Hairstyles and Hair Decorations

Throughout 1925 the shingle and close-clipped bobs became increasingly popular, each week seeing new fans take up the fashion. Most women sought expert advice and unbiased opinions before getting their hair cut short.

In 1925, the size of the head, its shape, and the amount of hair were matters that had to be considered so that a successful and becoming bobbed hair arrangement was achieved. The hair was dressed so that the head didn’t appear too large nor too small when compared to the rest of the figure, the balance of the figure being the effect for which women strived.

Styling and decoration that exemplified the period expressed by evening gowns was used to enhance plain bobs and shingle hairstyles for evening activities. Medium to long hair was styled in a long flat roll at the base of the neck. The hair-line following the contour of the head and the long roll, or chignon, gave the effect of the bob.

A back band of flat hand-made roses and petals in the various pastel shades was used for adornment. The centers of the roses were finished with tiny glass beads.

Using this same type of hair arrangement, girls with a round face found the tiara-effect head-dress very pleasing. Tiny hand-made flowers of ombre chiffon in rose colors finished at each ear with a large rose of the chiffon surrounded with gold petals on a wide band of silver ribbon was used to construct the tiara. An elastic strip of was often used across the back under the coil of hair.

The standard bob was enhanced by the girlishly simple but smart all-around bandeau effect. A fashionable bandeau was constructed from a band of No 9 gold ribbon with three hand-made, silk orchids and green leaves appliqued across the front. A small piece of elastic was used under the flower and the bandeau slipped down over the head or the band could be fastened at one side with a snap under the rose.

The extremely popular shingle cut, with a wide, natural-looking wave, was very popular. This effect may be imitated with long hair, by dividing the front and the back hair at the ears, coiling the back portion close to the head high at the back, and then combing the front portion over it, swirling this around and tucking the end in low at one side, as for the French twist.

GOLD lame was used for a head-dress which consists of a 2-inch band studded with rhinestones and finished at each side with a generous-size hand-made poppy, also studded with the brilliants.

Adapted from the Grecian, another style of head-dress consisted of two bands of gold ribbon outlined with narrower silk ribbon in contrasting colors.

Following years would see a rapid uptake of finger waves, as finger waving suited the shorter close cut bobs that became the fashion.

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