Women’s Hair in the Second World War

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    1940’s hairstyles were about elegance, sophistication, and yes, Victory Rolls. Many of the looks popular during this decade took hours to achieve, representing ultimate glamor. 

Vintage 1940′s Hairstyles – Women’s Hair Safety in the Second World War.

As women took to the factory and to the plough and tractor during the war years – hairstyles – by necessity  were tied up in scarves or Turbans, cut to shorter lengths or pinned up in the many and various rolls known as Victory Hairstyle. What became known as the Rosie the Riveter look, was daily wear for both Factory girls and the famous Land Girls.

The following safety consious ‘ Victory’ Hairstyles were hugely popular.

  • The Vingle –  [ consisting of four partings,  forming V shapes ].
  • The Victory Roll -A woman parted her hair to suit her face shape the best  [ either a centre part, side part or extreme side part !]. Then she rolled her hair up over foam Hair Rats – which were made from rolled up shed hair [ yes it sounds yickh but it worked ! ]. Then she positioned to her taste and secured with Bobby Pins. Et Voila !
  • The Turban equalised people of all means and social backgrounds. Starting as a simple safety  precaution to prevent hair entangling in machinery at the factory or in the farm, the usual resourcefulness of the female sex quickly turned it into a fashion accessory, in much the same way that Turbans and Headscarves do for women who undergo chemotherapy these days.

reference: http://glamourdaze.com/2010/04/1940s-fashion-womens-hairstyles-during.html


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