The 1920s Flapper Hairstyle Revolution !

1920s Flapper Hairstyle Revolution

Bobbed hair was first made popular by dancer Irene Castle, as far back as 1916, is the definitive hairstyle look for the 1920s. Known as the Castle Bob it was simply a tousled straight round cut that was level with the lobes of the ears. As the 1920s advanced, it became synonymous with the flapper look. To wear your hair short was a major statement by a woman, one of independence.

The hair revolution took off so much that Scott Fitzgerald, the author of the Great Gatsby, wrote a short story called Bernice bobs her hair which tells the story of a girls transformation from sweet society girl to vamp !
Bernice became a role model for many young flapper women.

In Paris, fashion designer Coco Chanel had her locks cropped. Young Hollywood stars such as Colleen Moore and  Louise Brooks took the page boy look, also known as the ” Dutch Bob ” This is probably the most definitive and iconic bobbed hairstyle remembered today.

The New York Times reported in 1924 that thousands of women of all ages were invading the traditional mens  barbers and demanding the new cuts !

Fingerwaved or Shingle bobs became very popular and soon hairdressers were falling over themselves
to come up with the next New Hair Look. By the late 1920s the Eton Crop was a dominant cut.
The differences between the Orchid Bob, Eton Crop, Brushed Back Bob, Tousled Frizy Bob, The Shingle and all the other popular haircuts for women in the 1920’s was not exactly easy to tell, other than that they were all generally influenced by taking a pair of scissors to the once cherished long locks of a woman. It was a big decision, as the soft condition engendered by long hair could never really be reversed.
Thanks to Photo Detective for these wonderful images of 1920s hairstyles

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  1. Sometimes I think it would be great if my face shape were more accommodating to shorter hairstyles, as posts like this wonderful look back at 20s era styles really makes me long to try out a cute Flapper-esque bob.

    Thank you very much for your lovely blog comment today. Like yourself, I've often wondered as well about when the word vintage made the leap from wine to fashion (and by extension, all things old, but not quite old enough to be antique). I'll look into this and perhaps even do a future Chronically Vintage post on the topic.

    Wishing you a marvelous Thursday, my friend!