1940’s hairstyles – Memorable Women’s Pompadours
The Pompadour hairstyle was named after the secretary and mistress of the French king Louis XV in the mid 18th century, a certain Jeanne Antoinette Poisson. Otherwise known as Madame De Pompadour. The hairstyle was a great favorite of the upper classes, and were worn by both men and women. The style fell from favor, along with a few heads, thanks to the French revolution.
Memorable Women’s Pompadours of the 1940’s
Early 1940’s hairstyles began to go retro. Women’s pompadours quickly becoming hugely popular. Many Hollywood actresses adopted the Gibson Girl look. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites. By the end of the war, it was all Victory Rolls !
The pompadour hairstyle fell out of vogue in the early 1910’s, only to disappear again until the early war years of the 1940’s. Hollywood’s obsession with period costume dramas played a role in bringing the volume to women’s hair.
More 1940’s Women’s Pompadours
In the USA, when actress Veronica Lake tied up her hair in a demonstration film for female factory workers, she soon had the whole nation eagerly reaching for the pins to affect up swept hairdos.
Pin curls with loose waves were the basis for oodles of rolled hairstyles.Women began saving the hair that collected in their hair brush, stuffing it into a stocking to create the Gibson Girl style hair rat.
The basic pompadour was created by gathering the front section of the hair, back combing a little for volume. Twist it backwards to touch the crown of the head and push it forward to get that classic pompadour bang or swirl.
This was fixed over the rat with bobby pins. A great example of a basic pomp is created here by Glamourdaze’s Tia Semer. The full tutorial will feature in an up and coming make-up and hairstyle tutorial book called Vintage Beauty.
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