1920s Hairstyles for your type

Vintage guide to hairdos for your face shape –


Another browse through the 1926 personal style book “Making the most of your looks, by Dorothy Stote” brings us the hairstyles !

Begin with your forehead. If it is smooth and unlined, if your expression is calm and unperturbed, then provided you like the severe arrangement that pulls the hair straight back and exposes the brow, you may try this style. Otherwise, it will be better to wear your hair over the forehead. But how?


For eyes that are too small, the hair should be worn low on the forehead, or with a bang or fringe. With a triangular face and broad high forehead, the hair should be slanted across the temples to lessen breadth, and to give even proportion

Well, if your face is too triangular, with a broad high forehead and pointed chin, slant your hair across your temples so as to lessen the breadth and give more even proportions. You can come pretty close to controlling the shape of your entire face by the way you do your hair.

You can exert an amazing influence on your eyes with one of the new 1920s coiffures. Are they too small for real beauty? Then wear your hair low, or with a bang or fringe almost touching your eyebrows. ( some mascaro will help small eyes to be more prominent !). You will be surprised to see how this will increase the interest and size of the eyes. Try this, then pull the hair straight back from the forehead and notice the difference.


For a neck that is too long and thin, the hair is best when coiled in a low knot. When the features are small and fine, the hair should follow the contours of the face and head like a sleek cap.

Is your face too round? Curve your hair well out on your cheeks to conceal some of the surface. With this, and with your rouge placed some distance from the nose, you materially reduce facial circumference. With a round face the hair should never be parted in the middle, but should have, rather, a side parting, and should be worn well off the forehead.

Or is your face too long and thin? Then you will want to draw your hair back softly and dress it low at the sides. This helps to round out the contours.
If your neck is long and thin, wear your hair low in the back, so as to take up some of that length. If it is short and thick, keep the hair away from it.


A V shaped cut at the back gives a slenderizing line to a too thick neck.

Small fine features are almost lost sight of, when coupled with a fluffy coiffure. But hair that follows the contours of the face and head like a sleek cap will give full play to such features and bring them into much greater importance.

With the many short hairstyles of the 1920s, there is no excuse for having an unbecoming bob. But before you go to have your hair cut off, or before you go the next time to get it trimmed if it is already short, have a conference with the frankest of friends, the ever faithful mirror !


A – The hair should be cut short at the sides if the face is too full and round. B – If the face is long and thin, it is better to have the hair fairly long at the sides.

Shall you have your hair cut V shape in the back? If your neck is too thick, pray do. That point is slenderizing, and gives a nice line to a thick neck. Remember also that for a thick neck, the sides of your hair should be kept fluffy, and for a thin neck, the ends should be plain and close to the face.

With a full face the hair should be cut quite short on the sides, for this will help to take away from an undesirable roundness, but if your face is long and thin, the longer your hair is cut at the sides the less noticeable this facial length will be. What about bangs? They are becoming to certain types, but not to all. A high forehead may have them, a low forehead may even be improved with a short bang, but the round fat face will seldom gain anything by the addition of a fringe or bang.

That’s all !
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