1940’s Style – The Top 10 Hairstyles 1940

The Top 10 Hairstyles 1940 as by the Paramount’s hairstyle and makeup departments:

The Best hairstyles of 1940 and who wore them

Barbara-Stanwyck hairstyle 1940
The Lady Eve 1940

Barbara Stanwycks’ Long bob Sheba Curve. Scarlett O’Hara period chignon and snood. Dorothy Lamour’s pompadour. Paulette Goddard and Bette Davis’s coronet hairstyles. Joan Crawford’s pin curl hair. Claudette Colbert’s short bob. Carmen Miranda’s h.air dress. Ann Sheridan’s middy hairstyles. Olivia de Havilland’s up-swept hairstyles.

Barbara Stanwyck introduced the outstanding hairstyle of 1940. Members of Paramount’s hairstyle and makeup departments came up with the poll. They chose the top 10 hairstyle of 1940.

Miss Stanwyck’s long bob hairstyle was created for The Lady Eve, and introduces something entirely new —the Sheba curve. It is the longest bob ever worn by a star, measuring 16 inches from crown to tip. Miss Stanwyck has been training her hair for the past five years to attain the unusual length.

Vivien Leigh

Scarlett O Hara
The Scarlett O Hara hairstyle, as worn by Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara chignon hairstyle for Gone With the Wind 1939, which pointed the way to period styles for evening wear as well as a renewed interest in the hair snood.

Dorothy Lamour

the pompadour 1940
The pompadour hairstyle of 1940, as worn by Dorothy Lamour

The pompadour as worn by Dorothy Lamour. Her hair creation for Road to Singapore 1940.  It has influenced the current popularity of the pompadour for women.

Paulette Goddard

Paulette Goddard hairstyle in 1940
Top 10 hairstyles 1940. Paulette Goddard in Second Chorus.

Paulette Goddard’s orchid-trim-med braided coronet for the Second Chorus movie , which first capitalized on the South American influence. This hairstyle was originated by Dolores Del Rio. who taught it to Miss Goddard for introduction in that picture.

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford - top hairstyle of 1940
One of the top hairstyles of 1940. Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford’s three pin curl hair styles in Susan and God.They’re novel because her clothes were evolved to go with the hair styles, instead of the usual reverse.

Claudette Colbert

Claudette Colbert - short bob hairstyle 1940
Claudette Colbert’s quirky bob with bangs. Pictured with Ray Milland in 1940

Claudette Colbert’s bangs and shaped-to-the-head short bob for Arise My Love, because, although not new with her, it is being copied by women now for the first time.

Carmen Miranda

Carmen Miranda - hairstyle 1940
That unforgettable headdress. Carmen Miranda in Down Argentine Way 1940

Carmen Miranda‘s wonderful hair dress, rather than a hairstyle, in Down Argentine Way.The most exotic of the year and actually too extreme for the average woman to copy, but it’s so much fun to look at.

Ann Sheridan

Ann Sheridan - hairstyle of 1940

Ann Sheridan‘s varying middy cut hairstyles for several pictures in 1940 are all beautiful.  The best all around good grooming of the year for glamour girls.

Bette Davis

Bette Davis - hairstyles 1940

Bette Davis. Her hairstyle in The Letter, which set the extreme coronet mode with its roll entirely around the head.

Olivia de Havilland


Olivia de Havilland’s novel sophisticated up swept hairstyle, for The Santa Fe Trail.

That’s all !
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