1940s Curls

By Amber Katz

Old Hollywood screen siren Veronica Lake made waves famous in her heyday -- she’s perhaps the most well known inspiration for 1940s curls. Today, style icons Dita Von Teese and Scarlett Johansson have made shampoo-and-set visits to the salon mainstream again; they are now a red carpet standby. Recently seen on Kate Bosworth and Jessica Alba, 1940s curls are the quintessence of glamour and can work on a variety of lengths and textures.

The key to this style is bounce and shine. “Since the hair was set, it will maintain a beautiful curl that can be brushed out and manipulated into a pinned-up glamorous shape,” says Sally Hershberger stylist Matthew Fugate. The glossed, deliberate wave is timeless and can be worn to formal events or slightly tousled for a more casual look.

To recreate this vintage look, set your hair in hot rollers, using a deep side part. After the curls cool, brush out your mane to soften the look and place strands where you’d like them to fall.


Amber Katz is the founder and editor of Beauty Blogging Junkie, a pop-culture infused beauty blog. She contributes regularly to the New York Press and GirlfriendGetaways.com about must-have hair and beauty products.
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