1940s Hair Styling Inspiration

It’s Sunday. I was meant to do a 1940s photo shoot today, but it’s raining. Yup, rain in the desert. It rains 10 days a year here, and I manage to schedule photo shoots on all of them.

So the photo shoot is delayed, but that just gives me more time to play with 1940s hair ideas. Here’s what I’ve been pinning…

Digitalt Museum – click through

My model, like me, has very fine hair. The challenge will be to get the fluff and volume that 1940s styles demand without wet setting her hair (time unfortunately does not allow) – the work will have to be done with heat, which is always a risk with fine hair, and effects the final look of the style too. Therefore I’m leaning towards an updo with smooth rolls rather than a fluffy, girlish style.

Rosalind Russel in a “happy pompadour.” This is an easy style to do and we can put the back fluff up in a french twist. via
Off-center victory rolls and a smooth roll in the back, looks like. This is a good style for the type of hat I have, too. via

My plan is to get as much curl into the model’s hair as I can with a curling iron, then tease and smooth. I have a nifty little hat to cover the back of the head, so most of the styling will be in the front of the hair, which holds plenty of possibilities with victory rolls and pompadour options.

Wish me luck!


  • AuntieNan

    April 11, 2016 at 2:32 AM

    I had luck with top curls that I pinned into place by setting the hair in perm curlers with plenty of product, then easing them out once the hair was curled. I had "rats" of old washed combings that I could use as a foundation to fill in as I smoothed the top layer over it. The matching color was a big help. Asymmetrical should look terrific with one of your swell hats!
    Good luck!
    Nancy N

  • Renee

    April 11, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    I too have fine hair. I've found that using dry shampoo (even on clean hair) gives you a little extra body to work with. Mine will actually hold a curl!
    Good luck with the shoot!

  • PinhouseP

    April 30, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Oh how I love these classic pincurl sets! If I could only do them on myself…
    I went to hairdresser school ages and ages ago, and we had an elderly stern lady as a teacher. She was a pincurl wiz, and could do all these wonderful styles (and the proper cuts for them). I've wanted a removable head since, 'cause there is no way I can control my arms in a mirror to do my own set 😛 Can't wait to see what you do!

  • 1940s Fashion Dresses

    August 29, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Really nice photos and ideas. Would you mind sharing what came out if this "experiment"? I am trying to put together a decent amount of info on 1940s hair.

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