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How to Do Hairstyles of the 1940s

Updated February 21, 2017

Hairstyles in the 1940s were glamorous, intricate and took much time to execute. Today, modern styling tools make it easier create these classic hairdos. With some practice, you'll be able to easily copy hairstyles of the 1940s for an elegant and graceful look at a prom, a dance or other formal event.

Wash and conditioner hair. Gently comb out your hair with your fingers. Apply a quarter-sized amount of gel into your palm and evenly distribute it throughout your hair.

Divide your hair into small 1-inch sections. Twist each section tightly around your forefinger, winding it close to your scalp. Pin each coil in place.

Place a soft towel or a scarf around your head and tie it in place. Sleep on it. If you're in a hurry, blow dry your hair thoroughly until it is completely dry. Remove each pin and very carefully finger comb and sculpt your hair into waves. You can brush your hair very lightly, but you must be careful not to brush all the curls out.

Part clean hair on the side with a comb. Make sure you've created a clean, perfect division. Take the hair on the left side of the part and brush it so it is smooth and tangle free.

Hold this section of hair up in the exact middle of the section. Roll the end of the section around and around your finger, until you have a tight coil.

Roll that tight coil inward until a cylindrical section of hair rests against your scalp. Pin it in place with three hair clips. Spray it securely with hairspray. Brush out the hair that rests against your back.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair gel
  • Hair clips
  • Scarf
  • Comb
  • Brush
  • Hairspray
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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."