Women's 40s & 50s Hair Cut Styles

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Women's 40s & 50s Hair Cut Styles
Women often wore hats to conceal bad haircuts. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

The '40s and '50s eluded glamour and romance in their hairstyles. Set in an era where hairdryers, curling irons and flat irons did not exist, women took to using minimal supplies to create luxurious styles that looked effortless and chic. Recreate the styles that icons, such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, made famous during the '40s and '50s with different haircut options.

The Pixie Haircut

Style your hair to resemble Audrey Hepburn's famous hairdo by cutting the pixie. The shortly cropped hairdo was cut just above the ears, and layered for a wispy look. The face-framing fringe ranged from extremely short, just an inch from the root, to the middle of the forehead. Occasionally, women would create pin curls in their hair to give the pixie finger waves or remain as tightly wound curls. In addition to styling the cut, women often wore hair accessories such as headbands, hats and feathers over the pixie style.

The Bob Haircut

The bob, which was originally made famous in the '20s, was slightly longer in the '40s and '50s. Women began to grow their hair out to create intricate hairstyles with pin curls and barrel curls. Marilyn Monroe was known for her famous short, blonde locks that were always curled. To recreate her famous look, simply place pin curls, or barrel curlers, throughout the hair before bed. In the morning, undo the curls and style with your fingers to create large, soft waves and curls throughout your head.

Shoulder-Length Haircut

The shoulder-length haircut was an in-between stage for many women trying to grow their hair out to a longer length. However, women, such as Sandra Dee, took to styling medium-length hair throughout the '40s and into the '50s with pin curls, hair clips and hairbrushes. Famous '40s hairstyles for the medium-length bob include victory rolls, barrel curls with tunnel curls and the Rockabilly hairstyle.

Long, Layered Haircut

Let your hair grow out to take recreate some of the most famous hairstyles of both the '40s and the '50s. Longer hair was layered throughout the entire style and along the face for a face-framing look. This style allowed women to pull their hair into a ponytail for an easy style, or barrel curl their hair at night and pin the hair into a Rockabilly style. Women also wore the peek-a-boo bang style, which was made by parting the fringe to one side and rolling the fringe in a large barrel curl. In addition, the rest of the hair was rolled before bed. In the morning, the barrel curls came out and women used their fingers to style the hair. The peek-a-boo gathers the name because the curled fringe hang over one eye to give the illusion of one eye peeking out.

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