Wig Styles From the 1930s

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Wig Styles From the 1930s
Wig history goes back millennia. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Wigs have a history that goes back to early civilisations. In ancient Egypt, people wore wigs to protect their bald heads --- another early fashion --- from the North African sun. Over time, wigs became a symbol of wealth and high social status, since only the affluent could afford them. Today, wigs are worn as protection and as styles in themselves. The 1930s saw the emergence of memorable wig styles, such as the finger wave, the Joanne and the Betty Boop.

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The Finger Wave Wig

The finger wave wig was a well-known style during the 1930s. It has a wavy pattern from the root to the tip of the hair. The hair on the wig lies flat to the scalp. A few finger-wave style wigs had volume, but most didn't. If you wore a wig in the '30s, you had a choice between a lot of waves or waves only near the sides of the wig.

The Joanne Flapper-Style Wig

The Joanne wig resembles a bob with fringe. The hair comes down near the ear on the sides and reaches the nape in back. The Joanne is a bone-straight wig with no curls. It is cut so that the hair on the sides forms a "C" shape, which brings out your cheekbones. This cut was the trademark of silent film star Louise Brooks.

The Betty Boop Wig

The name of this wig conjures a mental image of the cartoon character's distinctive hairstyle. The Betty Boop wig is very short and looks flat and slick. The sides share the "C" shape of the Joanne, and the front falls on the forehead. This style is great if you like to emphasise your facial features because it doesn't cover much of your face.

The Shirley Temple Wig

The Shirley Temple wig is linked to the famous child actress of the 1930s, Shirley Temple. Just like the actress's hair, this wig has drop curls. The curls are golden blond, full and thick, though not long. They stop at the neck.

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