1920s hairdos for longer hair

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1920s hairdos for longer hair
While bobs became popular in the 1920s, some women still wore their hair in longer styles. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

The changing nature of women's hairstyles caused immense controversy in the 1920s. Free-spirited women of the era exchanged long, pinned-up styles for short, modern hairdos such as the bob. Still, some women kept up with the evolving fashions without eschewing their long locks. If you have long hair but want to recreate a 1920s hairdo to complement a costume or favourite outfit, try one of these selected styles for longer hair.

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The Coiffure

This style lets you imitate the look of a bob or shingle cut -- two styles in vogue throughout the 1920s -- without having to cut your hair. Roll the ends of your hair around a narrow scarf or other hair-wrapping tool. Continue rolling your hair around the scarf toward your neck. Use pins to secure the roll at the nape of your neck and tuck in the ends of the scarf. Find a 1920s-style headband to wrap around the front of your head to complete this look.

Pinned Curls

Add a 1920s flair to a simple curly updo with the addition of a wide satin scarf. Begin by arranging medium-length or long curly hair in a messy bun at the crown of your head. If you have fringe, leave them curled and swooped to the side on your forehead. Take a colourful scarf and place it behind your head beneath your pinned-up curls. Wrap the ends over your head, so that they cross at the top, and back down toward the nape of your neck. Tuck the ends of the scarf into your hair and secure them with pins. Complement this look with large earrings and dramatic eye make-up.

Wavy Bun

Women in the 1920s who chose not to cut their hair might wear it in a low bun to formal events, adding soft waves around the face for a modern edge. Recreate this style by arranging the top half of your hair in finger waves using an online guide. Pull the bottom portion of your hair into a low knot or bun and secure it with pins. Add a 1920s style headband to this look or jewelled barrettes.

Imitation Boy Cut

If you have medium-length hair, you can mimic the super-short look favoured by women in the late 1920s by pinning your hair flat against your head. Divide your hair into two sections, creating a horizontal part beneath the crown of your head. Twist or roll the bottom section of hair and pin it against your scalp as flat as possible. Cover the pinned section with the remainder. Fold and tuck the ends of the top portion of your hair over the bottom half and pin them in place. Disguise the hair by wrapping a scarf or bandeau around your head.

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