The Styles of Wigs in the 1940s

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If you are aiming to channel the 1940s, your wig should be representative of that era. Women were quite creative with their hair during this period, such as the popular cuts of Lauren Bacall and Veronica Lake. Most women wore their hair relatively long and curled.


Keep in mind that many women went to work in factories during the 1940s because most of the men were serving in the armed forces during World War II. Obviously, they had to keep their hair out of their faces and free of entanglements with factory equipment so many wore scarves over their heads. Buy a wig that is typical of this era and then wrap it in a scarf or bandanna.

Up-Do, Chignon

Purchase a wig that is an up-do. The style should be smooth at the crown so a hat could be easily worn over it. The chignon was also in vogue during the 1940s. Find a wig that has the hair pinned at a knot at the base of the neck.

Pin Curls

Pin curls were all the rage in the 1940s. The result was a curly do. Often the pin curls were put around the front of the face so that when they were removed the curls framed the face. Find a wig that sports ringlets.

Omelette Fold

Another style that hearkens back to the 1940s is the omelette fold hairdo, which entailed parting the hair at the back and then criss-crossing the hair to create folds.

Pomp or Side Waves

A wig style that would be fitting is the high waved pomp. The pomp is a mound of hair that is poofed up on top of the head at the front. A wig featuring side waves or waved side rolls would be appropriate.

Marcel Waves

Marcel waves were also popular in the 1940s. This hair style was named after Marcel Grateau, a French hairdresser, who created the technique of waving the hair using continuous waves by using special irons.

Victory Roll

Find a wig that features a victory roll. A portion of the hair is left hanging down in back after being curled on pin curls, while a bunch of hair on the right and left sides is brushed upward, secured and then curled using the fingers, making a roll, that is pinned in place. You can sport a roll on each side of your head.

Peek-a-boo Bangs

If you want to channel Veronica Lake, look for a wig with a peek-a-boo bang. A hank of hair hangs over one eye or another, which is quite sexy and suggestive looking.

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