Retro Hairdos - 1890's to 1980's

Late 1800's - Early 1900's


The Gibson Girl

Charles Dana Gibson (September 14, 1867 – December 23, 1944) was an American graphic artist, best known for his creation of the Gibson Girl, an iconic representation of the beautiful and independent American woman at the turn of the 20th century.

The Gibson Girl image that appeared in the 1890s combined elements of older American images of female beauty, such as the "fragile lady" and the "voluptuous women". From the "fragile lady" she took the basic slender lines, and a sense of respectability. From the "voluptuous women" she took a large bust and hips, but was not vulgar or lewd, as previous images of women with large busts and hips had been depicted. From this combination emerged the Gibson Girl, who was tall and slender, yet with ample bosom, hips and buttocks. She had an exaggerated S-curve torso shape achieved by wearing a swan-bill corset. Images of her epitomized the late 19th- and early 20th-century Western preoccupation with youthful features and ephemeral beauty. Her neck was thin and her hair piled high upon her head in the contemporary bouffant, pompadour, and chignon ("waterfall of curls") fashions. The statuesque, narrow-waisted ideal feminine figure was portrayed as being at ease and stylish.

She was a member of upper class society, always perfectly dressed in the latest fashionable attire appropriate for the place and time of day. The Gibson Girl was also one of the new, more athletic shaped women, who could be found cycling through Central Park, often exercised and was emancipated to the extent that she could enter the workplace. In addition to the Gibson Girl's refined beauty, in spirit, she was calm, independent, confident, and sought personal fulfillment. She could be depicted attending college and vying for a good mate, but she would never have participated in the suffrage movement. - Beauty Bloomers thanks Wikipedia

Young Teens


     1920's Hairdos
Art of Finger Waving

Originally published in 1930, this rare book contains very detailed instructions and illustrations for recreating the fantastic long and short hair finger wave styles of the 1920s and 1930s. 

Art deco has long been associated with uncompromising style and sophistication, and this guide to re-creating the sassy, controversial styles of the 1920s and 1930s offers a glimpse back at the hairstyles of this era. The instructions needed to replicate these fashions on the modern woman—from the controversial bob of the Roaring Twenties flapper to the luxurious finger waves of Hollywood’s early screen stars—are provided, and the techniques behind Marcel and water waves, the simple bob, Eton and shingle cuts, and many more are also included.





1930's Hair




1940's Hair

Creative Hairshaping and Hairstyling

Originally published in 1947, this rare hairstyling book will teach you how to roll, curl and wave your way to recreating fantastic 1940s hairstyles! The author was a hairdressing expert and designed this book with comprehensive instructions and over 200 demonstrative illustrations of the techniques used to style hair in the 1940s. Considered a textbook for beauty culture schools, practicing hairstylists and the average woman wanting to do her own hairstyling, this book is an informative learning guide.

Vintage Hairstyling

There was something very special and beautiful about women in the early- to mid-20th century. The way they dressed was elegant and the way they wore their hair was feminine. This book shows how to create so many of those hairstyles by taking hairstyles from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s and breaking them down into simple, easy-to-follow instructions. It uses brand new photographs and detailed directions. Not only a manual, it is also fun to read.


Hair Rats

To create the bouffant retro bang or hair roll, you need a rat! Women used to make their own out of hair they pulled from their hairbrush. Now you can buy foam ones in every hair color.



How to do Victory Rolls

1.Make a center parting and section the front of the hair.

2.Back comb the front sections at the root slightly to add volume.

3.Brush out some of the back combing you put in and take one section. 

4.Start twisting the hair back in on itself into a roll. Use your fingers to create the roll shape. 

5.Pin into place and set with hair spray.
With thanks to and Sophie Grant at Lockonego, Frankie Neal make-up 

 Victory Roll Hairstyle Printable Version

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1950's Hair Design-Waving, Shaping and Curl Patterns
for 1950s Hairstyles

Originally published in the 1950s, this rare hairstyling book contains detailed instructions and illustrations for creating those fabulous retro looks. 1950s hairstyles combined a shorter haircut with specific curl patterns to achieve different looks -- with the comb out being imperative for creating smooth flowing locks. This book shows you how to do it all. to Handle Long Hair -
Recreating Glamorous 1950s Hairstyles

Originally published in 1954, this rare book contains detailed instructions and illustrations for recreating the glamorous, movie-star long hairstyles of the 1950s. Short hair styles were all the rage in the 1950s, so hairstyle instruction books specifically for long hair are hard to find.

Pin Curls and Pixie Cuts
How to Set Pin Curls
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