This hairstyle is often credited to Marcel Grateau for his expertise and for inventing this technique. Marcel wave is a deep work using hot curling tongs to give hair well defined and deep waves. This style is also similar to that of finger waves except that Marcel wave is more highly styled and, as modelled by Jean Harlow proved to be fresher and more sophisticated.

PIN CURLS (1936)

Pin curls is a hairstyle with an intricate technique. Wearers of such hairstyle took more time to properly accomplish it as each piece has got to be twirled into a circle to achieve the curl. However, the degree of effort put in the process may be too much. Take the girl in the photo as an example, you’ll see it is worth the effort.


This less curly hairstyle will have some of your hair rolled into a neat silhouette. Like this photo of Dorothy Lamour, among other actresses, who endorsed this hairstyle, and it’s just classy. As seen in the old movies, it’s just hard to believe that women had time to wear their hair like this casually. But well, once upon a time, women wore it in this fashion and to this degree.



Like Billie Holiday in the photo, many women in this year wore their hair up and topped it with flowers. The iconic singer was credited for making this popular hairstyle back in the day. She would always be seen wearing the hairstyle elegantly and accenting in with white gardenias.


This hairdo was famously worn by Dorothy of the 1938’s popular play, Wizard of Oz. Since then, it has become young ladies’ hairstyle that lived on even up to the 90s. Judy Garland received good credits for her famous role as Dorothy and also should be credited for her help in popularizing this curly pigtail look.

HALF-UPDO (1940)

Scarlett O’Hara is Vivien Leigh’s famous portrayal in Gone with the Wind. In the photo, she features this throwback of a Southern belle look where only half of her hair on the side are rolled-back up. It’s the perfect hairdo in achieving a degree of fierce and determined look and yet still have that classy feminine touch.

SNOODS (1941)

There was a time back in the ’40s when this hairdo was worn widely by women. It was most adhered to back in the World War II by women who were employed in factories. This headpiece, which is made of cloth or yarn, was worn to hold back women’s hair away from their neck, keeping their hair nice and tidy. Today, we have the hairnet made for women in certain industries where their companies made it one of their investments to have these nets on ready supply for their women workers or employees.


Betty Grable credits for popularizing this hairstyle a degree higher with bold blonde hair, fun fashion, and red lipstick. She is not one who is content to keep things basic as with this pin curls, which she paired with finger waves too. What fun and a darling to see her rock this do and make it all easy too.


For this sexy hairstyle that screams curious mystery, we have Veronica Lake to thank and credit for. She has made this look of hiding one eye behind loose wavy hair so popular back in the day and most definitely still one of the hairstyles some females both popular or not would go for today. Lake has helped ushered that in, being a woman at the forefront of fashion and cinema back in those days.


These soft and delicate curls and waves go well even with thick bangs and long bobs. Although something rarely preferred nowadays, there’s no doubt that this hairstyle has been one of the classiest and most worn, especially by the rich and famous back then. See how Barbara Stanwyck gives this look life, definitely worth the credit for.