Side bangs with bob, circa 1922

A showgal’s dramatic ‘do … Anastasia was one of the the Ziegfeld Girls for five years running… all the talk of Broadway.


A lustrous wave

Divine––the line of her lips coincides with the wave of her hair.

A closer look:

Short bang ‘do, circa 1929

LuLu showing the gents a smooth pour of brown plaid in Pandora’s Box

Unreal! Louise Brooks hits on all sixes as LuLu with her cheekbone-short, black, sleek bangs style in the 1929 German silent film Pandora’s Box. The bold cut commands attention from every Dick, Tom & Drugstore Cowboy–– and LuLu’s happy to have it, long as they cough up some dough. What a vamp she is. A real bearcat.

A lady can spend the whole film envying this ‘do and watching it move. LuLu shakes her head back and forth, back and forth, over and over  when her lover shows up with his fiancée at LuLu’s cabaret just before she is to dance. I declare she casts a real kitten! Is it her tousled bob, then, that convinces her sugar daddy to dump his heiress fiancée (and her perfect golden finger waves, I might add) and marry a vulgar stage performer?

This film caused quite a ruckus back in my day. They wouldn’t show it at the local theatres, of course. When I finally got my stickies on it, I could see why. LuLu makes her fair share of whoopee, and isn’t sorry for it either.

It’s also said to be the first screen portrayal of a lesbian, who is stuck on LuLu, and can you really blame her?

The groom cuts in on broad & bride

Marcel wave

Signed: Cordially, Mary Pickford.

America’s Sweetheart, Pickford wore this ‘do at one point. (We’ll look at other of her styles later on, never fret.)  Must’ve been after heated curling irons were circulating, for that was the technology required for this style. Francois Marcel invented this ‘do, and I prefer its earlier name, “Undulation Marcel.”

The style requires a waved curl, not a curly curl. Marcel developed his own irons for this look. If one of my dear readers were to come across an original patented Marcel iron from the early 1900s, she should grab it up immediately, for they are rare.

But there’s more. Marcel developed a permanent waving machine–– Yes, that’s right: the real, first perms were becoming chic in the early 1900s among those who could afford it. It wasn’t until the  1980s that everyone could afford it and all the young girls wanted one (a particular low point in women’s history). Also, it was turned into a chemical process rather than simply using a hair iron, which of course wasn’t as permanent as the more permanent perms of the 1980s. Nevermind this. History repeats, but always with a twist.

Marcel’s break in the States didn’t come until he’d waved actress Jane Hading‘s locks. He eventually acquired great wealth due to his several hair iron developments and patents, and he retired to a 500-acre estate. Well, I do declare. He was a man of hair.

Tutorial published in 1923

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Finger wave

Someone’s now-grandmother wearing the style in the 1920s, Kansas City, Missouri

Quite a classic indeed. I like to wear it myself. The finger wave is accomplished with gel on wet hair, and, of course, the index finger, should you have one. It is best done on short hair, and it is strictly a ladies’ style, God forbid it be otherwise.

A most masterful finger wave

There exists a rather crass tutorial by a young Canadian lady, although I do say she gives a good lesson in the technique. A lady with longer hair can even wear this style; she’ll just need to pin it up in the back or set some elegant pin curls up.

Do wear it with class and composure, ladies, for it requires nothing less.

1930s tutorial

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