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Get the Look: 1920's

I've been posting different hairstyles from the decades as part of my #100HairDays challenge. The roaring 1920’s was all about high drama and glamour.  I want to share how I got this look!

The bob was created in the 1920's and finger waves were added to the hairstyle to soften the look. Finger waves are the shaping or molding of the hair while wet into "s"-shaped curved undulations with the fingers and comb. Women cut their locks into a bob to have more of a boyish look, which went against the long, full hair associated with femininity before the 1920's. By the end of the decade, it is estimated that over 95 percent of American women had short hair!

women cut off their hair in favor of a more boyish look, playing with notions of femininity.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_6641472_did-cut-hair-become-flappers_.html
women cut off their hair in favor of a more boyish look, playing with notions of femininity.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_6641472_did-cut-hair-become-flappers_.html

What You Need:

  • Thick Hair Gel
  • Styling Comb

Step 1: Your hair should be damp but not sopping wet. Comb a good amount of thick hair gel through your hair and evenly distribute it. Make sure your hair is completely clean before doing this.

Step 2: Create a deep side part, on whichever side you prefer.

Step 3: Start by creating your waves on the side of your part with more hair. Lay your middle finger flat (horizontally) across your hair; then taking your comb and pressing it against the side of the finger. Drag the comb (teeth straight down) sideways (horizontally) along your finger until you create a ridge or a "C" shaped curve.  

Step 4: Shift your middle finger back (horizontally) to continue building this ridge toward the back of your head. You will end up with one horizontal ridge that moves in one direction and a "C" shaped wave in the opposite direction.

Step 5: Move finger down along the hair about an inch down and create another ridge in the same direction as the curve above it. This will now create an "S" pattern wave. Repeat this all the way to the ends of your hair as well as on the other side.

Step 6: Let hair to dry thoroughly and then spray with hairspray for an extra hold. Want a softer look? Finger tousle your hair.

Begin creating your waves on the side of your part with more hair. Lay your middle finger flat (horizontally) across your hair; then taking your comb and pressing it against the side of the finger. Drag the comb (teeth straight down) sideways (horizontally) along your finger until you create a ridge or a "C" shaped curve.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html
Begin creating your waves on the side of your part with more hair. Lay your middle finger flat (horizontally) across your hair; then taking your comb and pressing it against the side of the finger. Drag the comb (teeth straight down) sideways (horizontally) along your finger until you create a ridge or a "C" shaped curve.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html
Create a deep side part in hair. Part can be to either side, whichever you prefer.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.htmlC
Comb a moderate amount of thick gel through clean, damp hair. Hair should be damp but not sopping wet. You will want to evenly distribute the gel throughout strands.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html
Comb a moderate amount of thick gel through clean, damp hair. Hair should be damp but not sopping wet. You will want to evenly distribute the gel throughout strands.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html
Comb a moderate amount of thick gel through clean, damp hair. Hair should be damp but not sopping wet. You will want to evenly distribute the gel throughout strands.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html
Comb a moderate amount of thick gel through clean, damp hair. Hair should be damp but not sopping wet. You will want to evenly distribute the gel throughout strands.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html
Comb a moderate amount of thick gel through clean, damp hair. Hair should be damp but not sopping wet. You will want to evenly distribute the gel throughout strands.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8352275_stepbystep-finger-waves.html

The talented Gianpaolo Ceciliato did my makeup. Back in the 1920s, women had to use darker colors to accentuate their features in black and white photos. Don’t be afraid to bust out those dark colors. For this look, exaggerate your eyebrows by filling them in darker and rounder. For a little depth, apply a bronze and purple eye shadow on the bottom outer corner and blend well. Finish with the perfect pout by defining your lips at the cupid’s bow sharply.

Here's what Gianpaolo used to create my look:

  • Surratt Brow Pencil
  • Mac Lip Liner in ‘Vino’
  • Lorac Pro Palette – L.T Bronze eyeshadow
  • Lorac Pro Palette – Pewter eyeshadow