The post-war era ushered in an unprecedented era of prosperity, peace, and refinement for many American families; newfound wealth generated a populace that wanted to be hip, trendy, and fashionable. The end of the war ended the era of rationing, and allowed people to finally spend money they saved during the lean years. New trends spearheaded by Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent invaded American shores, as men and women began to experiment with new ideas in fashion and in styling.
Let’s take a look at some of the hairstyle trends that dominated the post-war era; these are hairstyles that endured various upheavals in the world of fashion, and today stand as timeless classics inspiring generations to come.
The Victory Roll
Victory Rolls are what many people think about when a hairstyle from the post-war era is mentioned. Nary a pin-up girl without wearing victory curls on was seen during the post-war era. No surprises there; victory rolls, after all, were a common sight to see during the war. Victory rolls, in military parlance, are rolls done by aircraft paticularly after a successful mission. The name was appropriated for the new trend in womens’ hairstlyes that became popular during the post-war era. Victory rolls required women then to set their crowning glory in rollers before they retire with an aim to create voluminous, lush curls of hair that frame their faces. This look is achieved using a pin tail comb, a soft brush, a backcombing brush, oodles of hair spray, pins, pin curl grips, and curling tongs; however, you may find that warm air brush works best for this hairstyle; keep this hairstyle in mind next time you go to a 50s themed party or a swing dance!
The Peek-a-Boo was immortalized by Veronica Lake of Sullivan’s Travels and film noir fame. The diminutive seductress with eyes as blue and deep as a pure mountain lake wore her hair with a deep side partition swept to the opposite side of her head; the waves hung at the side of her cheeks, with a solitary curl providing a veil over one eye. Long, seductive locks that flow back around the shoulders and the back perfect the mystery that she exuded using her hair, which then became popular the world over then and now, worn by celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Hailee Steinfeld. The peek-a-boo is a testament of an enduring hairstyle that never goes out of fashion; its grace, seductiveness, and its mystery transcends all trends and brings out the best of femininity.
The Rockabilly Pin-Up
The rockabilly hairstyle can be pulled off whether you have short or long hair; the most commonly-used rockabilly hairstyle for women is the pompadour. With roots from a mistress of King Louis XV named Jeanne Antoinetee Poisson, Madame de Pompadour, the similarly-named hairstyle has withstood the test of time and popularity; a good pompadour is just majestic, rebellious, and edgy at the same time. A pompadour worthy of pomp can easily be pulled off just using a blow dryer and the right pomade or hairspray; you’ll be guaranteed to turn heads everywhere you go with this hairstyle.
These hairstyles are instant throwbacks to elegance, grace, attitude, and femininity; that is why they stand the test of time. Try one on and see the difference!