1920 hairstyles are back and they’re here to stay.
Let’s face it: there’s nothing we don’t love about 1920s hairstyles. There were bold bobs, dazzling accessories, and glamorous finger waves. And it was these iconic waves that really set the Roaring Twenties apart from other retro decades. But this stunning hairstyle isn’t just reserved for that bygone era, don’t you know?
1920s hairstyles have been popping up on our style radar for quite some time and we’re pleased to report that they are now fully back in fashion – and it’s about time, too. So if you’re looking for some 20s hair inspiration, you’ve come to the right place!
Below, we’ve compiled a nifty gallery of all our favourite 1920s hairstyles from the catwalks to the red carpet. So grab a cuppa’ and get ready to step back in time…
’20s hair looks: Styles to steal from the runway
Finger waves at Stella
Stella McCartney’s fashion week shows are renowned as much for their stunning clothing designs, as they are for the amazing makeup and hair choices. So it comes as no surprise that she was quick to capitalise on the glamorous era that was the 1920s.
Models were sent down the runway sporting finger waves swept neatly to one side and styled back into low ponytails, with the combination of 1920 hairstyles and the contemporary collection working wonders to bring this look into the 21st century.
Editor’s tip: If you’re looking to create a similar look at home, you can do so with the help of the TONI&GUY Glamour Deep Waver and some trusty TIGI Bed Head Hardhead Hairspray. Retro runway waves, here we come!
’20s hair at Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs was also quick to bring about a 1920s hair revival, just with a slightly more bold stance. The models’ hair was parted neatly down the middle, before being styled into tight, wet-look finger waves that had an alluring edge to it.
Yet while the high-impact waves may have taken centre stage, the rest of the models’ hair – worn down and textured – gave a touch of free movement to the otherwise ridged feel of the style.
Loose finger waves
Marni‘s take on 1920 hairstyles saw the models debuted loose, voluminous finger waves. The traditional 20s hair kinks were reformed to ooze modern vibes, with the large, soft waves swept up into slightly undone updos (it must have taken a lot of hairspray to hold it all in place – that’s all we can say!).
The look came complete with ornate drop earrings and a deep maroon lip, for an undeniably cool-girl finish.
1920s hairstyles for long hair
If you’re looking for 1920s hairstyles for long hair, this catwalk look is perfect!
Similar to Stella McCartney’s take on classic finger waves, the models at the Salvatore Ferragamo show also debuted a set of vintage waves that morphed into long ponytails at the back. Stunning!
20s hair: The wet look
It seems the wet look has been a firm favourite when it comes to working these retro waves on the modern day catwalk, and Opening Ceremony is certainly no exception.
The show saw the front section of the models’ hair styled into very striking finger wave fringes. The shape of the waves were exaggerated for dramatic effect, while the models’ makeup were kept minimal with just a sprinkled application of glitter to one eye.
Celebrity 1920s hairstyles inspiration
Okay, so you’ve seen how the runways work these vintage ‘dos, so now it’s time to see how the A-list elite rock it. Take a peek below for the sleek, the chic, and the edgy ways to wear 20s hair this season…
1920s hairstyles for short hair
If you’ve got a pixie cut and you’re wondering whether you can sport 20s hair – the answer is yes! Cara oozes retro glamour with this gorgeous ‘do that she rocked on the red carpet. It’s as if she just stepped out of a scene from The Great Gatsby. We love!
Zendaya’s low bun
The American actress and singer looks beautifully polished and put together, proving that 1920s hairstyles don’t have to be complicated. Simply style the front section of your hair into finger waves, then sweep the rest of your hair back into a low bun – sorted!
Curly hair and finger waves
Karina Smirnoff definitely danced her way onto the list of best 1920s hairstyles for long hair! We love the slick, finger waves that have been teased into neat curls at the front and the contrast of tumbling curls at the back of her hair. If you’ve got long locks, this is a look to try!
Greta Gerwig’s laid back look
1920s hairstyles for short hair don’t get much prettier than this! We love the laid back look of this retro hairstyle. It’s almost beach-chic meets old Hollywood glamour.
Simply create loose finger waves and then gently brush them out for a more relaxed feel. If you ever get bored with short locks, this is a great look to play around with.
If these 1920s hairstyles have you lusting for the style yourself, then you can easily learn how to create your very own finger wave hairstyle with our flapper hair tutorial. And be sure to check out our Vintage Hairstyles page to find the era that’s right for you and your hair!