Searching for flapper hairstyles for long hair? The 1920s were one of the most exciting decades for style, as women began to rebel against the constraints of the past. But as well as the elaborate art deco fashion they wore and the jazz music they listened to, a big part of this rebellion was shown through (yep, you guessed it!) their hair!
So, if you’ve got a ’20s-themed party coming up or you’re thinking about trying a Great Gatsby–inspired look for Halloween, live out your flapper girl dreams for the night with our top flapper hairstyles for long hair, below.
Editor’s tip: Hairspray is going to be key to keeping your ‘do in place. Give your hair an allover spritz of the TRESemmé Ultimate Shine Hold Hairspray to set it, then spray a small amount onto your fingertips and use it to smooth down any flyaways, for a perfectly polished look.
Bell-shaped cloche hats were at the height of popularity in the ’20s and ’30s, which meant that many flapper hairstyles for long hair were styled to complement the hat. A low bun works best, as it’s classy, sophisticated and -most importantly- won’t disturb the shape of the hat! Credit: @pernilleadine
Retro Rolled Updo
It’s not just the Downton Abbey cast who are partial to a rolled updo. In fact, they were one of the most popular flapper hairstyles for long hair back in the ’20s, enabling the wearer to stylishly tuck all their tresses away.
So, do it like they did back in the day and roll the lengths of your hair up towards the nape of your neck, load up with all the jewellery you own (the more pearls the better!), and you’ll be dazzling from head to toe. Credit: @o0alayna0o
Fun Faux Bob
By tucking the hair under on itself you’ll be able to give the illusion of a vintage, chin-length cut. But come the end of the night, you’ll be able to take out the clips and be reunited with your long locks once again – phew!
Tip: Take note of the way this Instagrammer has kept some pieces of hair loose around her face, giving the look a softer feel and more believable finish. Credit: @brynnrstylistmt
If the event calls for full glam, this slick shiny updo is the one. With a deep side parting, accent finger waves and a glossy finish, this is flapper hair gone luxe. Credit: @_jaspetta.beauty
Editor’s tip: Dying to debut this look at your next soirée? Shaping your waves will require some gel, preferably one that gives a shiny look like the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel.
Hybrid Half-Up Hairdo
Like to wear your hair down but not sure how you can go about giving it a ’20s twist? Half-up pin curl flapper hairstyles for long hair are just what you’ve been looking for to take your look up a notch.
Kiss curls were a popular hair trend started by American-born French jazz dancer Josephine Baker, who’s on-stage look was short gelled hair with a striking single curl across her forehead.
You don’t need to have a cropped cut to rock it though, just slick all of your hair back and create the kiss curl with a comb to get the showgirl look.
Pristine Pin Curls
Instead of taking out your pins before the party to reveal glamorous curls, why not keep the pins in place for an unmistakably ’20s feel? Keep the detail near the front for a baby-faced flapper girl look and pair with lashings of mascara for a doll-like vibe. Credit: @johnoliverssuffolk
Rose Gold Finger Waves
Colour queens fear not, there’s nothing stopping you rocking one of our flapper hairstyles for long hair on dyed tresses!
We love this Instagrammer’s lavish rose gold hue, which she has decided to pair with flowing finger waves and an embroidered headband. She looks like she has stepped right out of the silver screen! Credit: @irinabilka_hairandmakeup
Speakeasy Side Waves
These glamorous side-swept waves are ideal for anyone who wants to nod to the 1920s in a more modern, wearable way.
Turn everyday curls into a ’20s throwback by creating a deep side parting and using bobby pins to clip your hair into place over one shoulder. Now you’re ready for the red carpet! Credit: @stylist_erika
Editor’s tip: Remember, for any of these looks if you’re using heated styling tools to create your flapper waves and curls, be sure to safeguard your strands with a good heat protectant, like the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray.
Some 1920s hair looks might seem a little unachievable, but stripping things back to basics with a classic chignon will always turn out great.
What better way to pay homage to the jazz age style than with this easy side bun style? It’s simple enough that it allows you to make the most of as many accessories as your heart desires. When else can you wear feathers in your hair? Credit: @marvilabeautyandmakeup
Juliet Cap Veil
Juliet caps (named after Shakespeare’s Juliet who was shown in original illustrations to be wearing one!) became trendy in the 1920s and 30s. Now worn most commonly by vintage brides, superstar Rihanna also rocked this flapper look on the red carpet with her own sparkle encrusted headscarf. Credit: @priscilla_brazil