22 Glamorous 1920s Hairstyles that Make Us Yearn for the Roaring Twenties

Eunice Lucero | 10 October 2017

It’s official: 20s hair was the original party hair.

Whenever we think of 1920s hairstyles, an image of Prohibition-era speakeasies comes to mind: men and women glamorously decked out, all enjoying some spirited conversation, liquor and great jazz in a dimly lit room. The now-iconic Flapper look, which features bobbed hair often embellished with a feathery accessory or two, is definitely one of the famous styles of this decadent, festive era—and as we’ll come to see in the roundup below, certainly not the only one of note.

From revolutionary bobs to fabulous finger waves to yes, those Flapper-year headbands, scroll on down to get a deep dive into the most recognizable looks that work well beyond Halloween.

1920 Hairstyles: 22 Glamorous Looks from the Roaring Twenties


As far as 1920s hairstyles for short hair go, bobs were certainly the definitive look of the decade. Women wore their hair (and hemlines!) in shorter lengths as a statement of independence, and accessorized it in a myriad of ways: Fascinators, ribboned headbands and bejeweled pins were superbly in vogue, as well as played up the dazzling opulence of the Jazz Age.

1920s hairstyles blunt bob
Short and sassy! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Blunt Bob

Precise and razor-sharp, the blunt ear-length, bob remains a classic look of 20s hair to this day.

platinum 1920s hairstyles
1920s Hairstyles: Blow hair out for maximum shine.

2. Platinum

A bleached version offers a bit of modern edge to this iconic hairstyle.

1920s hairstyles floppy hat
Witchy and moody, this look is made for the brisk autumn months.

3. Floppy Hat

Offset the crisp silhouette of the helmet bob with a folksy, floppy topper perfect for fall.

1920s hairstyles razored
A straight-across bang is not for the faint of heart! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Razored

There’s no cutting corners with these sharp edges, which work best with a narrower jawline.

super short 1920s hairstyles
1920s Hairstyles: A tapered back encourages that coveted curled-under style.

5. Super Short

Part Flapper, part punk, especially with a tiny hit of a micro fringe.

multi-strand pearls 1920s hairstyles
The strings of pearls create a makeshift (and more luxe!) bonnet.

6. Multi-Strand Pearls

Before their renaissance on the latest runways, we first saw them during the 1920s as the gem of the decade, with women using them to adorn everything from their décolletage, via long-strand necklaces, to their hairstyles, as high-end hair accessories.

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This charming haircut works on women of all ages. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Curly

The bobbed length also lent itself to different textures, with the trendy zigzag finger wave being one of them.

gelled 1920s hairstyles
Use a fine-toothed comb for a more refined finish. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Gelled

Slick your waves over to one side for a minimalist yet stylish evening look. We love the control and sheen we get from Suave Professionals Firm Control Sculpting Gel.

forehead fascinator 1920s hairstyles
Party like it’s 1920 with a good ol’ embellished headband!

9. Forehead Fascinator

Embellished headbands we usually worn above the brow, with an accent piece off to the side that mirrored the rest of your jewelry—and gave a short 1920s bob more pizzazz.

braided headband 1920s hairstyle
The vintage charm of the Jazz Age comes to the fore with a Flapper-inspired hairstyle.

10. Braided Headband

Elastic braided bands or embellished ribbons that cut across one’s forehead were popular looks for parties and social events.

rhinestones 1920s hairstyles
Part hair in the middle and wear curls on the mid-lengths downwards for a fluffier look.

11. Rhinestones

Rhinestones and gem-encrusted lace offered women another glitzy option.


There were two wildly popular ways to texturize 1920s hairstyles for long hair during the Flapper years. The first was the finger waves technique, which entailed using your finger (surprise!) to mold hair in a zigzag strip down your forehead, sometimes using pins to secure it in place; the second was pin-curling, where hair was twirled around and pinned in place manually to set a curl. Both produced solid, slightly damp-looking ringlets and bends, commonly reinforced with a bit of pomade, a widely used hair product during the time.

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A fabulous hairstyle option for fall/winter weddings too. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

12. Finger Waves with Low Bun

Prep hair with some wave cream (we like TRESemmé Make Waves Shaping Gel Cream), then use a fishtail comb to mold the forehead fringe in a wide wave. Do the same on the opposite side and gather the back in a low bun.

finger waves with gibson tuck 1920s hairstyles
Part hair to one side for a more dramatic effect.

13. Finger Waves with Gibson Tuck

Alternatively, you may also gather the rest of your hair in a loopy bun at your nape, commonly known as a Gibson tuck. Click here for a video tutorial.

low-key finger waves 1920s hairstyles
Use hair-colored pins for maximum camouflage. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

14. Low-Key Finger Waves

If you want a mere hint of the trend without going overboard, use fewer pins. We like creating a small crescent moon shape from the hairline, then tucking it back in with a bobby pin. Repeat one more time before the ear.

finger waves with ponytail 1920s hairstyles
With this look, a bright red lip is the only other statement you need. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

15. Finger Waves with Ponytail

This retro wave can also be made to glam up a regular low, curly ponytail. A shine hairspray, like Bed Head by TIGI Masterpiece Shine Hairspray, keeps things gleaming and budge-free.

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1920s Hairstyle: This look best works on a bob or lob length.

16. Traditional Finger Waves

Hair hack: A closed flat iron achieves this true-blue Roaring Twenties look in half the time. Click here for a tutorial on curling short hair with a flat iron.

pin-curled fringe 1920s hairstyles
Tuck the elastic underneath the curled fringe. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

17. Pin-Curled Fringe

Make like the hotsteppers at NYFW’s Helmut Lang S/S 2018 show and curl your bang area inwards for a neo-noir take on evening hair.

wet look 1920s hairstyles
A pristine makeup base and a moody lip are also hallmarks of the Jazz Age. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

18. Wet Look

Finger waves look both authentic and futuristic with a sharp center part and a wet finish.

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1920s Hairstyles: Create big coils using your fingers, then pin in place to set.

19. Blown-Out Pin Curls

For a traditional, all-American take on the pin-curl, blow-dry hair and split into several sections. Next, use your index and middle fingers to help curl each section inward on itself, securing the inseam with pins to your scalp. Tip: This is also an effective heatless curling technique, so skip the blowdry—and prep hair with a curling mousse, like Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse—instead!

tight pin curls 1920s hairstyles
Shake out and soften your curls after removal if you want them fuller-looking.

20. Tight Pin Curls

Repeat the pin-curl process, this time in smaller sections, for tighter corkscrews when unraveled.

netted 1920s hairstyles
Knot a scarf on your crown for true vintage #tb appeal. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

21. Netted

A glamorous way to set hair in and out of the boudoir was to cover it with a scarf or snood, as seen here. Bring this into 2017 with the use of a trendy paisley-print twilly!

coiled 1920s hairstyles
Brush hair to detangle before pin-coiling for a smoother look.

22. Coiled

We’re surmising this demure, pin-coiled fringe, teamed with rows of pearls, was the ultimate 1920 debutante’s look of choice.

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