Definitely one of the most glamorous eras for women was the 1940s. The clothing styles were both tailored and romantic. Satin and silk lounge wear became a fashion in the evening, while suits and dresses were worn during the day. More and more women were entering the work force, some working in factories making supplies for World War II, while others had office-type jobs. Hats were a common sight, many displaying a thin netting covering part of the face. A crocheted net called a “snood” was often worn in the back of the head containing long tresses.
I interviewed my mother, Jean McKee Allen, since she was in her early 20s during this time. She told me that women would go to the department store called Woolworths to purchase all their beauty needs. One of the most important hair accessories was a long stuffing type material that you could buy by the yard. You placed it in your hair and rolled your hair over it to give volume and width to your style. They didn’t have hair spray or many styling aids so the hair was quite soft in appearance. The hair was set in flat pin curls with metal bobbie pins and either dried with a hand held dryer or left all day or night to dry on it’s own. Women usually washed their hair once a week and hardly anyone had a shower in their home, only bathtubs. You would wash your hair in the kitchen sink. Unlike today, there were only a handful of shampoo companies to choose from. A lot of women just used Ivory Soap.
waves were popular and took all day. The cold wave was not
yet invented. Women would spend all day in the beauty salon
with their hair wound around rods that were plugged into an
electric machine. Their hair would often get too hot and break
off. The cost of a perm was around $2.98. A haircut was 50
model below is Victoria. She is a hairstylist, wife, mother,
and last but not least, a belly dancer. I knew that because
of this, she probably had enough “ham” in her to
pose as a 40s diva.
hair was set in hot rollers for about fifteen minutes. Since
Woolworths is not around and even if it was, I am sure they
do not carry stuffing. I used synthetic hair wefts for fillers.
She did her own makeup which was beautiful, and added false
eyelashes for drama.
We both had a collection of 1940s clothes and hats and we played dress up for the better part of the morning. The outcome is truly wonderful.
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