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1940s Women's Hair - The haircut

 

1940's Women's Rockabilly Haircut
    - They Called It "The Middy"

The Middy was considered the best, most popular hairstyle of the decade, and if you want rockabilly hair to match your rockabilly clothing, the first thing you'll have to do is cut your hair in layers.  You can't have a rockabilly hairstyle without cutting your hair in this way (sorry!)  It's just not possible, and your results won't look right.  All the women who had a 1940s rockabilly hairstyle used basically this haircut, but then styled it differently.  Most all the other haircuts are variations of the Middy (all with curls, all with layers).  The Middy, shown here, was considered:

  • Most flattering

  • Most popular

  • Offered the most possibilities for styling

  • Could be worn up or down

  • Short enough to be practical (so you were supporting the war effort), long enough to do some great hairstyles

  • All the other hairstyles were just variations of the middy (3" long instead of 4", longer in back, etc.)

Rules of the Rockabilly Haircut:

  • Layers are a must for all hairstyles of the 1940s.  What good is your rockabilly clothing if you have a 21st century haircut?

  • Curls are a must, too.  If the women had naturally straight hair back then, they permed their hair or curled it.  Straight hair just wasn't allowed.

  • With the exception of right in front of the ear (3" long), all hair is 4" long.

As stated above, virtually all 1940's hairstyles are variations of this cut (perhaps longer in the back, or 3" long everywhere instead of 4" long, etc.)

Next, curl the hair.

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