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Black Beauty #TBT: The Chic Styles of The 40s and 50s

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In honor of Black History Month, we’re going back in time. During the 1940s & 50s, America had entered a World War for the second time and was dealing with the aftermath. Yet, its citizens couldn’t have been more patriotic and even then, the creativity in hairstyles never ceased. I present to you the most popular hairstyles during their time, the history of them and how you can recreate it today in 2017!

The Fabulous Forties

Victory Rolls

What are victory rolls?

The 1940s Victory Roll hairstyle is often said to have acquired its name from the fighter plane maneuvers performed during World War II.  “The planes would create an exhaust roll that remained in the sky after leaving the area and inspired many patriotic civilians to adopt the name in honor of the soldiers returning home.”

With the onset of World War II, many items like food, fabric, and metal were put towards the war effort and rationed, which eventually led to a shortage of styling necessities such as bobby pins which became the highly popular item for styling in the 40s and 50s.The victory rolls hairstyle come in different variations. All you will need is curlers or rollers, bobby pins and a lot of imagination.

Here’s how to recreate the look!

Black actresses of the 1940s include Josephine Baker, Louise Beavers, Lena Horne and Hattie McDaniel, who became the first African-American to win an Oscar in 1940 for her supporting role as Mammy in ‘Gone With the Wind.’

Hattie McDaniel/ Flickr

The Glamourous Fifties 

Following WWII,  the 1950s was a decade known for experimentation with new styles and culture. The main eye catcher were curls — both voluminous and petite. The most celebrated hairstyles were the bouffant, the pin-curls, the poodle cut, the artichoke cut and lastly the Beehive hairstyles.

Dorothy Dandridge, Helen Williams & Eartha Kitt!

Here’s how to create a modern bouffant look!

Black actresses of the 1950s include: Dorothy Dandridge, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Eartha Kitt and Ethel Waters.

Happy Black History Month! 


Images from Pinterest & Flickr.

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