The Roaring Hairstyles in the Twenties by Jordan Vontrei The era is called the Roaring Twenties because it describes

the aggressive air that hovered in America during 1920s. It is sometimes called as the Jazz Age, the Age of Intolerance or the Age of Wonderful Nonsense. However it's called, the period personifies the beginning of Modern America. The Roaring Twenties represents a time of change for everybody, a change that in some way be viewed as both good and bad for modern America from the 1920's hairstyles to the mainstream invasions of jazz. Many things took place in the 1920's that women of nowadays should be grateful. World War I might be the reason that led them to break long-standing traditions and start acting and saying things more honestly as they felt. The women were mainly freed from the restrictive rules that society put upon them as dictated by their gender at that point in time. All the major events that comprised the beginnings of the women's liberation took place around this time when females were now able to vote during election, swear in public or drive a car without a male companion. The way they changed their look was one of the fun transformations women had then. A few of the most controversial changes that occurred not only in hair fashion but in American culture in general are the 1920’s hairstyle. One of the most famous hairdos of the era was known as the bob which found its early beginnings in in 1915 with the debut of the castle bob, the original bob haircut that was a blunt cut leveled to the bottom of the ears and going all around the head. Women started changing their look by changing the fashion trends in the 1920’s. They put on were the characteristic hairstyles they wore even beyond the much shorter (skimpier by their standards) clothes. Women of the so-called roaring twenties have always described their new individualities with much interest given to their radical hairstyles from the finger waves to the still famous bob. Finger waves came out during this era to boost the already famous bob hairstyles. The waves were considered to have a softening or relaxing effect on the short bobs and gave more feminine touch to an otherwise tasteless regular haircut. There were also the Marcel waves which were created and made famous by 19th century French hair designer, Francois Marcel. By this time, the first electric curling irons were manufactured and provided a great alternative to the old fashioned way of curling hair using gas burner-heated tongs. Today, these Marcel-reminiscent electric curling irons are still being sold on prominent shopping sites on the Internet. Hair layering also became so popular since it added extra body and bounce to plain bobs and waves separately from the fast-rising fame of curls among women of the period. At the same time, layering was also used as a technique to help keep the curls or waves for a longer time and, with lighter curling fluids, make it incredibly easier to comb through the

waves and retain them for longer. Electric curling irons made them more convenient to produce even if these hair fashion standouts had been around for years. Gadgets that were used before by hairdressers were made of heavy tongs that needs to be heated over a fire in order to make the desired effect. They were a bit dangerous and a lot of people had to experience burns, both hairdressers and their customers. Curls became easier and safer to make and the Marcel wave was brought back to life with the arrival of their electric versions. Author's Bio The 1920's clothing, 1920's hairstyles and the rest of the 20's fashion were among the numerous ways that women exerted themselves in a society that seemed consumed in male egotism at that time. True enough, the war and the twenties became such catalysts for change and remain to be responsible for most of the once gender-restricted liberties that women of today have been enjoying all their lives.

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