1940’s Hairstyles – Pompadour Hairstyle and Victory Rolls

1940s hairstyle pompadourCreating a 1940s Pompadour Hairstyle

Sometimes associated with the 1950’s, the pompadour actually falls in the category of 1940’s hairstyles.  The pompadour hairstyle involves back combing, a technique that doesn’t take long too long to learn. 

Here's how to create a basic, 1940's pompadour hairstyle.  Choose a section near the front and top on the side of the head.  Hold it straight up.  Insert a comb about halfway between the roots and ends. Push the comb down towards the roots.  The comb will take hairs with it.  Do this a few times, until you’ve made a “cushion” at the bottom of that section of hair.  Repeat by back combing a section on the opposite side of the head from the first one.

Next, comb hair underneath the teased sections up and over the cushion of hair and pin in place. The hair from your front hairline should be combed up and off the forehead and pinned in place. You should have a nice “pouf” of hair at the crown. Of the many 1940’s hairstyles, pompadour hair has made a big comeback recently.

Victory Rolls Hairstyle

No discussion of 1940’s hairstyles would be complete without the victory roll hairstyle.  To create a victory roll, style hair in pin curls and remove pins as instructed above.  Part your hair as you usually do.  Section off hair behind each ear, and let the back hang normally.  On one side, brush the section of hair up high and straight out.  Spray with a little hairspray to keep ends in place.  Using fingers, curl the section upward so that it curls in on itself and the ends are in the innermost part of the roll.  Pin in place on top of the head using hair pins. You can make more than one roll on either side of the head if you want. When you have the rolls on one side done, repeat on the other side.

Creating 1940’s hairstyles takes practice, but they can be very flattering and glamorous—and they are never boring!


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