Friday, 14 March 2014

Hairstyles for 1930s and 1940s vintage wedding dresses

Dear Reader,

My lovely clients often ask about hairstyles to suit their vintage wedding dress. And I do take a special interest as I was a hairdresser for twenty years - working on fashion shows and shoots around the world.
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1940s wedding dress - Zoe Saldana
Rihanna in 1940s style waves
Zoe Saldana with 1930s-inspired curls and updo
So on my vintage wedding blog today, I'm going to talk about hairstyles to complement a 1930s or 1940s dress. It can be helpful to look at celebrities for inspiration. And there are many good examples of vintage hairstyles which have been subtly updated.

1930s 
1930s styles were created with finger waving, and 'Marcel' waving irons. The curls were worn quite flat and close to the head. 
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1930s wedding dress
This can still look pretty, but a looser interpretation is much easier to pull off and can be more flattering. I don't believe you have to stick closely to the original style - it's all about making the bride look her most beautiful.
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1930s wedding dress - Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera gives 1930s a more modern take
Diane Kruger below looks fabulous with an updated softer version of 1930s waves and curls, compared to the original 30s inspiration.
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1930s wedding dress - Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger, in pretty 1930s curls
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1930s wedding dress
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1930s wedding dress - Katherine Heigl
Kate Bosworth in 1930s finger waves
Taylor Swift above is another girl who knows how to work this look in a more flattering way.
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1930s wedding dress - Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift in softened 30s waves
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1930s wedding dress - Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
And Tyra Banks - who always looks stunning - has the last word in finger waves here... 
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1930s wedding dress - Tyra Banks
Tyra, fabulous in finger waves!

1940s
1940s hairstyles were still waved, but also pinned into rolls. By the 40s, the curls were created with rollers and worn with more height than in the 1930s.  
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1940s wedding dress - Lauren Bacall
Smouldering and sophisticated, Hollywood star Lauren Bacall
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1940s wedding dress - Betty Grable
Betty Grable, the biggest box office star of the 1940s, wearing a 'Victory Roll'
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1940s wedding dress - Lucille Ball
'I Love Lucy' star Lucille Ball, wearing classic 1940s 'Poodle' curls
Again, these style can be worn quite close to the original, as with retro glamour-puss Dita von Teese. 
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1940s wedding dress - Dita von Teese
Dita von Teese, queen of retro glamour
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1940s wedding dress - Dita von Teese
Dita wears a 1940s 'Roll'
Or 1940s styles can be softened for an easier, more flattering look. Modern girls who work this 1940s-inspired style so well are the beautiful Zoe Saldana, glamorous Megan Fox, elegant Anne Hathaway, and bombshell Scarlett Johansson.
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1940s wedding dress - Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall

Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1940s wedding dress - Megan Fox
Megan Fox in soft 1940s waves
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1940s wedding dress - Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1940s wedding dress - Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1940s wedding dress - Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson in soft 40s waves
These styles can work beautifully with black hair too. Rihanna has worn very elegant red carpet styles, very reminiscent of the 40s.
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1940s wedding dress - Rihanna
Rihanna, in 1940s mood
Heavenly Vintage Wedding Blog, hair to complement a 1940s wedding dress - Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks again - this time with a beautiful 1940s 'Roll'
I hope these images have been fun and inspiring. Next week, we'll take a look at hair to suit 1950s and 1960s wedding dresses with images of style icons Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot and more.

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a wonderful weekend. Spring is definitely in the air!
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides