1940s Wedding Hairstyles

1940s was the most chaotic and tumultuous periods in the history of the world. It was an era of restrictions, for the benefit of the soldiers, who fought in foreign lands during the Second World War.

Fashion had its own exceptional simple, elegant style, with the weddings being no exception. Cascading luscious locks in soft ringlets and curls including debonair suave updos were the bridal fashion dos of the day. Most of the hairstyles, worn by women, were greatly inspired by the likes of film stars like Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth and Bette Davis.

Bridal Hairstyles Of The Forties

Soft Pin Curls

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Pin curls were the most popular hairstyles of forties and the fifties. The chief requisites of bridal hairstyles were the gorgeous and most alluring pin curls with soft cascades at the back. This style, possible with any length of hair, was set in rollers overnight to achieve that wavy romantic look.


Although rooted in France, the existence of the chignon dates back to ancient Greece. This style coiled into a bun at the back of the neck, made a dramatic comeback during the forties, and has ever since held great fascination, for women of all generations in varied styles.

A very trendy hairdo for most formal dos, including weddings, the style with a classic simplicity is adorned with embellished decorative hair accents. With gentle curled tresses on either side of the face, they are occasionally worn coiled in a French braid.

Victory Rolls

The phrase victory rolls was in fact used as the exercise of the enemy plane. Nevertheless as a celebration to United States’ victory in the Second World War, women adopted the victory rolls hairstyle as a kind of fashion statement.

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The highly sophisticated hairstyle was a popular one with the brides, which required an intricate procedure of curling segments of hair on the crown secured with pins, before retiring to bed. The curls were left in the morning with the remaining side locks combed to tight curls.

Simple Bob

Another bridal hairstyle in vogue during the forties was the simple sophisticated bob with side fringe or bangs. This style was worn with or without a veil, which highlighted the delicate facial features of the bride especially her eyes. The hair length, which was just below the shoulders, was cut in a straight line to enable styling with rollers and pins.

Side Bun

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A style adapted from the chignon, side buns were a popular up do with the brides of the forties. The hair tied in a side ponytail, was curled into a bun secured with pins to get the desired look. Worn without a veil, the style was decorated with a decorative sprig of bejeweled flowers at the sides or with an attractive tiara.


This style, which derived its name from the English pageboy, was popular in the forties, especially among women blessed with long or medium length hair. With attractive front bangs or fringe, this style worn with side parting fell just below the jaw line. With curls facing towards the side of the face, this was a favourite among women for dance parties and weddings.


A feminine version of Elvis Presley’s hairstyle, widely popularized by film stars like Rita Hayworth and Joan Crawford, the Pompadour style was a quintessence of fashion, during the forties.

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With a high/low, ponytail or braids, elevated backcombed bangs, flaunting curls on the front of the head, these were secured with pins for support.

Omelet Fold

Another very appealing hairdo of the 1940s was the omelet fold. Created with a faintly slanted parting at the rear, with interlaced folds and twists, adorned with attractive curls at the crown, were mostly worn by brides of the era, encircled with ornamental head piece/tiara.