Marcel Wave: The Popular Hairstyle for Women in the 1920s

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Marcelling is a hair styling technique in which hot curling tongs are used to induce a curl into the hair. Its appearance was similar to that of a finger wave but it is created using a different method.

Marcelled hair was a popular style for women’s hair in the 1920s, often in conjunction with a bob cut. For those women who had longer hair, it was common to tie the hair at the nape of the neck and pin it above the ear with a stylish hair pin or flower. One famous wearer was Josephine Baker.

Take a look at these cool vintage photos to see women with their marcel waves in the 1920s.

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