Friday, April 04, 2008

My 1920s hairstyle for my wedding

Back when I first cut my hair for my wedding, I posted pictures and a description of "my flapper haircut". Although some people like the cut and have thanked me for the pictures, others complained that it's not 1920s-enough.

I actually agree now (though I still don't appreciate some of the meaner comments); I had my hair cut several more times before the wedding, and the final cut was a much better representative of a 1920s hairstyle. Actually, that was the beauty of cutting my hair so long before the wedding — I had plenty of time to perfect the look.

Below are pictures of my 1920s hairstyle on the day of my wedding. I think you'll agree that this cut made a much better flapper hairstyle:

1920s hairstyle

The cut was a blunt cut, with some texturing to cut down on the bulk in my thick, naturally curly hair. The sides and front were a little shorter than the back, which was a mistake on the part of my hairdresser, but actually worked out quite well.

1920s hairstyle

The next picture shows a side view of my 1920s haircut. Although it looks like I did loose 1920s finger waves in my hair, my hair — which is naturally curly — actually did this on its own.

1920s finger waves

The haircut looked really flapper-esque with my 1920s cloche, too. I love the little bunch of curls visible on each side:

My wedding cloche and flapper haircut

The lighting in this picture is fantastic, and with the 1920s hairstyle and the 1920s wedding dress, the scene has a very antique feel to it:

My 1920s hairstyle



At 4:44 PM, Blogger Akbal said...

This is definitely more accurate than the previous edition- and so much more becoming on you!

It may be slightly more accurate to have the sides longer, but on hair as thick and curly as yours, it's not really practical or advisable.

That's my $.02, from a drive-by reenactor..

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Kathy@TheFlawlessWord said...

This last picture is probably my favorite that I've ever seen of you. You're right; the lighting is exquisite. You do pull off a hat really well though too, which I think is difficult for a lot of people to do.

At 3:45 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...


Thanks for the compliment! I did end up liking my final haircut much more.


It's one of my favorites too. Also, thanks for the compliment regarding the hat. I know what you mean about most people having a hard time pulling off a hat. I also tend to feel a little awkward in a hat, but I was pleased with how the 1920s hat looked on me.

At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God, that was so original! Very elegant, too. Great idea, really, and great job with dresses and accessories...
I saw your sister's hairdo and I am so admired! How I wish I could do that!

At 6:13 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...


Thanks for visiting and for the compliments! My sister did a FANTASTIC job with her hair, didn't she... I wish I could do that too, but I am just not that good with my hair! :o)

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Pokeh said...

Your hair looks just like mine! What do you use to keep it so beautiful?

At 12:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, how I wish I'd found this website when I was searching for a hairstyle to suit my face. Your hair is pretty much exactly what I ended up with, except mine is a bit longer. I even part it on the right. It curls exactly like yours! I have the greatest urge to go to our local antique store and hunt down a cloche hat for myself. :)

At 12:14 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...


Thanks for the comment and for visiting my blog. I'd love to see pictures of your haircut too! Do you have them online somewhere?

At 12:17 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...


I use Back to Basics Texture Defining Lotion. I used a pretty good-sized dollup for the wedding -- I guess maybe about a dime or a nickel-sized amount? -- because it was very humid where we were, and humidity makes my hair frizz like crazy! Usually, though, I used less when my hair was that length.


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