10 Hollywood Hair Styles by Arlene Dahl, 1950’s Hair Styling Booklet

10 Hollywood Hair Styles Glamour Daze

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I found this gorgeous hair styling booklet by Arlene Dahl, which has been made available to download for free by Glamour Daze (one of my favourite vintage websites!) and just had to share it with all of you.

I’ve been wanting to up my vintage style game by getting a vintage hair cut so I can style my hair in an authentically vintage way, so I’ve been spending a lot of time looking for a good hair cut and style that would be suitable for my face shape (which on the oblong/rectangle shaped side) and hair (which is thick and has a natural wave). This booklet has helped a lot! I’m now pretty sure I’m going to go with Lauren Bacall’s hair cut and style.

Hollywood Hair Style Lauren Bacall

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This book is fabulous! It gives directions on exactly how the hair should be cut and curled to achieve each specific style, and it tells you the face shape and hair type of each actress so you can see if a particular style would suit you. I love it!

And I definitely love Lauren’s hair style! While trying to decide I looked at an enormous amount of images besides the one example in the book, and now I’m starting to get excited…

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You all know me, I’m incredibly indecisive, so I might change my mind before I make it to the hair dresser, but I’m very, very tempted to just jump in and make this a reality!

All I know for sure is, the next time I go to the hair dresser, I’ll definitely be bringing a print out of this wonderful booklet along!

I highly recommend downloading this wonderful booklet from Glamour Daze, especially if you love vintage beauty and/or are looking for a vintage hair style for yourself! The amount of detail is excellent, the scan is high quality (other than a little blurring on the very last page) and it is a lovely piece of beauty history! Plus, if you’ve ever longed to have hair like Lauren Bacall, Hedy Lamarr, June Allyson, Vera-Ellen, Jane Russell, Kathryn Grayson, Elizabeth Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Ava Gardner, or Gene Tierney, this is definitely the book for you!

What do you think? Should I try the Lauren Bacall hair cut/style? Which style would you choose? Have you ever gotten a vintage hair cut – what was it like? I’d love to hear your thoughts on vintage hair styles in the comments!


8 thoughts on “10 Hollywood Hair Styles by Arlene Dahl, 1950’s Hair Styling Booklet

  1. Thanks for the great info! Will definitely check out Glamour Daze. I’ve been conflicted on what to do with my hair. It’s finally longer, but too long to be 1950’s. However, I don’t want to cut it as short as they had it in the late 50s’, you know that matronly, super short look? Just not very flattering. I really like the Lauren Bacall look, it stays well within the era and is really glamorous! I think every vintage-loving woman should try it. Longer hair does not always mean better! The shoulder-length waves of Hollywood’s Golden Age is my personal favorite: it’s just not that easy to style that way (especially if you have straight hair like me!)

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    • Glamour Daze also sells PDF bundles of beauty guides from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, etc. They’re really cool! They just put out a 1940’s bundle of PDFs for women in service during WWII that is really amazing – I bought it awhile back and it is such a wonderful little time capsule! A mix of beauty guides, magazines for women in service, even a bunch of knitting patterns, which makes me want to start knitting again. πŸ˜‰ You get about 25 PDFs for about 19.99 USD, so it is actually a really great deal. πŸ™‚

      I agree on the matronly super short late 1950’s hair styles, I wouldn’t want to cut my hair that short (again) either! Lauren Bacall’s length and style is really good and I love shoulder length hair. πŸ™‚ I know I’m probably going to have a steep learning curve when it comes to curling it precisely, though I have been practicing getting used to using foam curlers on and off over the last few months (which was one of the reasons I knew agood hair cut was in order! It was hard to get a good looking curl in hair that was in desperate need a cut/trim after spending months growing out the botched hair cut I gave myself! LOL) so I’m hoping it won’t be too, too bad. I haven’t tried doing pin curls yet, but I definitely want to learn. πŸ™‚ Even with the natural wave my hair has, I still need to use curlers of some type to achieve this kind of look. Have you ever tried foam curlers? I really like them, much better than I like curling irons, that’s for sure! My hair is already on the damaged side from years of colouring it, so I like to avoid using heat on it whenever possible, so foam curlers are awesome and they really do work! I think you could *definitely* rock a Lauren Bacall or Veronica Lake look. πŸ™‚ I’d love to hear about whatever you decide! Changing your hair style can feel oddly daunting – which is why I’ve been going back and forth trying to figure out what I want to do with mine over the last few months! – but also, so much fun! I hope that you love whatever you decide on and have an absolute blast with it! πŸ™‚


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