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Question ID# - 69

 Talia

 I've been trying to make myself up like a 20s Flapper lately. I have the clothes and makeup down, but I can't seem to get my hair to look right! It's the right length, but looking through pictures they did other things to their hair besides just cutting it--a popular look seems to have been straight hair worn close to the head at the top but curled around the ears and neck. I can not figure out how anybody managed to do these styles!!

 Janet:

  Popular hairdo's of the 1920s started the decade as short, simple bobs and turned, by 1923, into an undulated version called the "shingle". The flappers of the mid-late 1920s wore their hair short and straight with spit curls framing the face. You can use saliva (or a modern-day setting lotion) to bind your hair and twirl a small section of hair around your finger to create the curls. In the nostalgic era of the 1960s, I used a combination of beer and spit to set my curls!


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5/12/2003 9:02:28 PM

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Janet Pytowski Janet Pytowski is a freelance fashion and beauty writer. She is the President of VIDCAT Productions, a company specializing in runway and archival fashion footage. Her company produced the documentary "Fashion Flashbacks!" that highlights fashion newsreels from the 1950s-1960s. Janet is a Press member of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and a Co-Founder of FASHIONDIG.

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