Sorry it’s been so long since my last log; the holidays and a number of art commissions completely occupied my time these past few months!
Today I’d like to take you on a little trip to the 1930s. Also known as the Great Depression after the stock market crash of 1929, this decade saw the Dust Bowl in the Great Plains, the crash of the Hindenburg airship, the rise of Hitler to power in Germany, and the official start of World War II in 1939. All was not bleak, however. The 1930s also ushered in a bevy of new technologies, especially in aviation, radio, and film. The Empire State building was finished in 1931, Franklin D. Roosevelt elected President of the United States in 1932, and FM radio invented in 1933.
Amelia Earhart became the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928, and her disappearance in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe still remains a fascinating mystery. If you’ve ever wanted to channel her look, here’s your chance!
This is the setting pattern I used, with some alterations. Pin curls are a challenge for me, so I use foam rollers instead, and all curls at the back were curled under only. I did, however, follow the direction in the picture for all front and side curls.
You’ll need setting lotion mixed with water, foam curlers, a rattail comb for separating each piece, and duckbill clips for keeping the hair out of your face. You can also use the clips to section off your hair beforehand.
I used smaller rollers for the front and sides, and medium rollers in the back. No large rollers for this style; finger waves come from tight curls.
I always sleep on my curls to get a long-lasting set. Make sure they’re not too wet; I work with dry hair and spray each piece of hair with the setting lotion water mixture as I go. I do this in the afternoon to make sure it has time to dry by the morning.
You’ll need a regular brush for getting the curls brushed through a few times at first, and then switch to the bristle brush for the rest of the style. The pomade is for smoothing frizz and curl shaping.
Your curls should be nice and wavy now. Make a little bun at the base with the ponytail holder and bobby pin it underneath at the nape of your neck. Pin under any hair that escaped, and you’ll have a lovely faux bob.
Grab those duckbill clips again and slide them in at the crest and dip of each wave. If you lose a wave, comb through and push up the hair with your rattail comb; they’ll reappear.
And done! Hairspray generously.
Eye makeup should be natural. A little eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara, but not too noticeable. I’m also wearing BB cream and blush. Lipstick isn’t necessary for a true Amelia Earhart look, but it was common in the 1930s, and I like how it goes with the rest of the look. Lipstick at the time was matte red or burgundy. I use a moisturizer over top because my lips tend to get dry. You can wear simple pearls for jewelry, but I decided to go with earrings that have a slight dangle.
Long-sleeved white shirt from Old Navy (darted by me to fit better), clip-on silk tie from Goodwill, leather bomber jacket from Wilsons Leather, black high-waisted pants from Target, and loafers from Bass & Co.
Thank you for joining me on this voyage to the 1930s. I hope you’ve gathered some inspiration for your next vintage look! Stay tuned for more decades coming soon!