Saturday, November 3, 2012

1940s Bang/Fringe Wave (Judy Garland Inspired)

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in 'Babes on Broadway'
Figured i'd turn this post into a bit of a hair tutorial.  One of my favorite movies is Babes on Broadway (1940) with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. Judy Garland's hair has always been such an inspiration for me, and if you know your pin curling, the styles really aren't that hard to figure out.  When i first got into vintage, i hardly ever did pin curls because they were just too hard for me at the time.  Now that i have more experience with them, i do them almost every time i set my hair, which is all the time.  
Here is just a side note, if you aren't really into pin curls, try them, but dont give up.  There is a special trick to them that can never be explained.  Each one of us does them just a little bit differently due to our hair thickness or type, and how well it holds curl... like i said, i cant really be explained.  A flick of the wrist here, a twisting of the entire arm there, it really is an art, but it seems to be so much more authentic than rollers when doing specific looks.

IF YOU DONT HAVE BANGS:  go ahead and try this.  I saw a movie once where  a lady didn't have a fringe, but pinned her hair right behind the wave, letting the rest fall to the side  so that it was nice and fluffy around her face.   It is possible, i just haven't tried it because i have bangs.

You can also do this with a Bettie bangs length!

The following set is a section off the top of  about 11/2 to 2 inches thick and 4 to 5 inches across the forehead.
please remember that whichever side you part your hair on, the pin curls need to be stemming AWAY from the part.  The back is probably just forward pin curls with a reverse row  in the middle.  Whatever you like is fine.

Memories of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney
Happy Birthday Judy Garland!
Babes on Broadway (Busby Berkeley, 1941)
Memories of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney
you can also place your finger right in the middle of the wave, place a pin right under your finger  and allow the ends of hair to curl around and hide the pin, making a cute wave/curl.  (shown is Judy Garland in Strike Up the Band and one of the actresses [left] in an Abbott and Costello movie)

Deanna Durbin with a killer pin curl set and fringe wave

So that you can get many views of the style, a little inspiration and a snapshot of the movie,
here is a video from youtube of someones favorite moments  from Babes on Broadway.



Brittany_Va-VoomVintage said...

I love the waved fringe look. For some reason, I've never tried it though! I think I'll have to do this sometime this week. I've been terrible with setting my hair lately but I plan to make time to do it tonight. Thanks for sharing, Judy's hair is always perfection! x

Lil said...

I do pin curl my hair, but I just pin them in any old fashion and I am yet to try a set as I do fear that it will go wrong and I will just end up with frizzy fluff. Do you use any specific sets or know where I could get some from?
Love Lil x

Nika Chick said...

Thank you, Beth! I like Judy Garland very much, and her hair is always an object to admire. I will try to do it the same!

Miss Fairchild said...

Thanks so much for this...I am going to have to give it a go.