21 Unforgettable Hairstyles


1940s

Cary Grant's side-part style was popular in the 1940s.
Cary Grant's side-part style was popular in the 1940s.
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2. The Veronica Lake: The smoky, alluring look of this 1940s screen siren was identifiable by miles of long, wavy blonde hair that covered one eye. This was the hairstyle of a star; everyday women opted for a shorter, shoulder-length version of the wavy style.

3. The Rosie the Riveter: Rosie was a popular icon during the war era when many women pinned their long hair back and covered it with a bandanna while working inside or outside the home.

4. The Cary Grant: The movies struck again, influencing the men's hairstyle of the time. This was a precise cut with a severe side part and a whole lot of styling wax to make it shine. The look was suave and debonair, just like Grant himself.