What's a woman's most versatile accessory? Well hair, of course! Women in the early 1940's certainly mastered the art of keeping their hair in place while still looking their most attractive and glamorous. My absolute favorites of the 1940's hairstyles are the fabulous variations of pompadours, rolls, and bangs.
1940's pompadour hairstyles can have many variations. The high rolled top section can be smoothed straight back off the forehead or combed into forward roll bangs. It can be used in combination with rolls at the nape of the neck or with "Victory" rolls. Sometimes the hair is left to fall in soft waves in the back. The true pompadour has a lot of volume which was achieved by back-combing or by utilizing a "rat" to support the hair. During the war years, women used to save the hair that accumulated in their hair brush and then used it to stuff a stocking. This "rat" was then used to roll the hair to achieve the needed volume. Tip: You could actually recreate this method for styling the hair on your own Gene Marshall doll.