1900 hairstyles

We have information and pictures of hairstyles from the early 1900s.

These sepia photographs from the turn of century offer some great examples of hair and clothes from that time period.


Family Portrait 1900's

This first one shows a portrait of a husband and wife posing with their baby. The embossing shows an imprint from Sterling Studio of Tacoma, WA. The woman has her straight brunette hair pulled back in a simple updo with a part down the middle and she is bang-less. This was before women began cutting their locks in shorter lengths and it was considered feminine to sport long hair even though they usually wore it up for practicality. Her husband is balding and hair is very thin on the top of the head. The baby is wearing a white dress and it is hard to know whether this is a girl or boy since they often dressed both in dresses at this age. The mother has a very modest full length Victorian style dress that has a high button collar and ornate lacy accessories at the neckline. She has a wide belt and long sleeves. There is a longer necklace that has something at the end of it which is tucked into the belt. This would be a pocket watch. The father is wearing a dark suit with a white shirt and tie and vest. Folks were very formal when out in public.

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What a lovely vintage inspired hairstyle that would be perfect for so many occasions.

Vintage Side Ponytail

She has very defined and deliberate waves that are created using hair products that will keep the strands together and in curled position. The bangs are brought back from the forehead and lifted a bit into shape for some height. The mane is pulled into a ponytail at the back of the neck and the length cascades over one shoulder in a side swept fashion. The way this one is curled is almost reminiscent of pin curls but these are much bigger and twisted in various directs for an edgy appeal. She is wearing long dangle jeweled earrings and strapless white gown.

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During the early 1900's woman generally had long hair but often wore it up to keep it out of the way of chores as a practical measure.

Early 1900s Updo

A deep and deliberate side part separates the two sides. Her hair is naturally wavy and somewhat kinky. It was probably difficult to control this trait but pulling it back and into a bun helped to manage the bushiness. You can barely see a barrette that is used to secure the rear portion. She is not wearing a stitch of make-up. Her white gauzy cotton blouse has a modest v-neck with ruffles lining it.

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This is an actual vintage photo that is a great example of an early 1900's hairstyle.


This Victorian updo is full of poof around the crown and the front area is embellished with curls that cover over the forehead. Women of this time period still wore their locks long and pulled up into styles that looked short and kept the mane out of the way of chores and such. She is wearing a lacy white blouse with a black choker. Her face is quite plain as make-up was not common.

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Women of this era often wore their up and this one has large rolls all around the head. This is an actual period photo circa late 1800's to early 1900's.

Victorian Updo

Victorian Updo / HairStyleTwist

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