Femme Fatale: Side-Parted Waves
The 1940s were a gorgeous decade for women’s fashion: women reacted to the beautifully masculine trends of the 1920s by showcasing more feminine styles, like longer hemlines, demure and modest makeup, and soft, wavy curls. Actress and heartthrob Veronica Lake, best known for her femme fatale roles in film noirs with Adam Ladd, played female characters born to kill, but with the softest, most feminine hair imaginable, doe eyes, and long, soft lashes. Here’s how to get her wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing hairstyle, and it’s deceptively easy.
- A small to medium sized Lionesse curling iron, preferably around 1” barrel.
- Firm hold hairspray such as Lionesse Holding Spray
- Clean, dry hair
- With clean, dry hair, create a very deep side part. The key to this look is how deep the side part is, since it adds volume and creates that drapey, romantic, sexy look we’re after. For reference, start at the arch of your eyebrow, and if that’s still too short, continue along your hairline to find which deep part looks best to you. Once you have your part, one side of your head will be pretty heavy, so clip up the top half to help with the curling process.
- Begin curling the first layer of the side of your head with the most hair using the Lionesse 1” curling iron. Don’t be afraid to curl sections of hair more than once to really perfect the curl and make sure it’s symmetrical with the other ones, and make sure your iron is as hot as possible while still being comfortable in order to get the most long-lasting curl.
- Continue curling, making sure that each curl is exactly the same: picture a Shirley Temple look, where all the curls start and end in the same place. It’ll look kind of weird, and possibly remind you of your first attempt at curling, but trust us: it’ll turn it beautiful at the end.
- Once you have your first layer down, (it should look like a nice, even row of symmetrical curls), take down your clip and do the exact same process to the top part, making sure the waves are identical and symmetrical.
- Do the same to the other side of your part: symmetrical, even, and identical curls are what you’re after.
- Once you’re done curling, set with Lionesse Holding Spray, and wait for about five minutes for the hair to partially set.
- Once your hair has slightly set, take a wide-toothed comb and begin to gently comb through your curls. As you do this, the curls will all begin to curl together, giving the appearance of the Veronica Lake wave we’re after.
- Keep combing, making sure not to go too hard and accidentally pull the curl too straight. Alternate between spraying with Lionesse Holding spray and combing until you have the wavy, romantic look you’re going for.
- Once you’re content, set with a mist of hairspray and fluff for volume. Voila! Instant 1940s glamor.