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Old 08-02-2007, 01:47 AM
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Is there a name for this 1950s lady's hairstyle?

This picture is of my mother from ca. 1952-1955. Judging from pics of other relatives from the same time this short hairstyle seemed to be very popular and I'm trying to find the name of it from something I'm writing. Does anyone know what it would be called?

I believe Kim Novak popularized it, but I may be wrong. I've definitely seem pics of Ava Gardner and Susan Hayward when they had similar hairstyles (albeit from movies as opposed to "real life" shots).
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:55 AM
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Might be what was called a "Pixie" cut. My mother ran a beauty shop for 30 years back then, and styles a lot of women's hair in that style.
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:05 AM
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I can't really find a name for it, just "short and curly" or "perm". This page has some good pictures of it.
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:33 AM
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Looks like a poodle to me. page down to Lucy.
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:38 AM
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It's a 1950's styled hair day
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Old 08-02-2007, 04:34 AM
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Neither a pixie nor a poodle. But I don't know what it's called.
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Old 08-02-2007, 04:42 AM
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It's a 1950's styled hair day
My mother had hair like that once. For 20 minutes. In 1967.
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:44 AM
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It's an Italian haircut. First popularized by Gina Lollabrigida, it became very popular throughout the '50s. Sophia Loren was another who popularized this cut, as well as ELizabeth Taylor.

When my sister-in-law went to beauty school in the '80s, she was taught this haircut. Even then, there were lots of old ladies still wearing some version of it.
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:58 AM
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i think the generic name is a "bob." That's any short haircut on a woman.
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:25 AM
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I'd go with "bob" too. A pixie would be quite short. (No hair over the ears, taper cut.)
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:57 AM
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Based on this site, it's an Italian Boy with maybe some poodle-ish elements. Definitely not a pixie.

So, yeah...what Jess said.

(That site has some great pictures!)
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Old 08-02-2007, 12:06 PM
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i think the generic name is a "bob." That's any short haircut on a woman.
No, a bob is usually chin length.
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:57 PM
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No, a bob is usually chin length.
No, a bob is merely short. Don't ask for a specification on "short."
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:11 PM
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It's a 1950's styled hair day
Gad, that was vile!

I salute you!
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:17 PM
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Audrey Hepburn goes into a barber shop in Rome in Roman Holiday and gets a haircut very similar to this, so I'm going with the Italian explanation.

Sampiro, your mom's cute in that photo.
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Old 08-02-2007, 04:46 PM
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Based on this site, it's an Italian Boy with maybe some poodle-ish elements. Definitely not a pixie.

So, yeah...what Jess said.

(That site has some great pictures!)
I think it looks more like the "Petal Curls" look on that page.
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Old 08-02-2007, 04:50 PM
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I agree. It's a petal curl.
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Old 08-02-2007, 05:36 PM
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No, a bob is merely short. Don't ask for a specification on "short."
But isn't a bob an all-one-length cut, not layered? (with or without bangs, horizontal or angled)

http://search.com/reference/Colleen_Moore
http://abeaumondesalon.com/images/bob.gif
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:25 PM
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But isn't a bob an all-one-length cut, not layered? (with or without bangs, horizontal or angled)

http://search.com/reference/Colleen_Moore
http://abeaumondesalon.com/images/bob.gif
I've heard that referred to as a pageboy, or a Cleopatra bob. The existence of such specific modifiers implies, to me, that "bob" is a generality.
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:50 PM
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I just spoke with my sister-in-law and it's all more complicated than I remembered. The Italian haircut was originally called an 'artichoke cut' or, sometimes, a 'petal cut.' But, once Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren started wearing it, it became increasingly known as an Italian Cut. At first, it was very short and gamine. It got longer and more... structured and dowdy as the '50s wore on. But the artichoke, petal, and italian are all the same basic cut. There could be some variation on the set and comb out.

There was a whole section on this in her beauty school manual. She was tested on it and everything. And, as I said, there were still old ladies wearing this style in the mid '80s when Wendy was in school. Probably still are!
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:14 PM
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The traditional bob is a short, sleek and severe cut with all the hair being cut in to the same length, except, of course the bangs. The length of the bob is usually between the chin and the shoulders.
From here.
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:26 PM
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I have nothing to add, except that I always wondered what Mamma looked like! Thanks, Sampiro! She's a piece of rebar in a cute package!
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Old 08-03-2007, 12:23 AM
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In the early 20th Century, if you had your hair bobbed, you had it cut short, but that was in comparison to how long it had been previously which was often down to the waist. So the meaning has been a little slippery through the years. I wore my hair in what my hairdresser called a bob for about seven years. He would agree with gigi and twixter's.

lissener, a "pageboy" always turned under some so that the wearer looked like a British pageboy in 1950s movies. A bob can be a pageboy, but not all bobs are.

I disagree with some of the photos that are labeled bobs where the hair is curly, but back then -- in the thirties -- they may very well have been called that.

And keep in mind that not every hairstyle had a name. We just pointed to a style in the book or magazine or on a celebrity and said, "Do that!"
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Old 08-03-2007, 09:41 AM
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Gina Lollobrigida had hair?
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