"I think you ought to do something to your hair. Why don't you have it waved?"
Marcel Wave (1926)
Public DomainMarcel Wave (1926) - Credit: Bain News Service
Marcel Wave (1927)
Public DomainMarcel Wave (1927) - Credit: unknown

Short, artificially-waved hair was a popular style for women during the 1920s and 1930s. Waves could be created using heated curling irons or simply by using the fingers and a comb on wet hair. Curling irons were first developed in the 1870s in France by Fran├žois Marcel Grateau, and the effect created by them became known as the Marcel Wave. Waves created by the alternative method were known as finger waves.

Click here to see a picture of the young Daphne du Maurier with a Marcel Wave.

Click here to see some more elaborate 1930s hairstyles.