But the one accessory that women did have was hair, and during such a resourceful time, where everyone saved and reused everything they had, having a fancy 'hairdo' was cheap, and one way of dressing up any outfit.
Amazingly I would have been quite fashionable (for a change) if I had lived during this time as dark hair and curls were all the rage. As my hair has got progressively curlier after having my last three children, it would have meant less work in the morning (or rather less discomfort during the night), as I set to work curling my hair. Probably sleeping in rollers would have been the go, or setting it in pin curls.
Doing hair became a real hobby and was a bit of a craze during the 1940s, probably a bit like scrapbooking is a thing today (or is that already gone by the way side?) Anyway.....
At the end of the war, when the Allied Forces were declared victorious apparently the 'V' for Victory was everywhere, and was even seen in hairstyles...therefore the name 'Victory Rolls'. People were celebrating everywhere (there was much to celebrate!) and even women's hair was partying too!!
There are so many variations to the Victory Roll and the other fancy 'up-dos' of the period, and as I am discovering, it really is a matter of mucking about. I'm pretty average at doing my hair, although having said that I've never really given it a go, so today was as good a day as any to have an experiment. This is what I came up with.
(I'm looking more and more like my Grandmother!)
Anyway, I achieved this in about 5 minutes, would you believe. I discovered that it is easiest to use something to roll your hair around.....for example I used my bottle of Rosehip Oil, which is a small bottle, is a cylinder shape and is probably the diameter of a bit less than a 10 cent piece. (I'm talking an Australian 10 cent, which I think is similar to an American Dime.) I started at the bottom of my hair, rolling the bottle up, making sure to roll it 'inwards', or rather so the curl is rolling 'up' my head, instead of curling under....if that makes sense. Once it's at the top I just jab in a bobby pin at the front of the roll to secure it to my head, carefully pull out my Rosehip Oil container, and then pop a pin in from the back. It may need another pin or two, then finish it off with a bit of hairspray and you're away!
My rolls here aren't extreme...like this....
....and to be honest I don't think this look is really me. But a toned down version works just as well and it's a nice way to get your hair up off your face and make your day a little more interesting!
Have you tried anything different with your locks lately?