Whenever I look for hair inspiration, Milla Jovovich never disappoints. She is a chameleon who is capable of capturing any era's style, but also always knows how to keep it modern rather than retro. This ranges from the short flapper looks (complete with bejeweled headbands) of the 1920s to the long boho chic looks of the 1970s. One decade she does particularly well--and it seems to be a repeat favorite of hers--is the style of the 1940s. As you'll see, her own inspiration comes from my beloved classic cinema--lovelies like Lauren Bacall in her pin-curled bobs, Rita Hayworth in her side-swept waves, and Veronica Lake in her long cascading curls. Get inspired by photo after photo of this cinema connection and then learn how to create these looks for yourself below.
Short pin-curled bob a la Lauren Bacall
Medium length one-shouldered waves a la Rita Hayworth
Long cascading waves a la Veronica Lake
As you can see, 1940s style is all about working waves and curls into the hair no matter what the length. In many cases, you can add variety to the look depending on how much curl you really want to have. For instance, Veronica Lake's long locks could range from beachy waves to something more calculated and curly.
For me, these looks used to be a real challenge. Whenever I would try them, my naturally straight hair would fall flat. So I started using products that enhanced the curl--usually intended for refining very curly hair--to help mine hold waves and curls better. Paul Mitchell now makes a line called Truth About Curls that I use for a multitude of purposes. The Spring Loaded shampoo is a must for the fact that I only use sulfate-free shampoo on my hair...it maintains your color and protects your scalp. It's the way any of my looks begin. The Full Circle Leave-In Treatment is something I live by now...putting it in my wet hair to condition as it air dries, or using it to prep and protect my hair if I decide to blow dry. Then to really encourage my curls, I rub a little Twirl Around between my palms and lightly work through my hair to create smooth frizz-free curls with a curling iron or rollers. Depending on the look, I may add a little volumizer for even more lift and finish with a light mist of hairspray for hold.
How do you handle your own curls (or lack thereof)? My friends at Paul Mitchell want to hear your #CurlConfessions on Twitter and Facebook. And here are a couple of pages of "How To"--from yesterday and today--to help you work your curls into some seriously modern 1940s style.
Hair "How To" for Lauren Bacall's curls (above) and Veronica Lake's waves