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70802-0001 - Japanese Woman Curling Hair, 1920s

Woman Curling Hair

Artist Unknown
Publisher Unknown
Medium Gelatin Silver Print
Period Showa
Location Studio
Image No. 70802-0001
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A young Japanese woman waving her bobbed hairstyle.

The bob was first started in the USA in 1915 by celebrated ballroom dancer Irene Castle (1893-1969).

It was perfect for the free-spirited youth of the time and turned into a controversial craze during the 1920s. The bob became the signature look of the flapper.

It didn’t take long for young Japanese women with modern ideas to take to the new hairstyle. Compared to the traditional Japanese styles it was extremely easy to care for, as well as liberating.

Flapper hairstyle 1920s
The kind of American hairstyle and make-up that influenced Japanese women during the 1920s.

For more information about the modernizing Japanese woman during the 1920s and 1930s, see 1930s • Woman with Modern Hairdo.


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Duits, Kjeld (). 1920s: Woman Curling Hair, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on October 1, 2022 (GMT) from

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Japanese women have such lovely hair. It’s almost a shame to see this done but it was a fad. Compared to what women do to their hair today, this is nothing.


this is gross looking


Great picture. That looks like quite the dangerous contraption.


I was looking for 1920’s hairstyles for longer hair and found this. That contraption looks amazing! My mother is a hairdresser, as was my grandmother, and I often get roped in to help so this is quite fascinating. And I’m sure this young woman took better care of her hair than a lot of young women and men today.