Actress Beauty Tip #17: Carole Lombard Curls

**Firstly, happy birthday to my dad-famous to all of you for his insightful “Summer Place” comments 🙂 **

This is the seventeenth installment of the monthly classic actress beauty tips that I have read about and tested.

1930s Carole Lombard hairstyle I was trying to copy

In honor of Carole Lombard’s birthday on October 6 (what also happens to be my mother’s birthday), I wanted to try to style my hair like her’s.

I’ve always loved the way her hair is a soft halo around her face, particularly in the late 1930s and early 1940s.  However my hair is too short to accurately copy that styles so I decided to try Carole”s early 1930s look.

I’m not the best at styling my hair so I kept it simple and used heat curlers.

After heating the curlers, I divided my hair into four sections-2 on my left and right side and one in the back. Then I rolled my hair under and all the way up to the root.  I kept my hair parted to the side when I rolled my hair. I let the curlers sit in my hair and then unrolled them. This was the result:

Front shot of my hair

Side shot

Back shot of my hair-had a hard time in the back with the short hair along my neck

To review:  I was pretty pleased with the way my hair turned out and thought it was sorta similar to early 1930s Carole. I did have a hard time rolling my hair because it was slick. If any of you have this issue, maybe try spraying a light coat of hairspray on your hair first- I’m going try this next time. My hair has been short since October 2009, but I plan on growing it out this year-that way I can test some 1940s actress hairstyles for more beauty tip fun.

Check back next month for November’s beauty tip. Also check back this weekend for more Carole Lombard fun for the Carole Lombard blogathon celebrating Carole’s 103 birthday!

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12 thoughts on “Actress Beauty Tip #17: Carole Lombard Curls

  1. My mother was from that era, and I believe women achieved that look using “pin curls.” Short pieces of hair are twisted in circles and held with bobby pins until dry and set. I love the look of the 30s styles, but don’t have the patience to spend that much time achieving the look.


    • Haha yeh my mom and I have tried pin curls before, but didn’t have much luck. I guess I should try it again.
      Heat curlers were just easier and faster for the time being.


    • Thanks 🙂 I’m trying to grow out my hair so I can try Veronica and other stars long hair looks 🙂

      I will have to attempt pin curls in the near future!


  2. Looks great on you — somewhere, Carole is smiling!

    Getting very excited about “Carole-tennial(+3)!” — it should be plenty of fun, and I eagerly await everyone’s entries.


    • @Vincent and Jessica:

      I’ve been following the blogathon. Is this goind to be included in the final round-up of Carole Lombard posts or are you planning something else Jessica or neither? I’m enjoying all these posts about Lombard. 🙂


  3. I love the curls, so pretty! I will definitely have to try this, though my hair can be annoyingly difficult sometimes. Anyway, a great tribute to Carole! 🙂


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