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1920s Hairstyles That Defined The Decade, From The Bob To Finger Waves (PHOTOS)

The 1920s was a decade defined by social and cultural rebellion. From the bootleggers who smuggled moonshine across state lines to the women's suffrage movement that helped to secure the right to vote, the Roaring Twenties caused quite a commotion.

Another highlight of the '20s that exemplified change was the evolution of women's hairstyles. Ladies were saying goodbye to their long Victorian locks and welcoming much shorter hairdos. The mass appeal of this trend wasn't accepted by many salons, so barbers became the go-to for 1920s hairdressing. Armed with close-cutting scissors known as shears, these bold women were in well-trained hands. Elaborate and expensive jewels worn as headpieces added a feminine touch.

Twenties hairstyles fall into five categories that were popularized by famous faces. Here's a list:

1 & 2. Silent Era film stars such as Louise Brooks and Anna May Wong were known for the bob and shingle cut (a bob haircut with a tapered back).

Louise Brooks
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Anna May Wong
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Colleen Moore
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Bessie Smith
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3. Jazz Age icon Josephine Baker was daring enough to go even shorter with the Eton crop.

Josephine Baker
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Jean Arthur
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4. Flapper girls made finger and Marcel waves the "It" hair.

Marlene Dietrich
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Anita Page
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Joan Crawford
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Claudette Colbert
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5. Clara Bow, Greta Garbo and designer Coco Chanel opted for cropped curls.

Clara Bow
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Greta Garbo
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Norma Shearer
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Coco Chanel
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Which '20s hairstyle is your favorite?

Take a look back at 1920s fashion icons:

1920's Style Icons

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