I often remark that people tend to forget that the silent era lasted over 30 years and many hairstyles came and went during that time. Silent movie hairstyles were about more than just Louise Brooks bobs and Rudolph Valentino oil slicks. Let’s talk about hair that was… bigger.
(As always, I will be linking to my review of the GIFs source.)
One of the best big hairstyles of the silent era was sported by Nazimova in Camille. She was NOT messing around and bless her for it! Not even Valentino could stand up to her mass of curls and acting talent.
While not quite as bouffant as Nazimova, Nathalie Lissenko still manages to get some height in her hair for The Burning Crucible, a splendidly weird mystery/comedy/drama.
Big hair wasn’t just for the ladies. Here is Douglas Fairbanks showing off his new ‘do in A Modern Musketeer. At the time, he was famous for his modern adventure comedies and costume pictures were seen as a risky change of genre. That explains the, “Hey, look at this crazy getup, guys!” expression.
Bobs and bangs notwithstanding, Mary Pickford’s curls were probably the most famous follicles of the silent era. Here she is in M’Liss showing off their full glory.
Before she pranced about with bubbles and fans, Sally Rand was a contract player in Cecil B. DeMille’s troupe. Here she is in The Fighting Eagle, wearing a gown by Adrian and a mad curly beehive.
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