The pageboy haircut is the 20th and 21st century hairstyle named after its association with Medieval English Page boys. She has straight, blunt hair, curled at the ends, with thick bangs cut straight across her forehead. This style is predominantly worn by women, but is also seen on some boys and men. Pageboys work best on oval or heart-shaped faces, but can be adapted to other face shapes depending on their length. People with round or rectangular faces should avoid using pageboys.
On a pageboy, the hair is straight and straight for most of its length, but turned down with a curling iron or curling iron. This style works best on people with straight, straight hair and requires a one-length or slightly angled cut. The pageboy haircut does not work on feathered or layered hair and rarely looks good on people with natural or permanent curls. Pageboys need regular curls to keep the ends of their hair neatly curled down and may also need to be trimmed frequently to maintain a well-groomed edge.
Oval and heart-shaped faces work best with the straight, blunt shapes of the pageboy haircut. People with high or narrow foreheads can benefit from the straight, horizontal bangs of this style. Those with relatively long or diamond-shaped faces do best with a short pageboy, while pointed chin and oblong faces work well with pageboy hairstyles between chin and shoulder length.
Not everyone can wear a pageboy haircut well. The rectangular horizontal elements of a pageboy style make people with round, pear-shaped, or square faces look even wider. Short pageboys often make a square jaw look wider, and long pageboy hairstyles can elongate a narrow face even further. Slightly tilting the hairstyle back and blending the bangs with the rest of the hair may reduce these problems for some, but it won’t eliminate them.
Pageboy hairstyles became popular in the mid-20th century, starting around the 1930’s and 1940’s. The pageboy of that period is slightly slanted, while pageboys of the 1950’s and later were usually cut straight. Despite the name, this style has not historically been used by pages any more than by other people; the association with the medieval period was mainly developed by fashion editors during the 1950s.
Women, youth and boys all wore this style during the mid-20th century, but it fell out of fashion for men. Pageboys were most popular between the 1950s and 1970s, when straight, straight hair was all the rage. The style returned to popularity periodically during the latter part of the 20th century and the first part of the 21st.