What is the Eton Harvest?

The bob is a longer version of the Eton culture.

The Eton vintage was born out of necessity and perhaps a minor rebellion in the 1920s. This type of haircut usually involved trimming a woman’s flowing curls in favor of the tapered look worn by men. It included small twists of hair on the sides to resemble sideburns and a slicked-back look at the front and crown, also similar to men’s. Depending on the woman, a curly textured wave may have provided a feminine touch, although the ears were typically exposed.

Women who adopt this type of hairstyle are due in part to the popularity of the choche hat, which clung tightly to a woman’s head like a bell and grazed itself into a subtle brim across the forehead. Brylcreem and other popular ointments were used to keep the hair combed close to the scalp, a practice already used by men. In America, star/seductress Josephine Baker helped make the style more accepted, although it’s in Britain where it originated.

The name Eton crop was apparently adopted by 1920s writers because of the hairstyle’s resemblance to another cropped style of the time – favored by students at England’s prestigious all-male Eton College. Etiquette watchers regretted seeing the style on women, which often required the back of the neck to be shaved to give the hair a clean, even look. The style was also reportedly popular among the lesbian community at the time, which was another cause for alarmist concerns.

The women of 2011 can still be seen with the Eton crop hairstyle, although they are not likely to encounter the same scorn reaction. It’s not the only 1920s hair style to last, though it was the shortest. Some variations of Eton culture include the gravel style – with a pronounced shaved back, but one or both ears covered; the Dutch boy – with bangs giving the cut a square look; and the bob – with the ears covered. The bob is also credited with forming the basis of all other short styles of the era. Often, the so-called Marcel wave was incorporated, which gave the hair a wavy and more feminine texture.

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Another popular hairstyle of 20’s women is called headphone. It wraps a part in the middle, with each side ending in a bun over the ears. This style was made famous by Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy.

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