Figure 1.--This American boy wears a sweep front rathercthan bangs with his ringlets. Notice how mother has carefully arranged them on his shoulder. Click on the image to see his entire suit.

Ringlet Curls: Sweep Front

Some boys were styled with a sweep or wave of hair at the front. In some case the sweep was highly styalized and in others in was a simple sweep to one side. Either way it was a significant contrast to the bangs style where the hair fell straight down over the forehead. This could be styled with a side part and the wave would be swept of from the part. This was to become a standard feature of boys' hair curls in the mid-1950s, without of course the ringlets.

One HBC contributor had an interesting observation. I was struck by the fact that except for the ringlet curls on the side, the sweep haor style was very similar to the hair style commonly worn by boys in the 1950s and 60s. It was called a regular cut. Boys that did not wear a crew cut or popmedor would wear this style. It disappeared in the 1970s.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: May 17, 2000
Last edited: May 18, 2000