A pageboy haircut is a hairstyle that was most popular in the 1950s and 1960s. It typically features bangs or fringe across the forehead and straight hair that hangs over the ears. The hair is a little longer at the back of the head, and the ends are usually turned under. The style somewhat resembles a long bob.
The pageboy haircut is so named because it is believed to resemble the style of a traditional English pageboy, a term used in England and Scotland for a young male servant, apprentice, or, more recently, a ring bearer at a wedding. The hairstyle was popularized in the 1950s by pin-up models and was subsequently made fashionable by numerous famous actresses. It was also trendy among the general public. The style was most popular among women, but some men wore the pageboy haircut as well, including members of the Beatles and some fictional characters.
This haircut is still worn in various forms. Some versions feature a choppier or layered cut for a more modern look. Very blunt bangs or fringe straight across the forehead rather than gradually angled at the sides offers a more contemporary take on the style. In some variations, the pageboy is worn shorter at the back of the head with the hair gradually lengthening to the chin. Some choose to wear a reverse pageboy, which is flipped out at the ends, rather than turned under.
The style is generally regarded as easy to wear and maintain. Regular trims are necessary for it to retain its shape and so the bangs or fringe do not become overly long. People with straight hair may be best suited for a pageboy haircut, as the style is usually worn smooth rather than curly or wavy. The use of hair gloss or straightening cream may be beneficial in styling this haircut. Daily blow drying, washing, and conditioning is recommended.
Most hairstylists and barbers are familiar with the pageboy haircut. Due to the many variations on the cut’s length and style, it may be beneficial to bring a detailed photo of the type of pageboy desired when considering this haircut. It is regarded as a flattering haircut on women of all ages. Those with delicate facial features, however, often look best with a pageboy haircut. The hair can be parted either in the center or at the side, depending on the wearer’s preference.