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Lillian Gish ~ A Captivating Silent Film Star

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Although not as talked about as many of the other famous women of her day, Lillian Gish was still a favorite ‘silent lady’ of many. There is no denying that with her glorious long, wavy locks that Lillian Gish captured the hearts of everyone who saw her.

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Lillian worked hard and was in more than 25 short films and features in her first two years as a movie actress alone.

Naturally, Lillian became a huge celebrity and was bestowed the title of "The First Lady of the Silent Screen".

Lillian was also a step above the other women of this decade and even directed one film. She never did it again, but it is doubtless that she helped to pave the way for the women who followed her.

Through it all, Lillian Gish was never seen looking anything but superb. Her long wavy locks something that she was very well known for.

In a time where some women were turning towards a more simple style for their hair, Lillian chose to view her locks as a crowning glory meant to be full of captivating length.

There of course were many other women who chose to also wear their tresses long and full of cascading waves.

Lillian Gish’s long, wavy tresses are actually not all that hard of a style to achieve, you just have to be prepared to put in the styling time necessary due to the length of the locks.

In fact, long, wavy locks like Lillian’s have never gone out of style. Many women of today’s times are still wearing the simple, yet elegant long wavy, hairstyle that Lillian Gish sported so beautifully.

With her short, partially side swept bangs and long, body forming layers, it is no wonder that Lillian stayed with this hairstyle.

Lillian Gish had very delicate facial features, her wide set eyes and tiny mouth could have easily been overwhelmed by her long, wavy tresses. Many ladies with small facial features find that too much hair simply takes over everything else.

Lillian however, found the secret to being able to have long locks while remaining in control of her hair instead of her hair being in control of her. Keeping her bangs swept to the side, and her hair flowing down her back instead of over her shoulders is just the perfect trick.

How To Style Lillian Gish Long Vintage Waves


Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner designed for your hair type.

Apply a generous amount of mousse or styling gel evenly throughout your locks and detangle using a wide toothcomb.

Allow to air dry naturally if possible or dry using a medium setting to prevent damage. In Lillian's time, her hair would have been set with medium sized rollers you can do the same or use a curling iron when your hair is dry. The curlers should be set vertically all around your hair.

Remove the rollers if they have been used.

Direct your hair the way you want it to go with your fingers. If you want waves like Lillian's instead of curls, comb out gently. Use pomade to direct your bags to the side with a portion remaining across the front.

Rub a small dab of setting lotion down the length of your hair avoiding the roots. This will help to control frizz.

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"You know, when I first went into the movies Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather. Later he played my father and finally he played my husband. If he had lived I'm sure I would have played his mother. That's the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women get older" ~ Quotes Lillian Gish
October 14, 1896 ~ February 27, 1993


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