The Mingle – An early 1930s Hairstyle
British hairdressers came up with this novel hairstyle in the early nineteen thirties as an answer to European hairdressers who dominated the industry at the time.
Much publicity has been given to the Mingle by the newspapers; in fact, no modern mode has ever received so much mention. It has been well received by the public, and was heartily welcomed by the hairdresser. Not only in Britain, but also on the Continent it has become the vogue. This is the first time in the history of the profession that a truly British mode of hairdressing has received such consideration abroad. In fact, it must be stated that it is the first time that a complete mode of hairdressing has been evolved on this side of the Channel.
The Mingle, like its forerunner the Shingle, is based upon the short hair mode. While it is decidedly different from the Eton Crop, the Bob, the Bingle, and the Shingle, it embodies the most satisfactory features of each of these erstwhile modes.
The need for a distinctive mode, withal charming to the wearer, practical for everyday use, and adaptable for evening wear, was imperative. Specially chosen experts collaborated in order to evolve a new, yet suitable, mode of hairdressing based upon short hair. Early in November, 1931, came the first news of the new mode. The Mingle had arrived.