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Back 50 years for a new hairstyle (1921)

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Back just half a century for a new style for 1921

by Cora Moore, New York’s Fashion Authority

New York (Special by Mail) – There’s a new style of the coquettish “waterfall” of the 1870s.

Miss Vivian Martyn, pretty screen star of many a Goldwyn picture, originated it, and already it is being copied by so many of her admirers, that it bids fair to become a standard style for 1921. It is so adaptable to almost any type of face that I asked Miss Martyn her method of dressing it.

“First,” she said, “I comb my hair out, but I must tell you my hair is not very even and is inclined to be crimpy rather than curly. So I make an asset of that.”

Miss Martyn is a great believer in making the most of one’s individual characteristics rather than decrying them. For instance, the latest mode of hair-dress has favored the smooth and satiny head. Miss Martyn’s hair is naturally light and fluffy. Consequently her first move is to disregard fashion’s edicts.

“I begin,” Miss Martyn directs, “by parting it through the center. Then I part it the other way down just in front of my ears, then still again crosswise just above my ears. This makes three sections of hair.

“Next I take the second section and arrange it across the back of my head, allowing it to fall as the picture shows, then I draw the first named section straight but not too tightly across, pinning at the back and allowing the ends to fall down with the rest; finally, I take the last section, which is smallest, and fashion it into little ringlets or coils and pin them securely at the top and back of my head where they form a sort of top-piece for the down-hanging hair – and that is all.

“I am so glad you like it, this new way of hair-dress of mine, because I like it myself!”

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