The cutest curly vintage hairstyles: The Grecian, Gainsborough & waterfall from 1910

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Cute curly Grecian hairstyles - 1910 1912 (2)

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Grecian effects the choice of the season’s coiffures

by Jane Brayton

Time was when the “little girl who had a little curl that hung in the middle of her forehead” was an object of envy to every straight-haired mother’s daughter of us. But now if the poor soul is adorned with only the curls that grew on her little topknot, we pass her by with pity and hie us to a bargain counter, where we may buy yards and yards of ringlets.

It is the day of the curl, and nature never planted enough curls on anybody’s head, except perhaps on Medusa’s, to meet the requirements of the present fashions.

The general contour of the most favored coiffures is decidedly Grecian, but with such fluffy additions as to make the classic mode becoming to almost any face.

About the face, the hair is dressed very softly and naturally, either parted or with a sort of curled bang effect about the large Greek knot at the back of the head is placed a wide braid caught here and there with the fashionable shell pins, if desired, and from beneath this three to five curls hang upon the neck. For evening, when a band of metal ribbon is brought around the head, finished perhaps with a rosette or cabochon, the effect is most attractive.

Cute curly Grecian hairstyles - 1910 1912 (1)

The Gainsborough style

The Gainsborough style requires forty-‘leven curls. A soft twist of hair encircles the head, after the manner of the turban braid. The crown of the head is then filled in with a mass of loose curls, with several of them escaping from under the twist in the back to lie on the nape of the neck.

For the young face, to which the ringlets hanging in front of the ears can not import an old-maidish look, what is called the Recamier mode is very winsome. The hair is usually parted and allowed to fall in apparently careless curls over the ears. A tumble of curls is arranged at the top of the head and a narrow band of velvet or ribbon holds them in place.

One of the simpler effects is produced by covering the beehive frame — a wire, hair-covered frame, having a hole in the center of it that fits over the head like a cap — with a wide thick braid pulled out so that the sides of it completely cover the frame. About this is twisted a soft coil which may be held by big pins or threaded with gauze or satin ribbons for dressy occasions.

The old-fashioned waterfall hairstyle

The old-time waterfall style has been revived, with slight changes. The front hair is dressed becomingly, and the back hair is drawn to the crown of the head to fall in puffs and curls within the encircling twist of hair.

The pompadour has departed. The mattresses, with which we were wont to upholster our forehead, we now apply to the back of our heads, but the hair about the face must have a soft, fluffy, careless appearance. In spite of the tendency to very massive effects in present hair dressing, the trend is toward greater simplicity in arrangement, with the preference for the Greek angle or for the high dressing on the top of the head.

The cutest curly vintage hairstyles The Grecian, Gainsborough waterfall from 1910

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