Vintage hairstyles: Banding the forehead (1902)

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hairstyle forehead band

hairstyle forehead band

Banding the forehead

Fashions in hairdressing take queer and quick moves, and this year there is a law that says that the hair must be done in very elaborate ways. The back is arranged with combs, the top with flowers and aigrettes and with bows and pins.

And now, it is the forehead which must be dressed.

Woman, busy though she is, has been compelled to consider the adorning of the neck, the wrists, the instep and the ears.

But until lately the forehead escaped attention. A few stray hairs were curled upon it, or that which was already a low pompadour was coaxed to lie still lower. But this season the forehead will be distinctly dressed, and not carelessly, either, but in a certain and very definite way. It will be conspicuously adorned, and you will see its decoration from afar.

It was a beautiful Washington belle, who dressed her shoulders low and placed a wreath of roses over each shoulder strap. Then she coiled her hair way down or her neck. And over the top of her head she placed a narrow strap of white ribbon. The hair, which was parted in a Cleo de Merode style, was brushed down each side in such a plain and simple way that both ears were covered. There was not the suspicion of a wave in the hair.

Across the forehead, there was banded a strap of white ribbon — and over each ear, just where the ribbons met, there was sentineled a white rose.

This white rose, standing guard over each ear, coming at each side of the head, low and a little front, made a charming ornament. And so did the strap of ribbon across the forehead, which was the feature of the coiffure.

Vintage hairstyles: Banding the forehead

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