Vintage hairstyles: Victorian curls (1902)

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Hairstyles for women from 1902

Vintage hairstyles: Victorian curls (1902)

Milady’s winsome curl

In a variety of new forms, it again holds sway

“The beauty of a silken lock turned like a perfect rhyme”

Where woman’s coiffure is concerned the curl is still queen. The height of its power seems not yet to have been reached, in spite of a season’s reign. In a variety of new forms, this little fascinator bids fair to hold sway over feminine fancy and the hearts of the opposite sex.

Never did woman add more potently to the charm of her evening dress than when she borrowed from the ladies of the court of Louis XVI this accompaniment to the low-cut gown. There are few types of beauty which it will not adorn with advantage.

The curl seems to adapt itself to the individuality of every owner. It is sweet and girlish for the debutante, and, in another form, adds dignity to the matron. It is stately, coy, artistic or conventional, as each case demands.

Vintage hairstyles: Victorian curls (1902)

In any form, the low coiffure takes ten years from a woman’s age. This is one reason why she will cling to it as long as Dame Fashion will at all permit. Then it is undoubtedly true that this form of hairdress is far more becoming to the majority of women than is the hair worn high.

A leading artist in this line explains it very simply: “In the low coiffure, the hair is drawn back very much as nature intended it should fall. It is reasonable that this should be more, beautiful on most women than when the hair is drawn and caught in directions nature never intended it should be. It is difficult to improve upon nature.”

Vintage hairstyles: Victorian curls (1902)

But it is the tall, stately woman who benefits most from the low coiffure. She, indeed, never entirely forswears fealty to it, even when the high artificial effects are in vogue. The hair worn low, with an evening gown, hides the defect of a neck which is rather too long, as nothing else can do. For the young girl whose neck is still a trifle too slender or undeveloped, the hair, gathered in a knot, high on the head, and then falling in a curl or two to the shoulder line, gives the necessary roundness and full effect. Only those whose necks approach perfection of form can afford to despise the beauty giving touch of the curl.

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For the woman who finds it necessary to add to her apparent inches, the proper effect of height is obtained with the low coiffure by waving the hair high about the forehead before drawing it back. It is the endless variety of the front hairdress that makes the low coiffure possible with any type of face.

Vintage hairstyles: Victorian curls (1902)

Wave is imperative

A wave there always is — that is essential. And it should be a loose, natural wave. Not hard or crimpy. Indeed, from the face to the coil is one immense wave in all the smartest coiffures. But the wave may, flow back smoothly from the face, or, equally correct, may rise to the proportions of a pompadour about the face.

The newest curl is much shorter and more slender than formerly. That known as the “Janice Meredith,” a heavy bunch of curls falling over the shoulder or far down the back, is decidedly passe.

Vintage hairstyles: Victorian curls (1902)

In one of the latest designs, the hair is waved back all over the head, that which falls being divided into two long curls. These are now caught up loosely and entwined, so as to produce the effect of a bow, with large loops and small ends.

The loops are then fastened flat and low down on the head with large shell combs, one comb holding each loop. The short ends form two little curls, which hang daintily from beneath, barely reaching below the neck. When the hair is too long to make only the one bow, it is still further entwined and pinned down over the back of the head in the same ribboned effect.

The appearance is full and soft and flat. In all the smartest designs now, the aim is to make the coil fit low and close to the back of the head, no matter to what height it may be puffed on top. Nothing is more important than that a hard, bunchy look shall be avoided in the coiffure which is worn with a curl.

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Vintage hairstyles: Victorian curls (1902)


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