Beauty - Coiffures
( Originally Published 1924 )
We're going to take it for granted that the hair has been cleansed and cared for until in quality and sheen it is all that can be desired. We will now see what can be done with it to improve Milady's appearance.
A little comma at one time cost the government many dollars. This tragedy of wrong punctuation has a corresponding tragedy in an unbecoming hair-dress. Contour of face, the height of the figure, the clothes and their harmony with the back-ground, all of these points must be considered be-fore deciding on a certain coiffure.
If the forehead is smooth and low, and if the hair grows in charming but severe points which stand out well against the whiteness of the skin, pull the hair back. But if the forehead is high and the temples too prominent, or if the roots or the hair are too much separated, or your friends tell you that you have an intellectual forehead, then it is better to cover it.
You do not need to adopt any particular style of hair-dressing because a certain leader of fashion or films has made such an impression with hers. You may have her temperament, but you can claim no personality but your own. Dare to be your own designer, but before you launch out on your creative career, be sure that you understand some of the principles governing design.
Just as what you do day-by-day and hour-by-hour governs your manner of dress, so should your activities control the selection of your type of hair-dressing.
The outdoor woman chose simple comfortable clothes and, to be thoroughly consistent, she wore bobbed, then shingled hair. Short hair, unfortunately however, is not compatible with the dignity of an evening gown. There should be a more formal coiffure.
The coiffure that follows the contour of the head is generally the neatest and most artistic. No mat-ter what is the prevailing style in hair-dressing, one should always observe proportion. The head should never appear too large for the body nor too small, altho the Grecian idea of the small head with con-forming hair outline is far preferable to one where the hair is puffed out and matted into a grotesque mass. In hair-dressing, as in all other art, simplicity is the most necessary element of beauty.
When you purchase a hat, never be unwise enough to choose one that will require a rearrangement of your hair. When you have decided upon the coiffure which suits your features, the size of your head, the length of your neck, the width of your shoulders, and the size and height of your figure, do not change it. A hat which requires a special padding of curls, puffs, and other aids will never look well when there has not been an opportunity to arrange an elaborate coiffure.
The rules which apply to one's choice of hats apply to the dressing of one's hair. The woman with the round face should avoid the fullness over the ears which increases the breadth of her face. She should comb her hair softly away from the forehead. The short neck is not suited to low dressing of the hair. The triangular face or the ethereal type, with pointed chin, is not flattered by broad effects. Bobbed hair has proved a beautifier to many a girl with this type of face, but when youth is on the wane it is safer not to gamble. The woman with the square face and full chin should arrange her hair so that breadth is given to the top of her head. If the eyes are set high in Japanese fashion, the hair should not be worn low on the forehead; but if the eyes are set low, the hair can be very becomingly swung across the forehead.
Long May the Permanent Wave
We are told by many who know that the permanent wave verifies the expression that there is nothing new under the sun. Egyptians and other ancient peoples had permanent waves. Permanent waving is being perfected more and more. The discomfort of sitting as stiff as a stick in a chair for three hours with one's hair wound round a rod and stuck in a tube while the current is on, to heat and heat until even the little pads that protect the scalp sizzle—that can be endured. But after all the discomfort to find that the curl resembles a frizzle! . . . there's the tragedy. Hair is now tested, before waving all of it, with one curl; an experiment which determines the kink of curl and the length of time required for "baking."
Permanent waves are often of great satisfaction, and certainly free one from the endless task of curl papers or iron. That is, if they are successful. All's well that ends well; but playing safe and going to an operator whose reliability has been proved, is the better part of wisdom.