Δευτέρα, 12 Δεκεμβρίου 2011

Victorian Hairstyles






 The elegant and elaborate hairstyles fashionable in Victorian times are famous for their beauty.


 The expression, "a woman’s crowning glory" had its origins dating back to the Victorian Period. But ironically, women's hair during this era of romance and feminine mystery was often severely damaged from the relentless use of hot irons.  Hair became scorched and often had an unpleasant odour that had to be masked with heavy perfumes. It was not uncommon to have ones hair reduced to a wool-like texture. 



 Hair was never cut except in cases of serious illness. The simplicity of the smooth, center-parted styles worn by women in the Victorian era lasted until the 1870s, when the Parisian hairdresser M. Marcel Grateau created a new, natural-looking wave by turning a curling iron upside down.



In 1872, Marcel had introduced his famous Marcel wave using a heated iron that imitated the natural curl of the hair. Hot tongs were applied to produce a curl rather than a crimp. Done at intervals over the head, the hair would assume the look of moiré. It revolutionized the art of hairdressing all over the world.


 The Marcel wave remained popular for almost half a century and helped usher in a new era of women's waved and curled hairpieces, which were mixed with the natural hair.


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Curly hair was meant to indicate a sweeter temperament, while straight-haired girls were considered reserved or even awkward. A woman's hair was profoundly important to the overall effect she was able to make. Reaching the age when the hair could be put up was a rite of passage in her life, and often there were several interim stages, where a plait would be loosely put up with a ribbon, to signify the coming event.  



 


Victorian hair jewellery




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During the Victorian Period, the hair receiver was commonly found on a woman’s vanity. After brushing her hair, she would remove the hair from the brush and place it through the opening of the receiver for storage. Once enough hair had accumulated, it could be used to construct rats, or could be woven or plaited and put into lockets, left visible through cut-glass windows of a brooch or even made into watch chains, bracelets or jewelry. Hair receivers were usually made from ceramic, bronze or crystal. Hand-painted ceramic receivers are commonly found in antique stores.




6 σχόλια:

  1. Thank you for this article :)
    I was doind a little research for Victorian times, and yours helped me allot ♥

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    1. I thank you for reading it :D and really glad that it helped you ^^ If there is something i can help you especially in this era and i know it it would be my pleasure :) Take care ^^

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  2. Thank you for this article (again)!
    I love Edwardian and Victorian Hairstyles, but I didn't find something useful like this. Thank you, a lot! It really helped me, I hope you keep share with us your information!

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    1. Again? You are the same person who wrote the above comment? Anyway it was my pleasure really i am so glad you found it helpful and your very much welcome, thank you for your beautiful words :))

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  3. Thanks! Interesting to know so much significance was placed on hair during those times. And surprising to find out they also used hairpieces!

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    1. Hello :) You are more than welcome! If i say, they were more fashionable than today! Gorgeous pieces not only for their hair but also for their neck, ears, hands etc. Take care :)

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