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The Coiffure and Its Decoration

CONTINUED vogue for the shingle and close-clipped bobs is assured, each week finding new devotees for this fashion.

The average woman, however, should consider carefully the matter of being shorn unless she has expert advice and unbiased opinion at her command.

This season, because of the many bobs, the line of the coiffure of the unbobbed lies close to the head, but the size of the head, its shape, and the amount of hair are matters that must be taken into consideration if a successful and becoming hair arrangement is achieved. Never should the hair be dressed so that the head appears too large nor too small for the rest of the figure, the balance of the figure being the effect for which to strive.

BECAUSE bobbed hair or the shingle effect does not conform agreeably with the dignity of evening clothes, it is quite imperative that the hair be dressed and that the decoration be chosen to exemplify the period expressed in the gown. The coiffure in Fig. 1 shows how medium-long hair can be arranged in a long flat roll at the nape of a rather long slender neck. Note that the line of the hair follows the contour of the head and that the long roll, or chignon, gives the effect of the bob.

This same hair arrangement, adorned with a back band of flat hand-made roses and petals in the various pastel shades, is shown in Fig. 2. The centers of the roses are finished with tiny glass beads. An enlarged view of this band is shown at 2 (a).

Using this same type of hair arrangement, the girl with the round face will find the tiara-effect head-dress shown in Pig. 3 very pleasing. A wide band of silver ribbon makes the tiara and it is covered with tiny hand-made flowers of ombre chiffon in rose coloring finished at each ear with a large rose of the chiffon surrounded with gold petals. An enlarged view in Fig. 3 (a) shows that a strip of elastic may be used across the back under the coil of hair.

GIRLISH simplicity is manifested in the smart all-around bandeau effect shown in Fig. 4, which is especially good for the regulation bob. It consists of a band of No. 9 gold ribbon with three hand-made, orchid silk flowers and green foliage leaves appliqued across the front, as shown in Fig. 4 (a). The band may be fastened with a snap under the rose at one side, or a small piece of elastic may be used under the flower and the bandeau slipped down over the head.

The extremely popular shingle cut, with a wide, natural-looking wave, is shown in Fig. 5. This effect may be imitated with long hair, as shown in Fig. 6, by dividing the front and the back hair at the ears, coiling the back portion close to the head high at the back, and then combing the front portion over it, swirling this around and tucking the end in low at one side, as for the French twist.

Typically Parisian and irresistibly smart for formal wear is the swathed maline head-dress, shown in Fig. 7, this being equally smart for long and medium-long hair. With the hair arranged in a mass of curls rather high at the back, a strip of brown maline is drawn around the back, swirled across the front, and the ends are tucked under the curls.

GOLD lame is chosen for the head-dress shown in Fig. 8, which consists of a 2-inch band studded with rhinestones and finished at each side with a generous-size hand-made poppy, also studded with the brilliants. See Fig. 8 (a) for an enlarged view.

Plaited cocardes of royal-blue maline finished in the center with tiny pink rose-buds and joined with variegated silver tubing make the interesting head-dress worn by the model in Fig. 9 and shown in Fig. 9 (a).

To disguise the poor neck line of a shingle or to hold up the growing locks, the lattice-work head-dress shown in Pig. 10 and 10 (a) is very effective. Where the green silver tubing crosses, tiny hand-made rosebuds are applied.

Adapted from the Grecian, the head-dress in Fig. 11 consists of two bands of gold ribbon outlined with narrower silk ribbon in contrasting colors, as is shown in 11 (a).

A variation of this head-dress is shown in Fig. 12. A broad strip of gold lame cloth has its center cut out, as shown in Fig. 12 (a), and then is studded with brilliants.

Brilliant, studded combs, Fig. 13, are used for formal wear on the regulation bob of heavy hair.

Source: Hair Decoration - Inspiration Magazine,December 1924



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