Dances and theatre-parties are everyday occurrences for most ladies. And, on such occasions, with adequate time to spend on dressing, a wise woman likes to find something novel and original in the way of a coiffure.
It is therefore with great interest and pleasure that I have thought out and designed the coiffure I propose to describe in this article; a style suited only to occasions which admit of elaboration, and which has two great merits - novelty and charm.
If the two large illustrations are studied, it will be agreed that the dressing of the front hair is something quite unique, while that of the back is remarkable for its graceful lines and its freshness of treatment. It is elaborate certainly, and for day wear the whole coiffure would be absolutely out of place and in bad style. Such elaboration could never go well with a hat or a blouse. It requires the "setting off" of bare neck and shoulders, and could not, under any circumstances, be covered by a hat.
A new ball dress is always enhanced by a new (and becoming) coiffure. A woman looks so different at night in a decollete gown that practically all the fair sex would do well to dress their hair in the evening differently from the mode they use in the daytime.
So many ladies spoil the effect of a gorgeous or flowing evening dress by capping it with a plainly or tightly dressed head of hair. I believe, and always impress upon my clients, that the lines of the hair should be broadened and loosened at night, in order to correspond with the breadth given by bare shoulders and the sweep of a trained dress. A woman who could not stand an elaborate coiffure in the daytime can wear one with advantage at night. But most women fail to realise this.
May I advise those ladies to whom the coiffure illustrated does not appeal to believe that lightness and looseness in the evening are the best guides to successful hairdressing? Even if they do not care to attempt the admittedly elaborate style here described, let them adapt their morning coiffure to the evening's requirements, and not merely add a bow of ribbon or a bandeau of gauze to a rigidly severe headdressing, for the effect of such things is truly incongruous, not to say "frumpish."
Many ladies visit a hairdresser, for waving and dressing purposes, before a dance or special theatre-party. But it often happens that they have no special style in their mind, and, leaving it to the coiffeur, who may be a skilful waver without possessing an artist's eye, they come away with an unbecomingly dressed head. Now, if a lady goes to a hairdresser with a definite scheme in her head, and a sketch of the style she wishes adapted to herself, she will almost invariably find that even a moderately good (and inexpensive) man will be able to make quite a charming effect. But he requires to be given the idea first.
An original dance or theatre coiffure. The dressing of the front hair is unique, and has the supreme attraction of novelty and charm
Designs by David Nicol, 50, Hay market, S.iv.
This coiffure could be carried out at home by a girl with clever fingers, or by one girl for another. Still, it is useless to pretend that it is not complicated; and several trials before the important day would be very advisable.
Now, as regards this original coiffure, designed especially for the readers of Every Woman's Encyclopaedia.
The front is very novel - a combination of Louis XV. puffs and Pompadour rolls, with a slightly marked side parting; while the back comprises large, loose puffs, a thick plait, and curls, introduced in a very unusual style (and one, let me whisper, which is likely to become highly popular). In designing this style, I have endeavoured to avoid the excessive use of artificial postiches, since such luxuries are expensive. An admirable effect can be obtained with moderately long and thick hair. The front, puffs, and neck-curls can be made from growing hair; while the sole extraneous support is given by the plait, a thing which finds a place in most dressing-table drawers.
Of course, the whole of the puffs, curls, and plait can be artificial, fixed and dressed off the head, and afterwards attached to the pad made of growing hair. But most of my readers would prefer to use their own hair.
To start with, divide the front and side hair from the foundation, tying this tail of hair securely nearly on the crown of the head, and leaving a margin of hair, about 1 1/2 inches deep, hanging over the forehead and ears.
The main feature of this front dressing is the almost invisible parting on the left side, above the left eye.
There are six puffs across the forehead and over the ears, arranged three on either side of the parting. Those on the left side are smaller, and lie in a different position from those on the right, which are bold in comparison. (See illustration of front view.)
The first step is to make the parting, not too far away from the centre, but yet decidedly on the left. Next, divide the hair into six strands, and wave it on pins, as directed in previous articles. Having waved the hair, the dressing is begun by making the centre puff - i.e., the large puff, a la Louis XV. which comes immediately on the right side of the parting, and drops towards the centre of the forehead.
This centre puff lies away from whichever side is parted (for the parting may be made on the right, if preferred, though the left is usually more becoming and far smarter). Divide a moderately thick strand of hair from the rest, next to the parting and in the centre; French comb it on the side away from the eyes, and brush it till smooth.