Thursday, March 20, 2008

The latest style

I just got my hair cut. Ok, not just, 2 weeks ago, but am still getting used to it. I donated 13 inches of hair to Locks of Love, and regret only that last inch. I’ve never had hair this short…except possibly back in the day that whole Dorothy Hamill ‘do. But it’s best not to reminisce on styles better left to the history books.

During the long era of Victoria, there were many popular styles, you can’t have one last 60 some years, it just isn’t done.

But let’s talk about inventions. Crimping for instance. I know, I know, it harkens back to that ‘80s best left to the history books style. It was the rage for nearly 30 years.

Invented in 1872, by Parisian hairdresser M. Marcel Grateau, crimping pulled the hair over a hot iron, making it wave. The "Marcel wave" consisted of loose waves arranged around the head. Since there was no spring action on the curling iron/heating tongs, it was opened and closed by hand. 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.

The hot irons damaged hair, burning it with that nasty burnt hair smell. Since hair was never cut, heavy perfumes were used to mask the odor.


Nicole McCaffrey said...

LOL I can so relate, Christine. I had mine long for years and years. Hair grows faster in the spring, though, so that last inch will be back before you know it *G*.

Great blog! I can't imagine never cutting hair! And having had one too many close encounters with the crimping iron in the 80s...I can still smell that singed hair smell!!!

Marlene said...

Amen to that Nic. I could smell that burned hair as well. Can't imagine the pull of the long hair on those ladies. I've seen it in pictures where they could almost step on the ends. Fun blog..

Kristin-Marie said...

Hair that long is heavy and hard to manage, but the end results were considered worth the wait in the Victorian era. You've donated to a good cause.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that crimping bit leaves a lasting impression. Now that I think about it, I'm nearly certain I still have a crimping iron somewhere. Hmmm...

Marlene, one of the reasons I cut my hair was because it got into everything. I turned in my sleep and pulled it, closed the car door on a windy day, and it was caught. And now I miss it. Go figure.

Thanks, Kristen-Marie, yeah, knowing I gave to a worthy cause does help. Someone needs that hair more than I do.

Susan Macatee said...

Yuck, Christine!
I'll bet it made the hair super dry.

I can identify with the long hair, too. I used to wear mine to the center of my back for reenacting purposes, but now I wear it just touching my shoulders. I like that length. It's easier to manage.