Thursday, July 24, 2014

1910s Hairdo Tutorial

This video pitches itself as being a 1920s hairstyle -- that's not totally untrue, but it's based on how Mary Pickford wore her hair, and her heyday was really in the 1910s. Still, it is an appropriate style for the 20s as well. Take your pick what era you want it to be. (Note that a marcel iron will probably get better waves than her clipping method she shows.)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Real 1915 Hairdo

My great-grandmother was so proud of her hairdo that day that she took a photo of the front and back in a photobooth, circa 1915.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Using the technique in the video at this location, here's a suitable 1910s or 1920s face using Turkish Rouge, rose/flesh powder and black liner, all over a cold cream base.

I kind of look like the lady from the Jonteel ads.

Monday, July 14, 2014

1890s Hair Wash Advice

It is as essential to keep the scalp clean as it is to maintain the rest of the person in a state of purity, for if the pores of the scalp were clogged, the growth of the hair would be retarded. The oily matter that exudes from the pores would soon become thickened by the particles of dust settling upon the scalp, and the follicles would thus be obstructed, whereas it is necessary for the health of the hair to keep them as free as possible.
The hair should be shampooed once a month, and any dust that lodges upon the scalp between the shampooings should be removed with a moderately stiff brush. The shampooing process is simple enough, the only difficulty being to dry the hair thoroughly. Of course, the drying process is most tedious when the suite is very heavy, and coarse hair dries more easily than fine, since it is by nature less moist. Before the hair is washed the dandruff should be raised from the scalp by means of a brush having stiff bristles set quite far apart in a rubber back, which will yield to the scalp and thus render the bristles less rigid, though taking nothing from their effectiveness.
A good shampoo may be made with pure white Castile soap, which is more beneficial than a soap that contains much alkali, because the oil used in its manufacture is very wholesome, and enough of it remains on the hair to render it soft and glossy. Shave the soap finely, and dissolve it in warm water, using enough soap to make a strong, thick lather, which, for convenience, should be placed in a bottle. When ready to shampoo, pour a liberal quantity of the liquid upon the hair and rub it well into the scalp with the fingers. When the scalp and hair have been thoroughly cleansed, rinse them with clear water until the soap is entirely removed. It is advisable to use warm water for rinsing, as cold water might shock the scalp enough to produce unpleasant results. After the last rinsing, rub the hair as dry as possible with a coarse towel.
The best way to dry the hair in Winter is to spread it in the heat of a grate fire or a coal or gas stove. The heat from a hot-air furnace is not advised, as a register usually discharges too much dust; neither is fanning recommended, because the strong current of air thus produced often causes neuralgia and other affections. In Summer the open air or, better still, the warm sunlight is the preferred dryer.
When the hair is perfectly dry, free it, carefully from snarls and tangles with a coarse comb, beginning by combing out the ends and gradually working upward. If the hair is combed too near the scalp at first, it will be far more difficult to remove the tangles, more hair will be lost, and the operation of combing will be quite painful. Unusually dry hair is frequently softened with a little “brilliantine,” a well known preparation, which is poured into the hollow of the hand and transferred to the hair, not the scalp, and is then brushed through.
After the hair has been smoothly combed or brushed, clip all split ends. Clipping is more beneficial than singeing, and is less dangerous when a woman takes care of her own hair. The fashion of bleaching the hair has been revived, but it cannot be commended. Very often golden locks are out of harmony with one‘s eyes and complexion, and the artificiality of the tint is then all too apparent. However, if the bleach is desired, it must be applied once every six weeks or oftener, and to the roots only; otherwise, the hair would grow out from the roots in its natural tint, and the effect would be anything but pleasing. Titian blonde hair is more fashionable than yellow blonde, and those to whom Nature has given tresses in that rare reddish tint may count themselves very fortunate.


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