Montreal Daily Star, 22 July 1911, page 4

 

HOLIDAYS AND BEAUTY

 

It is most important for people when on their summer holidays to continue to take care of their personal appearance as they do when they are at home.

It is most difficult thing to say which suffers most, the complexion or the hair- certainly the latter profits most from exposure to the sun’s rays, but it is not benefitted by contact with the sea, or if it does not sustain grievous harm, at least it become lank, sticky and dull.  One is so apt when immersed in the pleasures of yachting, bathing and riding, to leave the hair to take care of itself; it is such a pity that a short time cannot be devoted everyday to its care.  The usual thing is  a hasty combing, a cursory brushing, and then it is done up for the day.  A woman’s chief beauty is her hair, and if that goes, where is she?  She is compelled to wear other people’s, in the form of a transformation!  This may be less trouble, but it certainly does not look half so well, resembling a barber’s block, as, indeed, it is – more than anything else.

The chief object of the present up-to-date woman is to look “smart”- oh, that word, how it misleads people! – they imagine that looking “smart” is to don a hobble skirt so tight that they cannot move, and the most exaggerated hat at the most exaggerated price they can find.  They do not realize how utterly, how hopelessly, they fail- how they are jeered at, and looked down upon for their absurdity; they are willing to go to any lengths for the fashions; they will bear with equal urbanity a harem skirt, or a crinoline.  The very essence of smartness is to wear what suits one.  I do not say that one should outrage the fashions, so to speak, by wearing just the contrary to everybody else, that would be equally as absurd as the first case- but a happy medium in all things, in the coiffure as well as in dress, is the one desirable mode.  A girl will wave her hair about her face and cover her head with curls, not because it suits her, but because it is the fashion; she would probably look infinitely better if her hair were done quite simply, perhaps low in the neck is she has classic features, or coiled on the top of her head if she has a piquante retrousse face.

But even for these simple styles, it is necessary to have nice hair, and how can one expect this if one does not care for it properly?  Brushing is, in the first place, absolutely necessary, while if the hair is very dry a little grease should be carefully applied.

It is good to leave the hair quite loose at night or else down loosely in one or two plaits.  If grey hairs appear rather more easily than the circumstances seem to warrant, it is prudent to consult a doctor as this is a general result of imperfect health. It is a great mistake to dye the hair, as it entails endless trouble and expense, it being necessary to renew the process continually, as the hair grows very quickly, from the roots, and when bathing it is almost impossible to conceal the fact that the hair is dyed unless a cap is worn.

In the case of falling hair, massage is an excellent treatment: plunge the hands into the hair and rub the scalp till it glows all over.  This tightens the skin of the head, and is often sufficient in itself to arrest the mischief.  If this does not succeed, get a good lotion from the hairdresser, suited to your hair, and use it regularly for several weeks at a time.

It is a very great thing, if possible to go without a hat when away; there is nothing so good for the hair as sun and air.

Do your best to retain the hair which nature has given you in its full beauty, if it is allowed to run to seed, or drop out, it will never realize its full luxuriance again, in spite of all the artificial restorers, which do a great deal towards it, but not everything.  “Prevention is better than cure.” So, while you have time, look well to your hair, it will repay you in the end.

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