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Day 316: Lessons from Bea Danville: Hair 101

Copyright 1956 by Wilfred Funk, Inc. 

So, when I was a teenager, my fabulous mother gifted me with this genius vintage book: Dress Well on $1 a Day by Bea Danville. I can't believe I left it behind when I moved, but my mother graciously sent it along to me so that I could remind myself of this wisdom.

And now, I share this wisdom with all of you.

Today's lesson : Your Hair

"I have met only one girl who is able to cut her own hair and look chic [Me! It's me, right? Me!!] That is the Italian film star, Gina Lollobrigida [Here's her imdb page: and you guys? Her hair looks kind of bad. But maybe that was the look back then], who is regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world. But she is fortunate in having light, baby curls which seem to be as responsive to Gina's nail scissors as Gina's audience is to this delightful star. [*Note: I have not heard of any of her movies. Here's her imdb page again. But I'm sure she was stylish and wonderful with cute hair.]

"Unless your hair is exactly the same as Gina's in texture, weight and curl, [seriously, was Gina Lollobrigida Bea's BFF or something?] don't try to cut it yourself, no matter what foolproof gadgets there may be on the market. You cannot make the  most of any hair style without the fundamental preparation of a good professional haircut, which shouldn't cost you more than about $2.50.

[...? Can I time-travel back to 1956 like ASAP?]

"Trimming and re-shaping are part of the basic arts of hairdressing, and it takes a highly skilled operator to do them well. [TOTES AGREE! I have had disastrous home haircuts and have the utmost respect for trained haircutting peeps.]

"One of the best ways of learning to set your own hair is to watch your hairdresser do it. Next time you pay him a visit [they had man hairdressers in the 50s? Didn't know that. Thought it was all bouffant-haired ladies in salons with big sit-under hairdryers], either for a set or even a trim, watch what is going on around you. The chances are that you will be able to observe the expert in action, which is valuable in any field.

[Well played, Bea Danville. Spying on a hairdresser to get their secrets is like frugality + spying = awesome advice.]

"You should also take a look at the one or two excellent books devoted exclusively to hairdressing and its problems. [Borrow them from the library!! Or, more realistically, watch some YouTube videos about hairstyling]

"As far as we are concerned, there are some rules which you should always apply when setting your hair.

"Try to try your hair naturally. A hair dryer is useful to have on hand for an emergency, but don't use it regularly unless you have to. It tends to dry up the natural oils of the hair. [Also, my hair takes FOREVER to dry with a hairdryer, so I just let it dry overnight usually]

Thanks, Bea! xo

1 comment:

My money, my life said...

I love the Bea Danville series! Another good tip that I learned about hair styling is to learn to embrace the failures and keep on trying. Hair styling is a learned skill for many. I was really clueless about hair before and only wore my hair in a pony tail or straight down. I just accepted that I was bad at hair styling. Then I started watching youtube videos on hair styling, and it inspired me to keep on trying. Now I can do quite a few more hairstyles that I couldn't do before.

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