Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow


Norman Nicholson, 1900. Fuzzy, but it's a blow up of a picture of him standing in front of his house. And it is the only photo of him with long white whiskers. There's a family portrait, taken in 1896 showing him with long dark whiskers. And later on, he cut them off.
This fashion was on the wane in 1910. Herb mentions he doesn't recognize someone because he has cut off his whiskers. Herb and other men in their twenties all appear clean shaven. I wonder if this is because of safety razors being invented. Must check.

I have Norman's expenses before he married and a 'shave and a haircut' cost money.

Women didn't spend anything on their hair. Hair salons were few and far between in North America. I saw an advert for a hair sculpting salon in Toronto. I guess society women went there when they wanted a fancy do like the Pompadour.

Of course, the hair industry is huge today. I think it got rolling after the WWII. And then hats slowly fell out of fashion.

Of course, as I recently discovered, a Toronto woman, Elizabeth Arden, moved to New York in 1909 and started a beauty salon based on the French fashion, but it was more about skin.

Arden wasn't a beauty like Coco Chanel, but she did have a gorgeous complexion, apparently. She rose to become the richest woman in the world, supposedly. (Richer than royalty?) Chanel did pretty good herself, I suspect.

Below: Norman's expenses as a bachelor: 15 for a haircut, once a month.