This classic Edwardian style of hair is representative of women's
hairstyles of the age. It was a romantic look in a romantic time and
highly desirable. As the wearers aged, and as less than qualified
hairstylists attempted to reproduce the look on simpler women, it became
associated with grandmothers. The look quickly aged, and was a bit
difficult to maintain, but it is a rare and beautiful thing when done
properly on the correct subject. The fullness of the hairstyle
generated the image of health as well as beauty. It was the Edwardian
version of the "big hair" of five decades later. Part of the reason for
its decline was that this was not a hairstyle that you could sleep in,
then reconstruct with ease each morning, certainly not by yourself. This
was a community affair, requiring friends who were willing to assist
you, in the absence of a professional hairstylist, who could not be
hired on a daily basis.
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