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Help with title? Heroine has nasty hair...Solved - Thanks!

 
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Wendy AAR



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:49 am    Post subject: Help with title? Heroine has nasty hair...Solved - Thanks! Reply with quote

All I can remember is that its a historical and the heroine has disgusting hair. Her maid glues feathers into the heroine's hair and, instead of washing it, just cuts them off. I think there may be powder involved, too. Anyway, the heroine's hair is a mess of glue, quill tip ends and general dirt. Maybe she's a young woman and easily cowed to allow it to happen?

That's all I can remember and I've been racking my brain ever since that scenario popped into my head.

Any assistance appreciated!


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Kayne



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could it be an Eloisa James book?
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JaneO



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's Eloisa James' An Affair Before Christmas. An overbearing mother and lots of hair powder too.
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LordRose



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Help with title? Heroine has nasty hair...Solved - Thank Reply with quote

wendydfw wrote:
...Anyway, the heroine's hair is a mess of glue, quill tip ends and general dirt. Maybe she's a young woman and easily cowed to allow it to happen?


It has nothing to do with being young or easily cowed- it was just the fashion. To get hair in the very high styles of the 1770s and 1780s took a lot of effort and was definitely not comfortable. Hair would often be kept up for a month without taking it down. If you look at pictures of Marie Antoinette, you can see how complicated it could be.
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Elizabeth Rolls



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:35 am    Post subject: Re: Help with title? Heroine has nasty hair...Solved - Thank Reply with quote

LordRose wrote:
wendydfw wrote:
...Anyway, the heroine's hair is a mess of glue, quill tip ends and general dirt. Maybe she's a young woman and easily cowed to allow it to happen?


It has nothing to do with being young or easily cowed- it was just the fashion. To get hair in the very high styles of the 1770s and 1780s took a lot of effort and was definitely not comfortable. Hair would often be kept up for a month without taking it down. If you look at pictures of Marie Antoinette, you can see how complicated it could be.


I have friends with gorgeous, silk-floss, dead straight hair which suits them beautifully, who spend a fortune on perms ... and I have friends with gorgeous, vibrant, curly hair, which looks fabulous, who spend a fortune on straightening their hair. I think they are all insane. Fashion seems to be whatever they don't have. That said, 18th century hair fashions could be viewed as a little extreme, but I have to wonder what will be said in 200+ years about some of our more extreme fashions in hair, not to mention body piercing. Shocked

Elizabeth - cheating shamelessly with hair colour.
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lor



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:22 am    Post subject: Re: Help with title? Heroine has nasty hair...Solved - Thank Reply with quote

Elizabeth Rolls wrote:
LordRose wrote:
wendydfw wrote:
...Anyway, the heroine's hair is a mess of glue, quill tip ends and general dirt. Maybe she's a young woman and easily cowed to allow it to happen?


It has nothing to do with being young or easily cowed- it was just the fashion. To get hair in the very high styles of the 1770s and 1780s took a lot of effort and was definitely not comfortable. Hair would often be kept up for a month without taking it down. If you look at pictures of Marie Antoinette, you can see how complicated it could be.


I have friends with gorgeous, silk-floss, dead straight hair which suits them beautifully, who spend a fortune on perms ... and I have friends with gorgeous, vibrant, curly hair, which looks fabulous, who spend a fortune on straightening their hair. I think they are all insane. Fashion seems to be whatever they don't have. That said, 18th century hair fashions could be viewed as a little extreme, but I have to wonder what will be said in 200+ years about some of our more extreme fashions in hair, not to mention body piercing. Shocked

Elizabeth - cheating shamelessly with hair colour.


And tattoos! Rolling Eyes

Lor - also cheating shamelessly with hair colour! Wink
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