Figure 1.--This little American boy, Leonard Cother, was age 2.5 years. He has a non-symeterical ringlet hair style. It looks like the ringlets are all on one side, but in fact he also has ringlets on his left side--they are just set further back. Image courtesy of the RG collection.

Ringlet Curls: Symmetery

Most ringle hair styles were done with a basic symetetrical approach. Perfect symetry requites the use of a center hair part which was often desguised by front bangs. Many ringlet hair styles had a side part. Using a side part unless two side parts were used, the resulting hair style could not be symetrical. Often mothers attemoted to work around this in an effort to achieve some degree of symetry. Less common were hair styles that were markedly non-symeterical. In a few occassions this was taken to thec extremne and all of the curls were on one side. Many examples of this have been archieved on HBC. One could example is an unidentified American boy. We have few details at this time concerning how the popularity of the symmetetrical variations varied over time. We seem to see more nob-dstymeterical hair styles after the turn of the 20th century. We are also unsure how they varied from country to country. The non-symetretrical hair styles do seem to be used more for boys than girls.


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