Children’s Hairstyles Dutch Braids, Dutch Haircuts

dutch braidsNewer than “Dutch” braids is the fashion now so popular of wearing the hair drawn softly to the top of the head, caught there with a ribbon, the top strand plaited in the back hair which is slightly, rolled and caught three inches from the ends with another bow as illustrated, in the “hair-dress” of the demure little miss in the upper picture. The little girl whose hair simply doesn’t “fluff” will find this rather a difficult style to manage and it may be more satisfactory for her to braid the back hair loosely, double
it up and fasten with a big barrette. Barrettes, by the way, are much smarter in the world of little women than ribbons. Much newer than pink or blue or white gibbon are bows of “old” blue, white polka dotted with blue, or gingham plaids.

Woman’s creature holding a huge pair of shears, the memory of whom
frequently disturbed his youthful slumbers. His miniature lordship vainly
protested against this man with shiny black hair and a fierce mustache,
lifting him to the high chair, and as the cold steel touched his sensitive
skin and locks disappeared, queer little shivers of fear galloped along his
spine. What a dreadful hobgoblin this man would make! Maybe his nurse or
father would forget to wait for him. Believing this last hope to be blasted,
the inevitable happened – his lip curled and a flood of genuine salty tears
streamed down his cheeks. Poor little chap! Time and a better appreciation
of childish fears and comforts have brought wonderful changes and the
dreaded hair cutting operation has been changed from one of apprehension and
dread to an anticipated leisure, with sometimes a funny story and sweet
meats thrown in. Years ago when the average child required a hair cut, he
was whisked off unceremoniously to the nearest barber and solemnly placed in
the care of an awesome looking this line of work, for there is not only an
art in knowing: how to cut children’s hair, but in gaining their confidence
and good will as well. A certain long established firm who have made an
enviable reputation in various kinds fit hair dressing, have fitted up a large room With nursery embellishments that is to say, the walls are covered with Kate Greenaway decorations. There are Lilliputian furnishings,
besides playthings galore with which the youngsters amuse themselves while
waiting for their ‘turns. Over 16,000 hair cutting Operations took place last year in this attractive apartment.

An amusing incident occurred the other day when four juveniles gave as many
names to their preferred style of hair cut which meant practically the same
thing. Blocked and bobbed for boys, the Colonial and French, simply mean the
quaint Dutch haircut. Both little girls and boys wear this style of hair
dressing, until the former reach the age for plaits and the latter for a
close shave like their fathers’. To be just right, the Dutch outline
requires that the hair be cut evenly all around, touching the lobe of the
ears. The sides hang straight hiding the temples. The bang must be even and
cut directly across or with a slight, gracefully shaped curve in the center
of the forehead. The illustration at the top of the right hand corner gives
the correct profile view, while the hairdressing on the youngster in the center of the page shows the full-face effect.

So soon as a little girl’s hair is sufficiently long and she has come into
the dignity of a short dress for the proper length of time, that feminine
conceit, a hair ribbon, binds up the little lady’s tresses at the side.
Girls from two years and upward have their hair cut in Dutch fashion and the
locks on the top of the head arranged in a “tieback” placed at the most
becoming angle. When the hair is curly, it is arranged in a series of soft
curls that just escape the shoulders, or shorter when so desired. And for
hair that is straight, a little whalebone device, sold in the shops, will
curl the hair very satisfactorily. Slightly dampen the hair, start with the
top end and wind the strand around it in rope fashion. The heat of the head
will form an attractive curl. When the hair is naturally curly, a side
parting is very becoming to a youngster with just the right sort of face.
One of the illustrations to the left of the center shows a style of this
description. When there is a slight wave in the hair it should be encouraged
and is usually becoming when cut in Dutch fashion. The sketch to the extreme
left at the top gives an excellent idea of this treatment.

When a girl outgrows this juvenile hairdressing and begins to feel that she
is assuredly too old to retain the Dutch cut, she may then arrange her locks
in several attractive ways. When the side part is becoming and the hair is
curly, or at least wavy, the style shown in the lower right hand corner,
with its careless wide parting and Alsatian bow, is very graceful and
girlish. For a slightly older girl, a becoming suggestion is given in the
next sketch. Here the hair is arranged in a long, full curl, tied with a
large bow of ribbon. For fancy attire, two long curls are worn tied with as
many bows of ribbon, arranged in ribbon rosettes formed of loops. Still an
older girl may wear her hair braided, caught with a barrette. The hair at
the side of the head, turned gracefully back, is usually becoming to young