Questers Enjoy a “Hair Raising” Adventure Celebrating the History of a Woman’s Crowning Glory

Andrea Holland

The March 19 meeting of the Catalina Timewalkers Questers was held at the SaddleBrooke TWO home of their vice president, Mrs. Andrea Holland. As the program hostess, Mrs. Holland and her co-hostess, Mrs. Raina Saffan, gave a presentation dedicated to the history of a Woman’s Crowning Glory. Holland and Saffan led members on a time travel adventure tracing the evolution of hairstyles, accessories, and grooming products. Starting in the 1700s with Marie Antoinette’s invention of hair extensions, and into the 1800s with barbaric hair drying and curling devices; members were enlightened by many “hair raising” facts about hair tonics, balding cures, and the beauty standards of long ago. Their insightful journey continued into the 1900s with rudimentary metal hair rollers and photographs of the first permanent wave process along with the amazing hairdryers adapted from the vacuum cleaner! The Crowning Glory program concluded with a display of stylish hair nets, Victorian snoods, and a demonstration of the Victory Curl snood hairdo of WW2 Rosie the Riveter.

Following the presentation, members gathered on the patio of the Holland home to enjoy refreshments al fresco style. Mrs. Holland and Mrs. Saffan provided guests with a springtime buffet of frosted carrot cake muffins, cinnamon rolls, mini eclairs, and a party platter of turkey, ham, fruit, and assorted cheeses. At the end of the meeting, all guests received a complimentary Marie Antoinette tote with handmade crowning glory soap, a vintage hair net, and one “Lock the Locks” Hump Hair Pin—the very first hairpin invented in 1930.

The Catalina Timewalkers welcome new members into their chapter. We meet on the third Friday from October through May; exceptions are December and May when we meet on the second Friday of the month. The purpose of Questers is to stimulate the appreciation of antiques, artifacts, and collectibles through study and to encourage the restoration and preservation of historic landmarks. Please call Sandi Newberry at 520-818-0199 if you are interested in attending a meeting or would like more information.