National Affairs: Chignon or Chihuahua

Having spent four years persuading the American woman to chop her hair close to the scalp, the capricious rulers of fashion (familiarly known as They) were now insisting, of course, that hair had to be longer.

"One or two inches longer," decreed the American Hair Design Institute. "Short, chopped effects and overly sleek lines should be avoided . . ." But that was not enough. To be chic, milady also had to deck her head with a chignon. The chignon (rhymes with filet mignon) is a batch of hair, tied, rolled or braided into shapes resembling a trayful of Danish pastries. It...

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