One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A deep artificial wave in the hair.
- ‘Sweet'n'neat 20s inspired hair and make-up, including short bobs, marcel waves, heavily kohled eyes with long lashes and small dark cupid's bow lips complete the flapper feel.’
- ‘Merchant Ivory fans will be in heaven; the costumes and make-up are delicious enough to re-ignite the fashion for marcel waves and tea dresses, or at the very least, do wonders for the millinery industry.’
- ‘The rex coat - short, remarkably soft and silky - is characterized by a relatively dense, tight, uniform marcel wave, lying close to the body and extending from the top of the head across the back, sides, hips and tail.’
verbmarcelling, marcelled, marcels[with object]dated
Give a marcel wave to (hair)‘she had her hair marcelled every week’
- ‘So I'll marcel my hair and flaunt it in people's face that I'm not a man, because I can't carry the emotional load.’
- ‘Lily studies hard for her new roles, reading an etiquette book and changing her hair style from brown to a platinum bride-of-Frankenstein marcelled look.’
- ‘She's got the marcelled hair that is a bit 20s for Big Band, but who's going to notice?’
- ‘In another work, a cabaret contortionist with marcelled hair smokes a cigarette and reads a book in an improbable state of repose.’
- ‘She had large brown eyes, an oval-shaped face, and bobbed dark brown hair carefully done up in the marcelled style.’
Late 19th century: named after Marcel Grateau (1852–1936), the Parisian hairdresser who invented it.
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