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Monday, May 11, 2015

Links: Wigs for African American Hair

Check out these links to see some neat vintage wigs designed for African American hair:

Dull Tool Dim Bulb

Hair Hall of Fame

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Link: The Vintage Inn shares some American Hairdresser Magazines

The Vintage Inn shared some scans from one of my favorite magazines, American Hairdresser. (The post is from last year, but I just discovered it.)

Follow the link to find out how to do the Careerist and other hairstyles.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Madam C.J. Walker

We were watching Antique's Roadshow (as one does), when a copy of "Text Book of the Madam C.J. Walker Schools of Beauty Culture" (1928) came on.


They showed this image in the book, which caught my eye: "Bobbed Hair Types"

The story of Madame C.J. Walker is fascinating. Born Sarah Breedlove, Madame Walker was known as the first female self-made millionaire in America. She developed many beauty products for African-American women and trained "beauty culturists." She is often miscredited with the invention of the hot comb, which was used earlier in France in the 1800s, however she received a patent for a version with widened teeth.

Further reading by Henry Louis Gates. 


(Totally random side note: I met him on a plane once and he was one of the nicest and most interesting people.) 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Valentines Hair

Thinking about putting your hair up for Valentines Day? I think I found the hairstyle for you. I'm impressed with her volume.

Don't forget to check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/beautyisathingofthepastblog where I just put up a photo album with some Kreml ads.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Carole Lombard and the Olympic Bob

From the Pueblo Indicator - Apr 30, 1932,  Olympic Bob: 

If only it were so simple to be as beautiful as Carole Lombard: 

Link: A Basic Combout

Flickr user "roz leibowitz" uploaded this image from the 1950s, "A basic comb-out for back lines." If only I had more hands and could see the back of my head. (Click on the image to see the full version.) basic comb out

You're So Money

I made the mistake of googling "Guiche." Apparently it's a term also in Urban Dictionary (although these days what isn't?)

If you're looking to spice up your bob, check out the Money Curl: 

HairDo Magazine May 1961

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Link: 10 Hollywood Hairstyles

Doing a little detective work to try and find the source for the Lauren Bacall hairstyle source (see: http://beautyisathingofthepast.blogspot.com/2014/08/lauren-bacall.html), I came across a website with the full scan of the book. 

It's "10 Hollywood Hair Styles and how to do them yourself" by Arlene Dahl. See it here:

It also includes looks from Ava Gardner, Hedy Lamarr, June Allyson, Vera-Ellen, Elizabeth Taylor's "poodle cut", Gene Tierney, Jane Russell, Cyd Charisse, and Kathryn Grayson.

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