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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.

Lauren Bacall

Style icon Lauren Bacall died yesterday in New York City at the age of 89.

Vogue described her hair as "Right for day, evening, city, country, probably the most American cut ever." 

Lucky for us, over at Victory Vintage they should us how to the Lauren Bacall look. (Unfortunately, the original scanner whose fingers are at the bottom was not found.)

"How Lauren's hair is cut: 
The hair is parted on the left. The top lock on the thick, or right side, is just long enough to form a curl at the temple. The hair is blunt-cut to one and one-half inches below shoulder length at the sides, tapering to about two inches below shoulder length in the back."

How Lauren's hair is set: 
The top lock is set in two rows of four stand-up curls set perpendicular to the part and rolled under toward the back of the head.

The sides and back are set in two rows of large pin curls, starting just above the ear and sloping down across the back in slight curve.

After the hair has been combed out, it should be brushed vigorously to give the curls a soft, natural look."

And here's a close up of the pin-curl diagram.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Link: Smithsonian on the bob


Check out this linked video on the shingle bob:

Lola's Reflections on Life: I'll Give You A Shingle Bob! from Charmaine C on Vimeo.

Rita Hayworth Updo

Rita Hayworth (October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American dancer and film actress who achieved fame during the 1940s. She is usually known for her soft curls (and fiery red hair), but here we see a nice updo with the sides brushed up. It's a vintage fauxhawk!

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