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Saturday, July 31, 2010

For a Busy Little Miss

Can you imagine giving your kid a perm?

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Source: Modern Beauty Shop, January 1943

Friday, July 30, 2010

Beauty is of a Bygone Age

I just had to post this one. A pair of twins look in the history books for hair-inspiration, as the narrator tells us that "Beauty is of a bygone age." Sound familiar? From 1949.

HAIR STYLES - British Pathe

Fashions Go to the Head

Fashions Go to the Head - 1932. Various women turn their heads for the camera to show the new hairstyles.


Latest hairstyles from America

Latest hairstyles from America, 1944

The Lastest in Coiffures

A few hairstyles, including a Grecian one for long hair and one for "Ladies just recovering from the bobbed hair vogue".


Creating a Coiffure

A "modern" adaptation of the Grecian style of hairstyle - with an ostrich feather.


A Simple Coiffure

A simple coiffure from the teens or early '20s for long hair.


Ladies and Gents Hair Salon

Men's department in beauty salon. Mayfair, London, 1967.


Charmed I'm Sure

A charming little video on three makeovers from 1939

GLAMOUR MAKING (issue title is CHARMED I'M SURE) - British Pathe

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The "Left...Right" Haircut

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Source: Modern Beauty Shop, June 1943

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Shampooing - "I'm going to wash that dirt right outta my hair."

Another shampooing article. "Contrary to some old ideas, daily shampooing is not injurious to the hair any more than daily washing is injurious to the skin." (Of course, this publication is put out by the makers of Drene. Wash rinse and repeat.)

(Don't forget the you can click on the images to view the full-size photos.)
Source: A Girl and Her Hair, 1949

A Gardenia and Tight Sculptured Curls

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Source: Modern Beauty Shop, April 1937

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Shag

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Source: 55 Hair Styles (Dell Purse Book), 1972

Friday, July 23, 2010

How to Shampoo

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Source: A Girl and Her Hair, 1947

"Hair should be shampooed as often as it becomes dirty--which, in turn, depends upon your own activities and environment. A shampoo may be required weekly, and sometimes even twice a week."

Granny's Beauty Bargains

Here is a nice article on products that have been around for a while. I found it through a post on Modern Retro Woman:

Granny's Beauty Bargains

(And I'm not just posting the link to Modern Retro Woman because it links back here. It's a fun blog.)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Drene's Junior Miss Hair-do of the Month

Smartly neat bang and charming curl cluster tied back with a bow! Pretty smooth and mighty becoming!

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Source: Forecast, May 1944

I'm pretty sure the book is A Girl and Her Hair.

Drene's Junior Miss Hair-do of the Month: Bow Meets Curls!

Source: Unkown

The Story of Cosmetics

This video is interesting, but here's the line that makes it relevant: "They're just caught up in a 1950's mindset of better living through chemistry."

From Wikipedia:
The phrase "Better Living Through Chemistry" is a variant of a DuPont advertising slogan, "Better Things for Better Living...Through Chemistry." DuPont adopted it in 1935 and was their slogan until 1982 when the "Through Chemistry" part was dropped.

And, while you're subject to my ramblings, here's a flickr group on 1950s Beauty Products I came across looking while looking at vintage DuPont ads.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Eye Make-Up

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Source: Hairset Magazine, May 1964

Monday, July 19, 2010

Have You Met Mechanics' Hands?

(Here's where I tell you that you can click on the images to see or save the larger versions. It's much easier to read the text that way.)
Source: Modern Beauty Shop, January 1943

Thursday, July 15, 2010

High Heels

I normally don't link to modern articles, but here's an interesting one on heels from NPR that some of you might be interested in.

Why High Heels Hurt Even After You Take Them Off

High heels may make your legs look longer and sexier, but now we know more about why wearing the fashionable shoes regularly can make standing barefooted painful...

Read more

Hair Spray How-To

(As usual, images link to full-size versions.)
Source: Hairdo Magazine, March 1964

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Blog milestones

We've recently met the following milestones:
500 followers on blogger
300+ friends on facebook

We currently have 957 rss feed subscribers. Hopefully we'll hit that 1000 mark soon!

How cool is that? I'm so glad that I can share these things with so many of you.

Timeless Charm

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Source: Modern Beauty Shop, January 1943

Oh my god, look at that hat!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

What They're Wearing

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Source: Hairdo Magazine, March 1964

1. Shirley MacLaine
2. Natalie Wood
3. Anne de Zagheb (Mrs. Paul Anka)
4. Princess Grace of Monaco
5. Genevieve Page
6. Barbara Streisand
7. Mme. Harvé Alphand
8. Princess Margaret

The Petal-Pretty Complexion

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Source: Hairdo Magazine, March 1964

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Paper Curls

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Source: Beaute'Craft, February 1925

These ads remind me of the Wet Mae Murray hairstyle from the Revamp website.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Discover the Natural Part

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Source: American Hairdresser, April 1937

I fight my natural middle part.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Link: Beautiful Bob Photos

Here is an old post from the diy_retro_hair livejournal community that has some cool photos of different style of bobs.
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