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Flower Power

Back from the '70s, its...flower beards!
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Jul 22, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Facial Hair, Hair and Hairstyling

The Bald-Headed Men of America

Apparently there have been several instances of the formation of clubs to serve as fraternal organizations for bald men.

The New York Times has this 1896 report.


Then comes this account in 1920, also from The New York Times.


Then comes this report from 1954.


But sometime after that, the original group must have gone under, because in 1972, John T. Capps, III founded the Bald Headed Men of America. They were profiled in a PBS documentary from 1989, as partially shown below.

Apparently, they are still going strong.

The Wave Hairdo

It was all the rage in 1962.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jan 08, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: 1960's, Hair and Hairstyling

Strongest Hair Ever

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 28, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Human Marvels, Air Travel and Airlines, 1930's, Hair and Hairstyling

Beard Generators

Advertised in the Illustrated Police News - 4 April 1885

Advertised in the 1870s. I think it's also making his eyelashes grow.

via The Quack Doctor
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 25, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Hair and Hairstyling

Balayage au Cotton

The things people do for fashion.

The shop [Cinandre on 11 East 57th Street] has imported a young man named Yvan from the Carita salon in Paris to do what he calls a "balayage au cotton." Starting at the nape Yvan lifted out fine strands and applied a lightening paste with a thin brush. Instead of the usual foil wrapping, he tucked pieces of cotton wadding to support the strands in process and keep them from the rest of the hair.

When he was three-quarters through, he had used 1000 feet of cotton stripping and Miss Weston looked as though she were wearing an enormous white wig. [NY Times - Apr 1, 1974]

Via The Lively Morgue
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Nov 15, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, 1970's, Hair and Hairstyling

Underwater Barber Shop, 1966

From Weeki Wachee, Florida, which describes itself as "the only city of live mermaids."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Oct 18, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: 1960's, Hair and Hairstyling

Much Ado About Hair-dos

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 13, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: 1950's, Hair and Hairstyling

Red-Headed Mutant


How did an unweaned rugrat manage to grow out three or four feet of bright red hair? Was she born with that mop? If so, Mom must have had one heck of a birthing experience.

Is it a wig? if so, please explain in 1000 words or less.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 17, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Babies, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Comics, 1950's, Hair and Hairstyling
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