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Beard Font

Created by Michael Allen. [via designboom]

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 21, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Hair Styling

The Texas All-Girl Track Club, 1964


The Texas Track Club is celebrated on two counts—its athletic achievements and the uncommon beauty of its girls, who compete in dazzling uniforms, elaborate makeup and majestic hairdos. These hairdos, which are either bouffant or flip if at all possible, may not be aerodynamically sound and may be "out" east of the Hudson, but they are an unqualified sensation at a track meet. "They are our trademark," says Jeanne Ellison, the coach's 16-year-old daughter. "Bouffant is easier to run in because the wind doesn't blow your hair in your face."

Source: Sports Illustrated - Apr 20, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 25, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Sports, Hair Styling, 1960s

à la Girafe

The Guardian offers an odd footnote to the history of fashion. In 1826, "Zarafa" became the first giraffe ever brought to France from Africa. She inspired a giraffe craze, becoming the subject of songs, instrumental music, poems, and music-hall sketches. Also: "Women began to truss up their hair à la Girafe and style themselves in giraffe-coloured dresses."

Sounds like it was the 19th century predecessor of the beehive.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 22, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Hair Styling, Nineteenth Century

Where are our space helmets?

Here's another prediction of yesteryear that never panned out. Found in the Kingsport News - Apr 2, 1959:

J. McLaren Thomson, president of the National Hairdressers Federation, predicts that both men and women will have their hair short by 1999 so that they can wear space helmets. He said women will have a collection of wigs to wear with special dresses for gala occasions.

Posted By: Alex - Sun May 12, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Space Travel, Hair Styling, Headgear, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Everything Changes



Make up your mind! Or not!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 06, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Fashion, Hair Styling, Music, Performance Art, Parody

The Afro Chair


Do afros make you think of chairs? That's what they made Korean designer Yangsoo Pyo think of, inspiring him to create the "Afro Chair." He writes:

"Afro" is a chair that employed the image of the hair style "Afro Permanent hair." Springs are used to visualize the tangled and puffed up texture of the afro hair. The springs used to create the "Afro chair" are the two-ring binder springs used to bind together a notebook. The two-ring binders do not get tangled but rather wraps around each other.
Therefore, there is no danger of destroying women's stockings or knitwear. In fact the chair is very comfy. The manufacturing process of this chair begins with a simple iron frame. Then, the springs are used instead of the normal sponge and leather cover.





More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 22, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Furniture, Hair Styling, Hair and Hairstyling

Uncle Sam Toiletries





I suppose if the USA could fall for hokum like Crocodile Dundee, then Aussies could fall for this line of "American" products.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 10, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Hair Styling, 1970s, Australia

Burbank Beard

Vern Sion took home the prize in a beard contest judged May 21, 1951. I think he earned it.




(Found in the LA Examiner archive at usc.edu.)

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 06, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Fashion, Hair Styling, Facial Hair

Pencil Nest Hairdo

If I had more hair, this would be useful, because I can never find a pencil when I need one.


Photograph by Tim Barber. Part of his Dress Up for Muse series.

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 09, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, Hair Styling

Strange Iconography

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A Scottish child and a Native-American child pour hair tonic on the head of an elderly Anglo man and massage it in, while a child soldier out of some European comic opera stands by with sword upraised in tribute.

The only sensible part of this weird iconography is the Scottish kid. Once upon a time, right up to, oh, the 1960s, "anything Scottish = cheap and economical" was standard advertising shorthand.

Original ad here, with accompanying text.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 07, 2012 - Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, Hair Styling, 1900s, Weapons, Hair and Hairstyling

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