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Hairdressers Collection

In the 1930s, hairdressers played a significant role in shaping people's styles and trends

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon (1928-2012), British hairdresser, renowned for created the sharp, geometric wedge cuts during the 1960s. Date: 1966

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Boy / Hairdressers 1930S

Boy / Hairdressers 1930S
A seat inside a model toy car ensures a boys co-operation at the hairdressers Date: 1930s

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Cathy McGowan getting her hair cut

Cathy McGowan getting her hair cut
Cathy McGowan and David Elliot have their hair styled at Smile Hairdressers on the Brompton Road - 1969

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Lulu having her hair styled

Lulu having her hair styled
Lulu, singer, having her hair styled by Marc at the Mayfair branch of Vidal Sassoon 1964

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Medical Fund Hairdressing Room, Milton Road, c1910

Medical Fund Hairdressing Room, Milton Road, c1910
This hairdressing room was sitauted at the Milton Road buildings. The Medical Fund Society in Milton Road housed swimming baths, Turkish and Russian Baths, a dispensary and a dentist

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Gwendoline Dyer hair salon

Gwendoline Dyer hair salon, offering permanent waving. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Citroen 2CV outside hairdressers, France

Citroen 2CV outside hairdressers, France Date: 1980s

Background imageHairdressers Collection: A man getting a 'Kojak'hair cut. 1975

A man getting a "Kojak"hair cut. 1975
A man getting a " Kojak" hair cut. 1975

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Titos Hair Salon, Middlesbrough, Circa 1971

Titos Hair Salon, Middlesbrough, Circa 1971

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Liverpool footballers and their wives attend the opening of Betsy St

Liverpool footballers and their wives attend the opening of Betsy St. Johns hairdressing salon in Walton. Betsy is the wife of Liverpool forward Ian St. John

Background imageHairdressers Collection: St Bernard Dog Schnorbitz owned Bernie Winters is being bathed by a dog grooming expert

St Bernard Dog Schnorbitz owned Bernie Winters is being bathed by a dog grooming expert Schnorbitz looks slightly bedraggled as he is doused in water to clean his bulky coat

Background imageHairdressers Collection: A Haircut and Baked beans on Toast, please! Two youngsters take their hair beauty

A Haircut and Baked beans on Toast, please! Two youngsters take their hair beauty treatment lying down, at Meenys in Kensington. September 1971 P004908

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Louis Armstrong having haircut in Hammersmith, London, 1962. Creator: Brian Foskett

Louis Armstrong having haircut in Hammersmith, London, 1962. Creator: Brian Foskett
Louis Armstrong having haircut in Hammersmith, London, 1962

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Electric Permanent Waving Machine 1928

Electric Permanent Waving Machine 1928
A permanent electric waving machine, medusa, Serpents, exhibited at the Hairdressers Annual Exhibition. Date: 1928

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Two men with 'Kojak'hair cuts. 1975

Two men with "Kojak"hair cuts. 1975
Two men with " Kojak" hair cuts. 1975

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Two men getting 'Kojak'hair cuts. 1975

Two men getting "Kojak"hair cuts. 1975
Two men getting " Kojak" hair cuts. 1975

Background imageHairdressers Collection: A man with a 'Kojak'hair cut. 1975

A man with a "Kojak"hair cut. 1975
A man with a " Kojak" hair cut. 1975

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Vidal Sassoon Salon, Bond Street, London, Tuesday 13th August 1963

Vidal Sassoon Salon, Bond Street, London, Tuesday 13th August 1963

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Dell and Depson Hairdressers, Middlesbrough, Circa 1971

Dell and Depson Hairdressers, Middlesbrough, Circa 1971

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Art on display at Hairdressing Salon, Middlesbrough, Circa 1973

Art on display at Hairdressing Salon, Middlesbrough, Circa 1973

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Hair Fashion at Chintz Hair Salon, Newport Road, Middlesbrough, Monday 27th January 1997

Hair Fashion at Chintz Hair Salon, Newport Road, Middlesbrough, Monday 27th January 1997. Our Picture Shows... model Emma

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Saks Hairdressing, Middlesbrough, Circa 1976

Saks Hairdressing, Middlesbrough, Circa 1976

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Saks Hairdressing, Middlesbrough, Circa 1975. Our Picture Shows

Saks Hairdressing, Middlesbrough, Circa 1975. Our Picture Shows... Stylist cutting hair in street

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Julie Christie shooting nightclub scenes for her film 'Darling'

Julie Christie shooting nightclub scenes for her film "Darling"
Julie Christie shooting nightclub scenes for her film " Darling" at the Garrison Club, Hamilton Place, London. 13th November 1964

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Woman have her hair cut and curled at the hair dressers, 7th June 1962

Woman have her hair cut and curled at the hair dressers, 7th June 1962

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Hairdresser Mike Forbes is returning to the tools

Hairdresser Mike Forbes is returning to the tools after his pub venture crashed into liquidation last summer. He is leasing a shop at Station Street, Redcar. 19th October 1995

Background imageHairdressers Collection: P G Constable Bakery on the High Street in Uxbridge, London (formerly Middlesex)

P G Constable Bakery on the High Street in Uxbridge, London (formerly Middlesex). 1st August 1928

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Denise McAdam, Hairdresser, 5th July 1986. In 1986 Denise

Denise McAdam, Hairdresser, 5th July 1986. In 1986 Denises work came to the media attention when she styled the Duchess of Yorks hair for her wedding to Prince Andrew

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Southampton Players have their hair cut ahead of FA Cup final, 26th April 1976

Southampton Players have their hair cut ahead of FA Cup final, 26th April 1976. Mr Wolfs Hairdressing Salon. Jim McColliog. Jim Steele. Peter Osgood

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Children hairdressing at Selfridges. It seems to be one of the most fashionable things to

Children hairdressing at Selfridges. It seems to be one of the most fashionable things to have your childs hair cut at Selfridges because the waiting list stretches for weeks

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Anne Reid - Actress - Jul 1961 who plays a hairdresser in the TV programme

Anne Reid - Actress - Jul 1961 who plays a hairdresser in the TV programme Coronation Street

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Four Hungarian puli dog puppies with Bodri the dishmop dog in Hampstead London

Four Hungarian puli dog puppies with Bodri the dishmop dog in Hampstead London November 1969

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Employees at Messra Lever Brothers Ltd. Port Sunlight, Cheshire, are human guinea pigs

Employees at Messra Lever Brothers Ltd. Port Sunlight, Cheshire, are human guinea pigs. During the course of a day they may be required to test on themselves shaving cream, lotions, lipstick

Background imageHairdressers Collection: New Perm for Melanie with stylist Allan Soh. October 1984 P007896

New Perm for Melanie with stylist Allan Soh. October 1984 P007896

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Automatic hairstyling machine Here we see the machine in position with jackets

Automatic hairstyling machine Here we see the machine in position with jackets coupled to steam tubes. The head of the machine consists of a series of boilers which are electrically heated

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Women at the hairdressers seen here under the driers, April 1956

Women at the hairdressers seen here under the driers, April 1956

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Impey the pet of Mrs. Anita Doe who owns a Hair and Beauty Salon in Bognor Regis

Impey the pet of Mrs. Anita Doe who owns a Hair and Beauty Salon in Bognor Regis. " Impey" has a facial at the hands of Carol Smith. October 1969 Z10459-005

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Hair Salon

Hair Salon
Raymonds Knightsbridge salon, stylist Juliet Rothe with empty seat 1968

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Hairdresser at home, Lome, Togo, West Africa, Africa

Hairdresser at home, Lome, Togo, West Africa, Africa

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Ladies Hairdressing Salon, Great Western Royal Hotel, Paddington, 1930

Ladies Hairdressing Salon, Great Western Royal Hotel, Paddington, 1930
One of the services provided at the Great Western Royal Hotel was hairdressing. This ladies hairdressing salon was the height of luxury for guests to the hotel

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Olivia de Havilland, studio portrait with hands

Olivia de Havilland, studio portrait with hands
Olivia de Havilland, actress, (1916-2020) studio portrait with hairdressers and make up artists hands. Showing new, sculpted, make up and hair style

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Advertisement for Hinde's Hair Curlers, London, Birmingham

Advertisement for Hinde's Hair Curlers, London, Birmingham
Advertisement for Hinde's Hair Curlers, by Hindes, Manufacturers of Hair Brushes and Toilet Articles, London and Birmingham. Illustrated with seated and a Hinde's Hair Curler

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Advert for Emile

Advert for Emile, offering an expert Court coiffure service, including the attachment of veils and feathers. Date: 1932

Background imageHairdressers Collection: A French barber puts his male client's hair into curling papers Date: 1840

A French barber puts his male client's hair into curling papers Date: 1840

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Barber in the street, Shanghai, 1907, China, Historic, digitally restored reproduction from a 19th

Barber in the street, Shanghai, 1907, China, Historic, digitally restored reproduction from a 19th century original
1900s, 19th-century, 2 people, black, black-and-white, black-white, center, centers, centre, china, chinese, cities, city center, city centre, contemporary, copy, depiction, depictions, digital

Background imageHairdressers Collection: MS423 Coiffeuse and SN1 stool, c. 1926 (sycamore)

MS423 Coiffeuse and SN1 stool, c. 1926 (sycamore)
2650229 MS423 Coiffeuse and SN1 stool, c.1926 (sycamore) by Chareau, Pierre (1883-1950); 114x78.5x43 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Stool: 35.5cm high); Photo © Christies Images

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Two Ladies and Little Girl Before Hairdressers Shop, n. d. Creator: Hablot Knight Browne

Two Ladies and Little Girl Before Hairdressers Shop, n. d. Creator: Hablot Knight Browne
Two Ladies and Little Girl Before Hairdressers Shop, n.d

Background imageHairdressers Collection: Hairdresser, from the series 'Twelve Types of Womens Handicraft (Fujin tewaza)

Hairdresser, from the series "Twelve Types of Womens Handicraft (Fujin tewaza)
Hairdresser, from the series " Twelve Types of Womens Handicraft (Fujin tewaza juni ko)", Japan, c. 1798/99



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In the 1930s, hairdressers played a significant role in shaping people's styles and trends. From iconic figures like Cathy McGowan getting her hair cut to Lulu having her locks styled, these professionals were at the forefront of fashion. One glimpse into history takes us to the Medical Fund Hairdressing Room on Milton Road around 1910. This establishment provided not only hairstyling services but also contributed to healthcare initiatives—an interesting combination indeed. The name Vidal Sassoon immediately comes to mind when discussing influential hairdressers. His innovative techniques revolutionized the industry and left a lasting impact on hairstyling as we know it today. Another notable figure is Gwendoline Dyer, who owned a renowned hair salon that attracted clients seeking exceptional service and style. Across continents, even in France, Citroen 2CV cars could be spotted parked outside quaint little hair salons—a charming sight that added character to the streets. Hairdressers' talents extended beyond just cutting and styling; they often found themselves judging beauty pageants too. In Middlesbrough circa 1971, a local hairdresser had the honor of being one of Miss Gibraltar's judges—a testament to their expertise in enhancing beauty. Even celebrities sought out skilled hands for their glamorous looks. Olivia de Havilland posed for studio portraits showcasing her impeccable hairstyle—proof that talented they were essential partners in creating stunning visuals. Advertisements from yesteryears give us insight into popular products used by both professionals and individuals alike. Hinde's Hair Curlers caught attention with promises of luscious curls while Emile offered solutions for all your hairstyling needs. Traveling back further in time reveals an intriguing practice: French barbers putting male clients' hair into curling papers as early as 1840—a fascinating technique long forgotten but indicative of how far this craft has evolved over centuries.