Life In The Barber’s Shop And Salon: British Hairdressing 1918-1972
It’s all about the hair. These photographs from the 15-year-old old girl working in a barber’s shop near to London’s Waterloo Station in 1918, to Chelsea footballers having their hair whipped, to style creators Mr Teasy-Weasy and Vidal Sassoon, and Clif Reynold’s organ accompaniment in 1970s Manchester, hair defines the wearer and the age:
Chelsea stars David Webb (l) and Peter Osgood (r) pictured at Vidal Sassoon’s Belgravia Salon. The society hairstylist, an ardent Chelsea fan, promised the players a free haircut should they reach the League Cup Final. Chelsea however would go on to lose the final 2-1 to Stoke City.
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Hairdresser Paul Kelly tends to Planet of the Apes character Galen, who is one of the attractions in the children’s department of an Oxford Street store leading up to Christmas.
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Crowned with rollers is Miss United Kingdom, Marilyn Ann Ward, 22, at a West End hairdressing salon where the Miss World contestants attended in preparation for the final.
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A customer plays an electric organ as he waits for his turn in the barber’s chair at Clif Reynold’s hairdressing salon in Withington, Manchester.
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Caroline Hale, 21, from Knowle, Bristol, who started as a women’s hairdresser but changed to the men’s side of the trade.
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Wrestler Mick Mcmanus receiving a haircut from Sally Greville-Smith, Angela Gleeson and manageress Sue Piper at Fagin’s hairdressing salon in Carnaby Street, London.
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The contestants for the 1967 Miss World beauty title, photographed at a london salon having their fInal “hair do” before the contest
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Barber Fred Walker, 21, clips a customer’s hair to saxophone accompaniment at his salon in Dean Road, Scarborough. The jazz fan often attracts professional musicians to his shop and spends time practising on his tenor sax when trade is slow. Directly behind him is his music tutor Alan Walker (no relation).
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Canadian actress Beverly Adams combs the hair of her fiance, hair stylist Vidal Sassoon, at his Mayfair home. The couple plan to marry in March (1967).
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Six American women stop off at a hairdressers during a tour of London. They are part of a coach-load of 60 women who visited the Riche salon in Mayfair during their sightseeing trip.
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West Germany’s Uwe Seeler (l) looks on as teammate Heinz Hornig (r) is given a trim by a local barber at the team’s hotel
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1965: Actress Sylvia Syms says goodbye to most of her hair as Roger, of Vidal Sassoon, prepares her for her appearance as this year’s Peter Pan at the Scala theatre. The picture was taken at Grosvenor House.
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Hair stylist Vidal Sassoon, gives Air India hostess Ruby Bharucha a few hints on grooming hair at 40,000 feet, en route form London to New York where he is opening a salon.
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Mary Rahilly (centre) and Helen Richardson (right), enjoy a hair salon exclusively for the use of British European Airways staff at London Heathrow Airport.
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The Beatles, seated on chairs bearing their names, have their hair worked on by (l-r) Pattie Boyd, Tina Williams, Pru Berry and Susan Whiteman
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Miss Norma Cappagli (Miss Argentina) pictured as she enjoyed a drink beneath the hair-dryer in a London salon when she received her hairstyle for the Miss World contest.
Picture date: 7 Nov, 1960.
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Women of the Leeds Co-op hairdressing department soccer team, having their hair done before a match.
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Actress Dora Bryan has her blonde hair lightened at the French of Mayfair salon, in preparation for her starring role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at the Princes Theatre.
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Women under dryers in Hairdressers.
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Raymond Bessone, known as Mr Teasy-Weasy, the most famous celebrity hairstylist of the 1950s.
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Gunther Roeffen of West germany at work on a rinse at the hairdressing exhibition at the New Agricultural hall in central London.
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Celebrity hairdresser Raymond Bessone, also known as ‘Mr Teasy-Weasy’ at work on singer Jackie Cahill’s hair.
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Pat Kirkwood has her hair cut for ‘Peter Pan’ pantomime by hairstylist Alan Spiers.
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Pat Kirkwood has her hair washed and cut for the role in the Peter pan pantomine
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View from the inside of a Barber’s Shop in London
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Raymond deftly works on a coiffure shown in his Easter Parade of 1951 hairstyle at Care de Paris, Coventry Street, London. He calls it ‘Easter Parade’ and has miss Stella Cribe as his model.
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Although the “Queen Elizabeth” as a transport is like a floating garrison, the beauty parlours and women’s hair-dressing saloon are still in action for the servicewomen aboard. Left to right; Private Lynne Swayer, Lance-Corporal Margaret Brown, Sergt. Major Irene Collister and Private Helen Mandell.
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A fifteen year old girl works in a barber’s shop near to Waterloo Station. Women were encouraged to take on roles traditionally reserved for men, as many of the men were away fighting in the trenches.
Picture date: 14th June 1918.
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