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Life In The Barber’s Shop And Salon: British Hairdressing 1918-1972

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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. Archive-PA156118-2 Ref #: PA.10482985  Date: 02/03/1972

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.
Ref #: PA.10482985
Date: 02/03/1972

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. archive-pa173468-1 Ref #: PA.15216909  Date: 01/12/1975

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.
Ref #: PA.15216909
Date: 01/12/1975

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. Ref #: PA.18378902  Date: 09/11/1971

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.
Ref #: PA.18378902
Date: 09/11/1971

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. Archive-PA147118-1 Ref #: PA.15216916  Date: 01/09/1970

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.
Ref #: PA.15216916
Date: 01/09/1970

 

Caroline Hale, 21, from Knowle, Bristol, who started as a women's hairdresser but changed to the men's side of the trade. Archive-PA151254-1 Ref #: PA.15216915  Date: 01/05/1971

Caroline Hale, 21, from Knowle, Bristol, who started as a women’s hairdresser but changed to the men’s side of the trade.
Ref #: PA.15216915
Date: 01/05/1971

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. Ref #: PA.1204360  Date: 24/04/1970

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.
Ref #: PA.1204360
Date: 24/04/1970

The contestants for the 1967 Miss World beauty title, photographed at a london salon having their fInal "hair do" before the contest archive-F2645 Ref #: PA.4637903  Date: 15/11/1967

The contestants for the 1967 Miss World beauty title, photographed at a london salon having their fInal “hair do” before the contest
Ref #: PA.4637903
Date: 15/11/1967

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). Archive-PA128793-1 Ref #: PA.15216957  Date: 06/07/1967

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).
Ref #: PA.15216957
Date: 06/07/1967

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). Archive-PA125859-1 Ref #: PA.10488495  Date: 31/12/1966

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).
Ref #: PA.10488495
Date: 31/12/1966

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. Archive-pa124701-1 Ref #: PA.15216967  Date: 14/10/1966

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.
Ref #: PA.15216967
Date: 14/10/1966

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 Ref #: PA.2479876  Date: 14/07/1966

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
Ref #: PA.2479876
Date: 14/07/1966

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. Ref #: PA.1485408  Date: 23/11/1965

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.
Ref #: PA.1485408
Date: 23/11/1965

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. Archive-PA116756-1 Ref #: PA.10488497  Date: 27/05/1965

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.
Ref #: PA.10488497
Date: 27/05/1965

Mary Rahilly (centre) and Helen Richardson (right), enjoy a hair salon exclusively for the use of British European Airways staff at London Heathrow Airport. Archive-pa109624-1 Ref #: PA.15216966  Date: 27/04/1964

Mary Rahilly (centre) and Helen Richardson (right), enjoy a hair salon exclusively for the use of British European Airways staff at London Heathrow Airport.
Ref #: PA.15216966
Date: 27/04/1964

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 Ref #: PA.4271038  Date: 16/03/1964

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
Ref #: PA.4271038
Date: 16/03/1964

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. Ref #: PA.1551828

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.
Ref #: PA.1551828

Women of the Leeds Co-op hairdressing department soccer team, having their hair done before a match. Ref #: PA.10118194  Date: 21/06/1961

Women of the Leeds Co-op hairdressing department soccer team, having their hair done before a match.
Ref #: PA.10118194
Date: 21/06/1961

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. Ref #: PA.20479191  Date: 17/08/1962

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.
Ref #: PA.20479191
Date: 17/08/1962

Women under dryers in Hairdressers. Ref #: PA.5453831  Date: 09/04/1963

Women under dryers in Hairdressers.
Ref #: PA.5453831
Date: 09/04/1963

Raymond Bessone, known as Mr Teasy-Weasy, the most famous celebrity hairstylist of the 1950s. Ref #: PA.6138950  Date: 06/03/1959

Raymond Bessone, known as Mr Teasy-Weasy, the most famous celebrity hairstylist of the 1950s.
Ref #: PA.6138950
Date: 06/03/1959

Gunther Roeffen of West germany at work on a rinse at the hairdressing exhibition at the New Agricultural hall in central London. Ref #: PA.6927717  Date: 25/05/1959

Gunther Roeffen of West germany at work on a rinse at the hairdressing exhibition at the New Agricultural hall in central London.
Ref #: PA.6927717
Date: 25/05/1959

Celebrity hairdresser Raymond Bessone, also known as 'Mr Teasy-Weasy' at work on singer Jackie Cahill's hair. Ref #: PA.7413471  Date: 07/01/1954

Celebrity hairdresser Raymond Bessone, also known as ‘Mr Teasy-Weasy’ at work on singer Jackie Cahill’s hair.
Ref #: PA.7413471
Date: 07/01/1954

Pat Kirkwood has her hair cut for 'Peter Pan' pantomime by hairstylist Alan Spiers. Ref #: PA.6140967  Date: 10/12/1953

Pat Kirkwood has her hair cut for ‘Peter Pan’ pantomime by hairstylist Alan Spiers.
Ref #: PA.6140967
Date: 10/12/1953

Pat Kirkwood has her hair washed and cut for the role in the Peter pan pantomine Ref #: PA.6090255  Date: 10/12/1953

Pat Kirkwood has her hair washed and cut for the role in the Peter pan pantomine
Ref #: PA.6090255
Date: 10/12/1953

View from the inside of a Barber's Shop in London P72641-7 Ref #: PA.7488796  Date: 17/04/1951

View from the inside of a Barber’s Shop in London
P72641-7
Ref #: PA.7488796
Date: 17/04/1951

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. 559-archive-pa28291-3 Ref #: PA.21021010  Date: 15/03/1951

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.
559-archive-pa28291-3
Ref #: PA.21021010
Date: 15/03/1951

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. Ref #: PA.11322539  Date: 01/02/1946

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.
Ref #: PA.11322539
Date: 01/02/1946

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. Ref #: PA.4746563

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.
Ref #: PA.4746563