Thursday, December 8, 2016

Viola Desmond

Viola Desmond’s ambition was to set up a hairdressing business of her own. The first hurdle was training. Beauty schools in Halifax, Canada restricted Black women from admission, so she travelled to Montreal, New York and New Jersey to pursue various courses, eventually receiving a diploma from the renowned Apex College of Beauty Culture and Hairdressing in Atlantic City.

In 1937, Desmond set up Vi’s Studio of Beauty Culture in Halifax, which became a gathering place for women in the community. But her vision didn’t end there. Within a few years, she established the Desmond School of Beauty Culture, which drew students from across the country. Another venture was manufacturing and marketing Vi’s Beauty Products. She made positive inroads as both an entrepreneur and a role model in her community and was an inspiration to her clients and students alike.

But Viola Desmond was no ordinary beautician; Viola Desmond was a civil rights pioneer.

Nine years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person on a bus, Viola Desmond defied the colour barrier at a Canadian movie house.

On Nov. 8, 1946, trying to see a movie in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia’s Roseland Theatre, she was told that, because she was black, she would only be allowed to sit in the balcony.

Refusing to bow to segregation, 32-year-old Desmond took a seat on the main floor of the theatre, normally reserved for whites. When confronted by the theatre manager, she refused to move.

Desmond was arrested, jailed, and fined.

In the months following the incident, Desmond fought to have her charge reversed. Her case was taken as high as the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, and, ultimately, her appeal was dismissed in 1947.

Desmond died in 1965 at age 50.

In 2010, Desmond was granted a posthumous pardon and a public apology by the government.

In 2012, Canada Post issued a postage stamp bearing her image…

Viola Desmond Stamp
© Canada Post 2012

On December 8, 2016, it was announced that Desmond had beaten out four other finalists to be the new face of the Canadian $10 bill. Desmond will be the first woman who is not the Queen to have her face featured on Canadian currency.

We salute you, Viola Desmond, and welcome you with honours into The Hair Hall of Fame.

The Diana Wig

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Listerine: More than a Mouthwash

"Listen, wise guy," Buck says waving the coconuts in my face. ... "that bet — because what Listerine Antiseptic and massage did for me was nobody's business!"

"You've tried everything else and look at you! Are you crummy!"

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Nice Women DO Color Their Hair


Remember when rouge spelled "hussy," when lipstick meant "brazen," when nail polish branded you "common"?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

No Wet Spots! No Hot Hoses!

The new Lady Norelco Professional Home Hair Dryer gently circulates free-flowing air.

Dries your hair quickly, without hot spots or wet spots.

No hot hoses, no noisy blasts.

Plus adjustable, topple-proof hood!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Move Over, Movember

Movember’s over. Time to shave off that tache.


Unless, of course, you’re diggin’ the look.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Millie Owens Wigs and Things


Storefronts on 7th Street near Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis in the 1970s.
Photo by Mike Evangelist.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Perky Pouf

The Perky Pouf by Reggie Brooks, Burdette’s Beauty Salon, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hair by Sam McKnight

Rizzoli has published a new book by award-winning, hair stylist extraordinaire, Sam McKnight.

In “Hair,” McKnight highlights some of his most famous coifs and shares the secrets behind them, from Princess Diana’s gamine crop to Kate Moss’s rock-chick bedhead.

This cut for Diana, Princess of Wales created by McKnight, was one that women suddenly wanted - you saw it everywhere. The iconic image of "Lady Di" in a black turtleneck with short hair, resting her chin on her hands, was the Vogue magazine cover in December 1991.

She had just stopped biting her nails and was so proud of how they looked!

Kate Moss and McKnight have done 30 Vogue covers together — including this shot, by photographer Nick Knight. But there was one that almost went awry. They flew to St Barts for three days and the airline lost McKnight’s luggage with all his styling tools, so he had to improvise.

I found a spray bottle at the hotel, filled it with sea water and used that, along with a bit of backcombing, to give Kate a beachy Bardot look. You couldn’t tell and, indeed, salt sprays became a popular way of getting a beachy look a few years later!

When this picture was taken, Cindy Crawford was just about the most famous model in the world.

With this 1993 look, McKnight wanted to take her away from the all-American big hair she was known for — and she rose gamely to the challenge of this side-swept, masculine style.

Back in those days, there wasn’t anything like the number of products we have today — we used a solution of sugar and water, or even Coca-Cola, to get hair to stay put! It would have been utterly impractical in real life — you’d have wasps buzzing around — but, for shoots, it was perfect.

And if you’re in London, England from now through 12 March 2017, visit Somerset House for a major exhibition celebrating Sam McKnight's remarkable 40-year career from the late 1970s to the current day.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Date Night


A watched phone never rings.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Happy Birthday, Linda Evans

Happy 74th birthday to actress, Linda Evans, born November 18, 1942.

Best known for portraying Krystle Carrington in the 1980s TV series, Dynasty

… Linda first turned heads as Audra Barkley in the 1960s TV western, The Big Valley

Hats off to an actress whose hair still managed to look good through numerous onscreen cat fights...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Barber Parlour & Finger Nail Cutting Saloon

Now offering the following services...


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Come in the Back

"I had never had a permanent before. Never even considered getting one. In fact last Spring, when I got my first UniPerm, I'd asked Warren, my hairdresser, just to give me a style that'd be easy to take care of while traveling.

So when Warren said, 'Come in the back I'm going to give you a perm,' my knees started to shake.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It's Fun to Be Fussed Over

Whenever you need a lift, get your hair done.


That magic touch can send you flying!

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Great Straight Look


Hair So New by Clairol. The no-rinse creme rinse spray (loaded with conditioners.) 

Join the trouble shooters. Shoot in the creme rinse that stays in for THE GREAT STRAIGHT LOOK.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Happy Birthday, Adam Ant

Singer Adam Ant, born 3 November 1954, turns 62 today.

Hair today, gone tomorrow...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Moustache or mustache. No matter how you spell it, it's Movember.

Do your part for men's health this month. Be a man and grow one!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bob Ross's Afro

October 29th marks the 74th birth anniversary of Bob Ross and his trademark afro.

For 403 episodes of the PBS classic (The Joy of Painting) Ross softly guided the viewer through the process of painting a blank canvas — his signature ‘fro making the show as much as his deft and deliberate art skills. But it turns out it was all a lie — Ross’s hair was actually stick straight.

In an interview with NPR, his business partner, Annette Kowalski, revealed that Ross initially grew out his hair and permed it to save money on haircuts when he was fresh out of the Air Force and trying to make it as a painter. But soon, he became trapped by his look.

Before he could change it back, though, the perm became his company’s logo — Ross hated it. “He could never, ever, ever change his hair, and he was so mad about that,” Kowalski says. “He got tired of that curly hair.”

Plenty of Bob Ross videos to view here.

Ross died July 4, 1995 but his afro lives on, here at The Hair Hall of Fame.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Super Size Me!

[photographer: Lee Friedlander. 1975. Title: Dallas, Texas]

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Happy Birthday, Hillary!

Happy birthday Madam President, er, Secretary...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

This Halloween, are you a Contessa, an Empress...

...or a fungus?

Choose carefully.

BTW, the Contessa is available in our gift shop as the "Susan St. James", The Empress is available as the Morgan Fairchild, and the Candida is available at the "Pat Crowley".

Thursday, October 20, 2016