Friday, December 19, 2014

Vintage Hair Show

PB Beauty Schools students came out in full force for our Annual Vintage Hair Show! We feel it's important for cosmetology students to research not only the hair styles and makeup choices of certain time periods but also the social influences that encouraged them.

Each class was asked to represent a specific decade, starting with the 20's and going up until the 70's. Along with the styling of hair and makeup we encourage the students to create costumes that also reflect their assigned era.

Ms.S's group covered the 1920's. Some of the main trends of that time are finger-waves, pin-curls and the cupids bow lip. During the roaring 20's spirits were high and money was flowing, flappers would dance the night away. The flapper was the dawning of the "independent woman". Not being afraid to show some skin and style themselves to be feminine and attractive was the true flapper way. Finger-waves have become very popular again with many modern celebrities wearing them on the red carpet. Ms.S and her students did a terrific job of recreating these classic styles!

Next up we had Ms.O's group covering the 1940's. The classic pinup girl was born. Victory rolls and red lips were all the rage. During the 1940's many women were taking over the traditional male role in society with so many men overseas aiding in the war efforts. Women stepped up to the plate by working in factories and becoming true providers for their families. But just because they were working in typically male dominated environments didn't mean they couldn't still be fabulous! We can thank the 1940's for the invention of smudge proof lipstick. Many of the men not overseas but still in the workplace would find themselves smooching on their lunch hour with all the attractive new employees.That being said, the demand for a smudge proof lipstick was in place and the supply soon followed thanks to a dermatologist's assistant named Hazel Bishop. She marketed her product with the tag line "it stays on you, not on him!"
Ms.Shana's group did a wonderful job of recreating the 1950's. The war was over and the men were home. Women found themselves gravitating to the looks of the Hollywood starlets mainly because film and television were becoming so much more mainstream. Iconic figures such as Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball, and Elizabeth Taylor, just to name a few, took to the screen and inspired women everywhere with their classic beauty and soft up swept hairstyles. Many women may have found themselves back in the kitchen but with that came only more glamor and style with the influence of Hollywood's Golden Era. Of course we can't forget the men, who seemed to of turned in the camouflage for sharply tailored suits and a fine pair of dress shoes. 

Ms. Jill's class took on the 1960's which many historians feel was a decade of true change for the country. Women and men found themselves fighting for everything that is important. Taking a stand against social issues and not being afraid to stand up for what they felt was right. Civil rights, women's rights, anti war and peace rallies were happening all over the United States from college campuses to the gates of the White House. This generation was inspired to make a difference in the world. Styles in the early 60's were very much so influenced still by the 1950's but by mid-decade it was more about comfort and freedom. Hair was being worn longer and wavy, makeup was more natural and being used to express words or images of how the individual was feeling. But as always the entertainment biz, specifically the music at this time, influenced the styling from the hair and makeup to the clothing styles and attitudes.

Ms. Karlee's seniors topped of the show by showing us the trends of the 1970's. They did a wonderful job of incorporating the hippie styling of the late 1960's with the dawn of disco in the mid 1970's. Following the civil rights movement of the 60's, the 70's were when the cosmetic world finally saw a change in product selection with makeup geared towards the beautiful ebony skin tones of African American women. Prior to that any makeup that would be worn left the skin looking dull and grey. Hair had a variety of trends from the feathered styling of Farrah Fawcett to the iconic Afro of the Jackson 5. All iconic and fantastic!

All of our students did such an amazing job on the red carpet and off! They really took this project seriously and their efforts were truly a great display of their talents!! Way to go!