Break Out the Curlers!

beauty and hair fashions

Beauty and Hair Fashions
by Suzanne

Do you want some nice hairstyles? This little book will help you put the curlers in the right place so you will look your best. I would like to point out that all the curlers for each style are pretty much identical, yet we have a variety of hairstyles. Of course this is long before common use of blow dryers. I remember sitting with curlers under a bonnet dryer.

The styles themselves are a bit interesting. Check out the long snake-like pony tail. I don’t recall that style ever being one that caught on. In the 1960s, I dreamed of having hair like Marlo Thomas on That Girl. In the 1970s, it was Dorothy Hamill and Farah Fawcett hair. I failed spectacularly at all of these attempts.


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  1. I well remember rollers but I don’t recall all these extremely curly styles from the early 1970s.

    The hair fashions I remember were short and helmet-like or very long and straight. To get the long, straight look it was quite common to have a friend take a steam iron to your hair. You could also get the look by using frozen orange juice cans as rollers. (Try sleeping on those puppies)

    I can see this book being of use in a place like FIT (the Fashion Institute of Technology) but not in a collection for the general public.

  2. Was there some internal stiffening structure in that “Lazy Tail?” If not, it would just hang down droopily; what’s the point of that?

    In the text about wigs, ugh — I didn’t know one used hairspray on them. Double ugh. In fact, ugh to the whole book — brings back bad memories.

    1. Doris Day wore one in an episode of the Doris Day Show filmed around this time. Only once, I think. I can see it in my head and it looked really stupid.

  3. These hairstyles were popular? If so,where? The Farrah Fawcett look was the “it” hairstyle in the latter part of the seventies,I think my hair is still damaged to this day trying to obtain that look…to get it you need a feather haircut, a curling iron and lots and lots of hairspray.

  4. Um, I still use curlers. And sometimes I sit under a soft bonnet hair dryer. Curlers make nicer curls than curling irons and you don’t risk burning your hair off either. Sleeping on curlers isn’t that hard if you have one of those buckwheat pillows.

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