Vintage Photos Of Beauty Parlors And Hair Dryers Bring Back Memories Of Mom


Whether your first memories of the beauty parlor were tagging along while your mom went to have her hair set or getting your hair and makeup done for a school dance, there’s no mistaking the familiar sight of a group of women waiting to have their hair finished while excitedly chatting away.

I always went to the salon with my mother and can practically still remember the distinct smell. She would get ‘poodle perms’ in the 1980’s. Let’s take it back even before that, check out these very vintage photos!


A woman sits under a chrome-plated hair dryer, 1928.

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Woman in Beauty Parlor, 1928


A stylist uses a freestanding dryer to blow dry a client’s hair with controlled precision at the Hairdressing Fair of Fashion in London, 1929.

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The English boxer Phil Scott is now Hairdresser in Thornton Heath / London. 18th September 1930.

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A woman tries a new hair drying machine at the Hairdressing Fashion Fair in London. Nov. 5, 1930.

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Woman in Beauty Parlor,1930

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A woman demonstrates a hair-steaming apparatus at the Hairdressing Exhibition in London, 1930.

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A woman tries out a Supreme Pedestal hairdryer at the Hairdressing Exhibition in London. Sept. 22, 1932.

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A hair salon in Moscow, Russia, 1933.

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A hair salon in Cannes, France, 1937.

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Marjorie McWeeney dries her hair with her son Mark at a hairdresser in New York, 1947.

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A woman uses a heat lamp and hairdryer made of hot glass, 1948.

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1960 in a Hair Salon

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What memories do you have of the salon back in the ’60s and ’70s? Do any of these vintage photos throw you back to a simpler time, and much more complicated machine?

My mother still goes to the salon once a week. Then she sleeps on a silk pillow so as not to ruin her hair style.



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