1930s Beauty Parlor - January 2017

In the picture below, you will see some of our newly acquired beauty salon artifacts. 

  • On the back wall is an ad for our "Rilling" Perm Machine
  • The ladies sit beneath our Helene Curtis "Empress" Hair Dryer
  • On the right, see our Helene Curtis Cold Wave Machine

Permanent Wave Machine

Prior to the twentieth century, a woman with straight hair who desired curls had to spend hours heating curling irons over a flame or sleep with rags and pins in her hair in order to achieve waves.

 

If she could not attain the desired result this way (or tired of the short-lived effects) she may have used false hair pieces instead.

 

But beginning in the 1920s, women born with flat locks saw new hope for attaining long-lasting curls.

 

Through the promise of science, rather daunting contraptions like this late 1930s permanent wave machine offered "permanent" results via a combination of chemicals and electrically heated clamps.


Video produced by IndianaStateMuseum


 

 

 

 

This display is located 

 

on the second floor of the

 

Dekker Huis / Zeeland Museum

 

M A I N S T R E E T