In the picture below, you will see some of our newly acquired beauty salon artifacts. They were donated by a resident of Zeeland.
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
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