Sheffield & South Yorkshire

In pictures: The history of hairdressing

Andrew Barton Image copyright Andrew Barton
Image caption The exhibition has been co-curated by Barnsley-born hairdresser Andrew Barton

An exhibition charting the history of hairdressing since the 1950s has opened in Barnsley.

Beehives, Bobs & Blow-dries follows the changing fashions and technological developments of the past seven decades.

The exhibition at The Civic has been curated by celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton, who began his career in Barnsley, and fashion research consultant and academic Donna Bevan.

It runs from 17 February to 7 April before moving to London.

Image copyright Heritage Images/Michael Walter
Image caption Hairdressing department, Barnsley Co-op, 1957
Image copyright Honey Salvadori
Image caption A traditional hairdressers in Nottingham in 1996
Image copyright Kirstin Sinclair

The exhibition features images of hairstyles from the beehives and perms popular in the 1950s and 60s to Jennifer Aniston's 'Rachel' cut and the grunge-inspired hairdos of the 90s.

Ms Bevan said: "[Our hair] is such an important part of our lives. It's not like a piece of clothing that you can take off, you can't get changed, once someone has done your hair you are stuck with it."

Image copyright Top Foto/Ken Russell
Image caption In Your Dreams photo by Ken Russell, January 1955
Image copyright Leslie Frances Archive
Image caption Models from the Leslie Francis Salon in Barnsley taking part in a hairdressing competition in Blackpool in 1962
Image copyright Leslie Frances Archive
Image copyright Honey Salvadori
Image caption Clubber at the Bat Cave in Meard Street, Soho, in 1983
Image copyright Russell Eaton Salons

The exhibition also features examples of technological advancements that have impacted on what can be achieved both by professionals in the salon and at home, from portable hairdryers to perming machines.

Ms Bevan said another element of the show was examining the "politicisation of hair" such as in the punk era of the 1970s and the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s.

Image copyright Harry Meerson/L'Oreal
Image caption RégéColor press adverts 1955
Image copyright Wakefield Museums
Image caption Ronson Escort 2000 hairdryer

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites