A while ago I happened upon this lovely vintage book in a thrift shop. The Successful Hairdresser was first published in 1923 and offers “a complete course in all branches of beauty culture.” It is an absolutely fascinating look back at both standards of beauty and the science of beauty. It covers everything from oddball skin conditions, scalp problems and make up application to facial musculature and basic anatomy lessons to assist the emerging massage therapist.
I scanned a few of the images – feel free to download them (click images for a larger version) and use them in your own art. And if you do use any of the images, I’d love to see what you’ve made! Shoot me an email with your work attached and I’ll post it here.