While celebrating our 135 anniversary this year, American Salon editors are having a blast going through the old magazines, all the way back from when the magazine was called The American Hairdresser.
Here we share with you some vintage covers and the highlights of these issues. Expect more this year as we are celebrating all year long! Also be sure you get your hands on our upcoming July issue, it’s our big anniversary issue chock full of articles documenting the industry over the years!
The American Hairdresser, May 1926
The American Hairdresser sells the Bob Chart poster featuring illustrations by staff artist Mr. Charles B. Ross showing the hottest bob styles. Posters sell for $1.00.
Hair color company Dyart takes out an ad on special paper to showcase its completely safe and revolutionary hair color product. The company boasts that Dyart needs no ammonia or peroxide treatments to make the hair receptive to the action of the dye.
An ad from William R. Strehl warns readers that the Bob is "losing its hold on the general public" and suggests they stock up on hair pieces, including the company's Bob Wave piece for adding special waves and volume.
A special article celebrates the life and career of M. Marcel, the Master of the Wave.
Highlights the Third Annual Mid-West Trade Show and Exposition produced by the Chicago and Illinois Hairdressers' Association and held at the Sherman Hotel.
The American Hairdresser April 1937
The Martin Brothers Electric Company sells their popular hair dryers called "The Turbinators".
Style advice is all about how to keep hats slanted upwards while hair is turned downwards. Beauty shots include coiffed women smoking.
An article says the benefits of styling and cutting little girls hair to be just like their mothers and sisters, will build profitable business in the long run.
Shop managers are encouraged to talk business to their beauty operators and teach them the importance of selling permanents.
An ad sells the Clark Beauty Ray Bath, "The Latest Contribution of Science to Body Moulding."
An in-depth how-to, with photos, shows the benefits of aircoloring in tinting and bleaching hair and eyebrows. The author notes that the airbrush device is so simple and proficient in operation that is threatens to revolutionize hair dyeing and hair tinting practices.
The American Hairdresser July 1941
How to create the Bouquet Back- a style for women not ready to take on the short hair trend. Pin curls up in the back and wrap around with lace and ribbon. Viola! The Bouquet Back!
Albert of Fifth Avenue, New York shares five techniques for proper pin curl placement.
Hairdresser John Zerbo shows the best way to set curls to create waves that will look ideal on women who wear glasses.
Columnist and Hairdresser Robert King explains the new technique "Shapering" a combination of shaping and tapering that is not only important for producing a great style, but the term is perfect to ease any client worries when hearing the word 'cut.'
The article "Are you a good manicurist?" notes that if you hold your instruments in a graceful manner, among other things, than yes, you are a good manicurist.
Another article notes to put brightly colored marbles in a manicure bowl as a cure for jittery girls that fidget and fuss while their other hand is soaking during a manicure.
A letter to the editor asks readers to save the tin and lead foil used in permanents to aid Britain as the proceeds from them will go toward medical supplies in England.
The American Hairdresser July 1959
Lillian Hodge McAlister of Hodge Beauty Salon in Lexington, Kentucky wins $1,000 in the Clairol National Art Contest.
Glo-Puff advertises the first temporary aerosol foam hair color.
Mascara with a roller is a hot new beauty item sold at $1.25.
To help stylists combat that hard-to-reach area on clients' neckline, turn to Neckline Curlers to ensure hair stays in place.
Miss Nan gave her coloring advice so salon owners can boost their profits such as eliminating streaks or demarcations with a cap of shade toner used as a soap cap in remaining liquid after the coloring process is complete.
Sam Benfary gives the lowdown on hair removal "where, for beauty's sake, hair just shouldn't be.”
Jose Guercia introduces Tiz's latest development in temporary hair color, seven new rinseless shades bottled in spray cans.
American Salon, January 1989
The Creative Colorist Notebook states that 1989 is the year to make money and enjoy life. This will be done by embracing Sunglitz, a service that duplicates natural sunlight effects.
Trevor Sorbie creates the "Belmum" short cut done with a razor and finishes with Sorbie Polisher.
Actor Martin Sheen surprises Peter Hantz hair show at the Whittier Hilton Hotel.
Husband/wife and hairdressers Yves and Nancy Graux are the likely candidates to continue maintaining the tresses of new First Lady Barbara Bush.
Redken and the Doyle Wilson Team present a new perm style titled Brigit from the Topiary Collection, part of Redken's Perm Art Perm Line.