Women’s 1950s Makeup: An Overview

Following from the 1940s wartime austerity , the 1950s was a time of growth and prosperity. Many economies around the world blossomed and grew. Consumers had more spending money available and the end of rationing opened up the way for new products. New colours and makeup products appeared, and the luxury cosmetics market took off.  Read More …

Hair and Beauty Adverts from the 1950s

The advertising industry now had more power than ever before. More people were buying a television for the home and TV advertising had a meteoric rise as, one by one, the commercial channels launched throughout the decade. Print advertising didn’t suffer either, with magazines galore aimed at different consumer groups, all targeted accordingly by the Read More …

Women’s 1950s Hairstyles: An Overview

Following on from the hardship of World War II and rationing, the fifties was a time of relative prosperity. Disposable income combined with an increase in mass media encouraged the consumption of fashion.  New hair care products, including one-step colours, were designed to allow women to do their own hair easily at home – and women Read More …

Men’s Military Haircuts (1900s to date)

Men in the military are required to have short haircuts for various good reasons: they are low maintenance, practical and clean; they create a professional and unified image; the hair won’t get caught in helmets, weapons, wires or an enemy’s hands; and the field of vision is not blocked.  Since the turn of the 20th Read More …