Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Kabuki Zero has left the Hair Hall of Fame.

Truth be told, Kabuki Zero, has left us all.

It is with heavy heart, and tears welling in my eyes that I must report that one of our own, Kabuki Zero, aka Billy L., has died following post surgery recovery.

In the pantheon of that is made up of our friends, there are many we love, but their was only one Kabuki.  Kabuki joined the HHoF, and made a couple contributions, lots of comments, and several proclamations.

He was brilliant, he was often times moody, he was creative, he was joyous, he was funny, he could often times be biting (with his words and sometimes with his teeth), he was petulant, and he could transform himself into just about anything he wanted.

But the man I choose to remember was the man he revealed when his beloved, age, dog was dying and how he stayed with his beloved little one and expressed it in his own words.

I will miss him with all my being.

2016 really has taken too many good people.

My only comfort is that Zsa Zsa got to Heaven before him, so now he is telling to moved her ass over and make room for Kabuki.

In his honor, the blog "flag" image is Kabuki for the time being.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

If you haven't made your appointment for holiday hair, yet...

...you could be shit out of luck.  Only two driers are open and all that heat is making Norma pant like a dog.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Zsa Zsa, Dahlink

Zsa Zsa Gabor (February 6, 1917 – December 18, 2016)

This post is dedicated to Miss Normadesmond.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas in Curlers

Curlers on your head on Christmas morning?

Don't make us shame you.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Spray and Kiss


Guitarist Paul Stanley from the American rock group Kiss sprays his hair with a can of hairspray on stage at Cobo Hall in Detroit during the concert recording of Alive! on 16th May 1975. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Viola Desmond

Viola Desmond’s ambition was to set up a hairdressing business of her own. The first hurdle was training. Beauty schools in Halifax, Canada restricted Black women from admission, so she travelled to Montreal, New York and New Jersey to pursue various courses, eventually receiving a diploma from the renowned Apex College of Beauty Culture and Hairdressing in Atlantic City.

In 1937, Desmond set up Vi’s Studio of Beauty Culture in Halifax, which became a gathering place for women in the community. But her vision didn’t end there. Within a few years, she established the Desmond School of Beauty Culture, which drew students from across the country. Another venture was manufacturing and marketing Vi’s Beauty Products. She made positive inroads as both an entrepreneur and a role model in her community and was an inspiration to her clients and students alike.

But Viola Desmond was no ordinary beautician; Viola Desmond was a civil rights pioneer.

Nine years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person on a bus, Viola Desmond defied the colour barrier at a Canadian movie house.

On Nov. 8, 1946, trying to see a movie in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia’s Roseland Theatre, she was told that, because she was black, she would only be allowed to sit in the balcony.

Refusing to bow to segregation, 32-year-old Desmond took a seat on the main floor of the theatre, normally reserved for whites. When confronted by the theatre manager, she refused to move.

Desmond was arrested, jailed, and fined.

In the months following the incident, Desmond fought to have her charge reversed. Her case was taken as high as the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, and, ultimately, her appeal was dismissed in 1947.

Desmond died in 1965 at age 50.

In 2010, Desmond was granted a posthumous pardon and a public apology by the government.

In 2012, Canada Post issued a postage stamp bearing her image…

Viola Desmond Stamp
© Canada Post 2012

On December 8, 2016, it was announced that Desmond had beaten out four other finalists to be the new face of the Canadian $10 bill. Desmond will be the first woman who is not the Queen to have her face featured on Canadian currency.

We salute you, Viola Desmond, and welcome you with honours into The Hair Hall of Fame.

The Diana Wig

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Listerine: More than a Mouthwash

"Listen, wise guy," Buck says waving the coconuts in my face. ... "that bet — because what Listerine Antiseptic and massage did for me was nobody's business!"

"You've tried everything else and look at you! Are you crummy!"

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Nice Women DO Color Their Hair


Remember when rouge spelled "hussy," when lipstick meant "brazen," when nail polish branded you "common"?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

No Wet Spots! No Hot Hoses!

The new Lady Norelco Professional Home Hair Dryer gently circulates free-flowing air.

Dries your hair quickly, without hot spots or wet spots.

No hot hoses, no noisy blasts.

Plus adjustable, topple-proof hood!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Move Over, Movember

Movember’s over. Time to shave off that tache.


Unless, of course, you’re diggin’ the look.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Millie Owens Wigs and Things


Storefronts on 7th Street near Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis in the 1970s.
Photo by Mike Evangelist.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Perky Pouf

The Perky Pouf by Reggie Brooks, Burdette’s Beauty Salon, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hair by Sam McKnight

Rizzoli has published a new book by award-winning, hair stylist extraordinaire, Sam McKnight.

In “Hair,” McKnight highlights some of his most famous coifs and shares the secrets behind them, from Princess Diana’s gamine crop to Kate Moss’s rock-chick bedhead.

This cut for Diana, Princess of Wales created by McKnight, was one that women suddenly wanted - you saw it everywhere. The iconic image of "Lady Di" in a black turtleneck with short hair, resting her chin on her hands, was the Vogue magazine cover in December 1991.

She had just stopped biting her nails and was so proud of how they looked!

Kate Moss and McKnight have done 30 Vogue covers together — including this shot, by photographer Nick Knight. But there was one that almost went awry. They flew to St Barts for three days and the airline lost McKnight’s luggage with all his styling tools, so he had to improvise.

I found a spray bottle at the hotel, filled it with sea water and used that, along with a bit of backcombing, to give Kate a beachy Bardot look. You couldn’t tell and, indeed, salt sprays became a popular way of getting a beachy look a few years later!

When this picture was taken, Cindy Crawford was just about the most famous model in the world.

With this 1993 look, McKnight wanted to take her away from the all-American big hair she was known for — and she rose gamely to the challenge of this side-swept, masculine style.

Back in those days, there wasn’t anything like the number of products we have today — we used a solution of sugar and water, or even Coca-Cola, to get hair to stay put! It would have been utterly impractical in real life — you’d have wasps buzzing around — but, for shoots, it was perfect.

And if you’re in London, England from now through 12 March 2017, visit Somerset House for a major exhibition celebrating Sam McKnight's remarkable 40-year career from the late 1970s to the current day.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Date Night


A watched phone never rings.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Happy Birthday, Linda Evans

Happy 74th birthday to actress, Linda Evans, born November 18, 1942.

Best known for portraying Krystle Carrington in the 1980s TV series, Dynasty

… Linda first turned heads as Audra Barkley in the 1960s TV western, The Big Valley

Hats off to an actress whose hair still managed to look good through numerous onscreen cat fights...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Barber Parlour & Finger Nail Cutting Saloon

Now offering the following services...


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Come in the Back

"I had never had a permanent before. Never even considered getting one. In fact last Spring, when I got my first UniPerm, I'd asked Warren, my hairdresser, just to give me a style that'd be easy to take care of while traveling.

So when Warren said, 'Come in the back I'm going to give you a perm,' my knees started to shake.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It's Fun to Be Fussed Over

Whenever you need a lift, get your hair done.


That magic touch can send you flying!

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Great Straight Look


Hair So New by Clairol. The no-rinse creme rinse spray (loaded with conditioners.) 

Join the trouble shooters. Shoot in the creme rinse that stays in for THE GREAT STRAIGHT LOOK.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016