Beehives, Bobs & Blow-Dries: New exhibition charts history of hairdressing

Whether you're rocking long locks, a bob, bowlcut or balayage, there's nothing better than a fresh haircut. Beehives, Bobs & Blow-Dries is a new exhibition dedicated to the social history and cultural significance of hairdressing and hair technology, making its national debut at The Civic, Barnsley, in February 2018.

Through a unique collaboration between curator, renowned hair-stylist Andrew Barton and leading fashion research consultant Donna Bevan, the exhibition explores the key hair-styles and technological innovations from the mid-1940s to present day.

Charting the cultural and economic shifts which influenced now iconic hairstyles, archival photography, advertising graphics, ephemera and historical objects are taken from the archives and collections of L'Oréal, Unilever (TIGI, Toni & Guy, TRESemmé, VO5 and Brylcreem), Coty (Wella), Sassoon, Dome Hair Products, Lambeth Archives, Museumand: The National Caribbean Heritage Museum and Wakefield Museums.

From the changing nature of the salon in post-war Britain to the rise of the celebrity hairdresser in the early 1960s and the impact of Black Pride on the style choices of women across the globe, a comprehensive hair history is offered to visitors, making it a must-see for barnet-loving babes.

Beehives, Bobs & Blow-Dries runs from 17 February - 7 April 2018. For more information visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk.

Main image: Copyright Honey Salvadori

TopFoto Ken Russell

TopFoto Ken Russell

In Competition at Blackpool, Early 1960s (c) Leslie Frances Archive

In Competition at Blackpool, Early 1960s (c) Leslie Frances Archive

Batcave (c) Honey Salvadori

Batcave (c) Honey Salvadori

Robert Eaton and Karla Antcliff Smith

Robert Eaton and Karla Antcliff Smith

Beehives Bobs Blow-dries (c) Ram Shergill HR

Beehives Bobs Blow-dries (c) Ram Shergill HR

Beehives Bobs Blow-dries (c) Ram Shergill HR

Beehives Bobs Blow-dries (c) Ram Shergill HR

Heritage Images - Michael Walter

Heritage Images - Michael Walter

Welonda Salon 1974 - Courtesy Wella Archives, Coty Inc.

Welonda Salon 1974 - Courtesy Wella Archives, Coty Inc.