Hairdressing trainees recreate the styles of the First World War

Going back 100 years

Going back 100 years

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Hairstyles of yesteryear was the theme at the Manx Museum recently when hairdressing trainees at the Isle of Man College went head to head.

The focus was on hairstyles of World War One - which became much less elaborate than previously as more women were called on for the first time to do manual work as part of the war effort.

With women working in agriculture and in factories operating heavy machinery the older styles became impractical and shorter cuts that were easier to care for became the norm.

The trainee hairdressers from the college took part in a live styling challenge at the museum to recreate the hairstyles of the period.

With the help of archive photographs from the Manx National Heritage collection, they created the elaborate styles of the Edwardian era in the 1900s and, in contrast the styles that gained popularity with working women during the war years.

After the challenge, the students modelled the hairstyles and period clothing. Katie King of Manx National Heritage said the event helped to bring the museum’s collections to life and was a tribute to the Manx women of the First World War.

Lindsey Jackson of the college’s hair and beauty department said the students had a fantastic day.

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