Students from the Isle of Man College’s hair and beauty department stepped back in time as they recreated retro hairstyles inspired by the fashions of the 1950s and 60s.
The bathing beauty contest held in the island in the forties and fifties among other archive photographs provided the inspiration behind the Manx National Heritage’s vintage live styling challenge at the iMuseum last week.
Hairspray and Hollywood glamour filled the air as the students took on their second live styling challenge.
With rolling film clips of the Isle of Man and music of the era playing in the background, the iMuseum was soon transformed into a salon and open to visitors to come along and watch the students master the complicated hairstyles, which has formed part of their course training.
Just some of the looks created on the models were the victory roll, fifties Hollywood glamour, the beehive and pin curls. Make-up and fashions from or inspired by the era completed their looks and they were photographed in a makeshift vintage studio.
Lindsey Jackson, hair and beauty assistant programme manager for the Isle of Man College, said: ‘Our students have really enjoyed the challenge of re-creating the styles from the archive collection, but we have been using modern techniques and equipment.’
The top tips and tricks from students included backcombing and lots of hairspray. Modern techniques and equipment were key to achieving the looks including the thin and bristled backcomb brush, sponge hairpieces and straighteners. Visitors reminisced and shared their photographs, and one visitor popped along for inspiration for her 1950s themed wedding later in the year. It is hoped that next year the Isle of Man College hair and beauty students will focus upon the utilitarian hairstyles of women involved in the First World War, as part of a series of events planned by Manx National Heritage to commemorate the outbreak of the war.
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