Story: Personal grooming

Women's hairdresser (2nd of 2)

Women's hairdresser

In this 1976 photograph of New Plymouth salon, Renee Hairstyles, three hairdressers work on customers –  two women and a man (on left). A fourth hairdresser (perhaps an apprentice) is busy at an adjacent bench. Working as a hairdresser meant regular exposure to various chemicals and (particularly for apprentices) frequently wet hands. Dermetitis, allergies and infections were common reactions.

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Puke Ariki - Taranaki Museum & Library, Swainson/Woods Collection
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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Personal grooming - Hairstyling and hair removal', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 March 2023)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 Sep 2013