The narrator´s experience in hairdressing since 1950

This essay analyzes the main contents of the interview and how was the narrator´s experience in hairdressing in Madrid since 1950. Firstly I will discuss about the narrator´s life. Secondly I will assess how society influenced in trends of hairdressing. Thirdly I will examine how society ´s perception about hairdressing. Finally I will explain some anecdotes of the narrator.

Firstly I want to present the narrator. She is my grandmother and her name is Conchi. She was born in 1936, the same year that Civil War began, it was a complicated period. In fact, my grandmother began working with 13 years in different jobs, such as cleaning houses, because she needed to get money to eat. Two years later, she saw an advertisement in a newspaper about hairdressing. Moreover, in 1970 she bought a local to form their own hairdressing business. Therefore she has been dedicated to the profession of hairdressing all her life.

Society had an important role in this profession. Many young people wanted to imitate the look of famous people. In 50´s and 60´s Gina Lollobrigida was the most fashion icon. Moreover there were other incredible women like Marylyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. In the 70´s the hairstyle of Elvis Presley was successful. Other important English model marked a feminine style, Twiggy. In the 80´s it was incorporated colors like blue and pink. My grandmother said “I put it in my hair every fashionable color”. Therefore the society had an incredible influence on hairstyles.

I have found interesting to ask how society´s perception about hairdressing in that period. According to my grandmother, the society saw the profession of hairdressing like prostitution, because there were a lot of covers. She was a brave woman to begin in that kind of profession. In fact, she said: “my mother hit me; she grabbed me by the hair”. She had to fight to get a good recognition as a hairdresser. Surprisingly, she had to comb women prostitutes and women of cabaret. She told me that the hairdresser was her passion. From the 60s the hairdressing profession began to gain prestige.

Before concluding this essay, I want to present some interesting anecdotes about my grandmother like a hairdresser. In one hand, she told me that she worked in the hairdresser and she also cut hair at home. She got up at 5 am to comb an entire wedding, but she didn´t mind doing because she loved her profession. On the other hand she told me that when she was working in a hairdresser in Salamanca, she combed people with a lot of money, important people as Carmen Sevilla, and Duquesa de Tena. One day my grandmother was in a Ferrari to a party and she was excited. My grandmother was able to work with all kinds of people and she has many interesting stories.

To conclude, as we have seen society has influenced in trends, famous people marked styles and most young people wanted to imitate them. Moreover the opinion of the people about the profession of hairdresser was full of prejudices.

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Methodology Review

To conclude social research, we will see the positive aspects and the aspects that I could improve.


The topic is interesting for me because it is about the business family. The narrator of oral history is my grandmother and she is a perfect narrator, because she loves this profession. In fact, she dedicated to improve her techniques all her life.

I could have done another interview to my mother, because my mother has worked all her life in hairdresser. I could have got two different points of view about the same topic.


The information about hairdressing helped me to make the questions and it helped me to understand better some aspects about the topic. The narrator let me publish photos about her life. Also I could record the interview with a video.

For research work, I could use other sources like magazine, articles or some books.


The outline helped me to do the interview, because it´s easier if you know some aspects about the topic to make questions. I made the interview in my grandmother´s house without distractions. The interview was 30 minutes, and we could answer all questions.

I could have done the interview with more light. If I could do it again I will make the video with other technologies instead of my mobile phone.


It would have been interesting to do the interview with more narrators. We could see more points of view about the same topic.


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Additional information

Welcome to my blog! I want to show some interesting photos about hairdressing from 1920 to 1940. In these photos we can observe what kind of instruments hairdresser used in this period.


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Cultura inquieta. (2015, Sept 8). Secadores de pelo vintage desde los años 1920 a los 1940. Retrieved from cultura inquieta website: 

The interview

Hello everybody! I want introduce you some of the questions of the interview.

  • What kind of instruments hairdresser used in 1970?
  • How society thought about the profession of hairdressing in 1950?
  • How the society have influenced in the trends?
  • Gina Lollobrigida
  • In the period of 1950 hairdresser was separated for men and women?

List of topics

Welcome everyone to my blog. To carry out this oral history project, I have focused on a series of questions about hairdressing since 50´s. The questions that I have done are:

  • What kind of hairstyles have been since 1950?
  • What kind of instruments hairdresser used in 1950?
  • What styles of methodology are used in the 1950?
  • How was society’s perception about the profession of hairdressing in 1950
  • How society have influenced in the trends?
  • In 1950 women could cut the hair to men?
  • In the period of 1950 hairdresser was separated for men and women?

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History of hairdressing.

In the 50´s and 60´s the life and hair won color. The mane and bangs begin to be fashion. Gina Lollobrigida was the most beautiful woman in the world. Most of the women used the same look. Other incredible famous women were Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. The hair style of Elvis Presley was successful and was imitated by many young people, with sideburns and hair lifted upwards in the middle.

In the 70´s men used long hair, with sideburns. Women used very lengthy armed or permanent hair. Farrah Fawcett imposed a style loose and natural hair. An English model marked a feminine style: Twiggy, with her short hair and her stylized figure.

In the 80´s they could choose the color and texture as they wanted. So in the eighties slightly wavy hair is wearing. Women used big hair and they always arranged with gel. It was incorporated colors like blue or red. On the other hand they became fashionable different styles like the skinhead, punk, or gothic.

In the 90´s it was successful paraded, escalations and extensions. Beauty salons since years ago had taken the trend to work for both sexes.

The best hairdressing brands were:

  • L’Oreal (1907)
  • Clairol (1931)
  • Revlon (1932)

The history of the hairsworld (n.d)  El cabello en el siglo 20. Retrieved from the history of the hairsworl website:

Córdova, C. (2011, Oct 19). Historia del peinado y maquillaje durante el S XX. Retrieved from slideshare website:

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