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.