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Hairstyle Design Book Illustrated Glamorous Hair 1940s
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WWII Swing Era

The Art of Hairstyle Design

Spiral Bound Book Republication™

Originally published 1946!


Up for your consideration is another marvelous Dakota Prairie Treasures Spiral Bound Republication™ of our original The Art of Hairstyle Design! 159 pages of instructions, graphs, line drawings and photos on how to achieve the ultra-feminine 40's hairstyles! Enclosed in this DPT Republication is a fine variety of styles and variations of WWII era coifs of which were all the rage in 1946! (Original is NOT for sale)

Our new line of Spiral Bound Book Republications™ oh-so-conveniently lie flat while in use!

This is a unbelievably nice touch if you have every tried to work while your hands are full of your in-progress project. As an avid reader myself my personal experience prompted my choice of spiral binding for it's ease-of-use alone. We believe you'll love it too!


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 ''Wonderfully detailed item - speedy delivery and well packaged! Many Thanks xxx''

 ''Fantastic vintage resource for theatre & swing dancing. VERY happy customer.''

 ''Very happy lovely book hope to put some old techniques into practice!''

*** Producing the best CD & Spiral Bound Book Republications for you since 1999! ***

Just in time for the Spring and Summer seasons' fresh, new looks!

Why spend $100's on a book to recreate the 40's hairstyles when DPT can provide you with a Spiral Bound Book with the best in depth information for a fraction of the cost


This item is a great resource for those who are WWII and 40's era historical reenactment enthusiasts, theatre hairdressers, students of historical hair styles, etc!

An excerpt:

''Hairstyle Designing is a Craft, which is to say it requires both artistic knowledge of how a thing will look best and the mechanical or technical ability to make it look that way. Both the art and technique of the craft are analyzed herein.

BOOK ONE of this volume outlines principles which govern design in all fields, with particular application to hairstyle designing. These fundamentals...are generally accepted laws which govern the beauty of natural and artificial shapes and structures and are the foundation of all design.

BOOK TWO presents basic mechanical principles underlying the appearance of the finished hairdress regardless of the means by which it was executed. Since these principles could not readily be conveyed to you abstractly, they are accompanied by suggestions for their application. The methods outlined in Book Two are prescribed as being representative of methods in standard use by leading exponents of hairstyle designing in this period.''


Book One

The Art of Hairstyle Design

Hairstyle Design

The Nature of Design

Principles of Design

Aims of Design

Effect of a Design

Custom Design


Your Personal Design

Principles of Design






Emotional Effect of Line

Shapes of Lines

Directions of Lines

The Line of Beauty

The Line of Action


Chapter I -Design


Chapter II -Individual Style Designing


Book Two

The Technique of Hairstyle Design


Part I - General



Relative Length

Lines of Operation

The Taper

Handling the Tools

Shaping a Strand

Selection of Strands

Shaping - Section I

Shaping - Section II

Sections III, IV and V

Relative Length


Part II - Razor Shaping

Handling the Tools

Selection of a Strand

Shaping a Strand

Shaping - Section I

Shaping - Section II

Shaping Sections III, IV and V


Honing the Razor


Part III - The Tailored Neckline

Example and Procedure

Visualizing an action Line

Potential Line Movement

Locating the One-inch Line

Influence of Section Division

Relative Section Division Selections

General Condition

Trimming the One-inch Line

Control of Hair

Progressive Length

Line of Operation


Path of Strokes

Coordination of Comb and Shears

Key Tooth of Comb

Lowly Analogy

The Tangent

Rolling Motion of Shears

Straight Out from the Head

Thickness of Comb

Vignette of Neckline

Shape of Neckline


Chapter III -Hairshaping


Chapter IV -The Finger Wave

Parts of a Wave

Position of Left Forefinger

Shadowing the Ridge

Forming the Ridge

Shifting the Fingers

Locking the Corner

Subsequent Strips

Ridge of Opposite Direction

Around the Crown

Nature of the Swirl


Chapter V -The Foundation Curl

Uniform Tension

Placement of Curl

Selection of Strands

Direction of Base

Point of Pivot

Position of Forefinger

Spiral Around Finger

Control at Finger Tips

Mainspring of a Clock

Tension as Desired

Turning to Placement

Finished Appearance


Chapter VI -Affinity of Curls to Waves

How the Wave Breaks

Combing the Curls

The Half-wave


Chapter VII -Basic Style Treatment

The Forward Curl

The Reverse Curl

The Half Wave

The Stand-up Curl

Flexibility in Combing

Basic Characteristics

Current Trends


Chapter VIII - Combing and Dressing

Flat Combing

Curl Waves

Action Combing

Static vs. Dynamic


This item's extensive information is representative of the types of hair dresser and stylist expertise of earlier feminine American culture! If you're into nostalgia like I am you will have many hours of enjoyment with this fascinating walk down history's coifing path just the way your great-grandmothers did!

What a historically educational and delightful hair art instructional piece this is!

The hairdressers of earlier times put their hands to such marvelous styles and now you can too! There are many beautiful haircut and styling choices which are sure to delight yourself or your beauty shop customers! These instructions are very clear and easy to follow and yet the experience  beauty school operator will be capable of altering as per individual needs and artistic whim.

The Spiral Bound Book Republication™ you will receive is representative of the types of handicraft expertise of earlier genteel and feminine American and European culture! If you're into nostalgia like I am you will have many hours of enjoyment recreating antique needlework items for yourself or others dear to your heart just the way your great-grandmothers did!

You will appreciate the attention taken in providing a TOP QUALITY PRODUCT that you will use for many years to come. This information has been scanned at a high resolution and electronically revamped to provide you with the very best hardcopy reproduction. Unlike other reproduction sellers this is NOT a cheap, grainy photocopy! Our Spiral Bound Republication™ has so many more advantages over the original book.


What are the benefits of our antique book Spiral Bound Book Republications™

* Our products are produced with front and back covers of heavy stock paper.

* Our products are made using the latest LaserJet printing technology meaning the ink will not smear like inferior photocopy or inkjet products do.

* Our spiral binding allows your book to lie flat during use for ease of viewing while working on your needlework projects.

* Our products do not cost a small fortune for you to obtain and enjoy.

* Every image and every page has been scanned to produce crystal clear images and you never have to deal with any crumbling old paper!

* These scans are enlarged to full-page dimensions for ease of viewing!

* You can gift these wonderful Victorian, Edwardian pattern book finds with family and friends!


Curious about the quality of this item Please contact me and I will forward an image for your own personal inspection! You will appreciate the attention we have taken in providing you with a TOP QUALITY PRODUCT that will be use for many years to come...


Check out  Dakota Prairie Treasures' current auctions for many other unique needlework CD & Spiral Bound Book Republications™ for your creative needle working pleasure!


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