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Artificial Hairdressing or ''Postiche''

Hair Adjucts, Wigs, Partial Wigs Switches and Falls

Spiral Bound Book Republication™

Originally published c1930!


Up for your consideration is another marvelous Dakota Prairie Treasures Spiral Bound Republication™ of our original abridged ''Artificial Hairdressing or ''Postiche'' Guide!'' Sixty-nine pages of authentic Flapper Era instructions and diagrams on how to achieve the ultra-feminine and stunningly romantic Flapper Era Beautiful Postiche Hair Piece Additions! I wonder if this information may be useful to those who repair or restore doll  (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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Why spend $100's on a book to recreate the 1920s-1930s Flapper Era hair work additions We can provide you with a DPT Republication, with the best historical and in-depth beauty operator's information, for a fraction of the cost!


This item is a great resource for those who are WWI and Flapper Era historical reenactment enthusiasts, beauticians, opera, stage and theatre hairdressers, students of historical hair care techniques and recipes, etc!


An excerpt:

'' Definition of ''Postiche'' : The young hairdresser...if he is to become a fully trained and competent hairdresser...must be instructed in the branch of hairdressing known as ''boardwork'' or postiche. The French term postiche (meaning ''added hair'')...connotes the working in human hair separated from the head and its preparation for the purposes of personal adornment...[i.e.,] artificial hair... [T]he purpose of which is not so much to cover baldness as to decorate, or to extend, prevailing coiffures, for example, coloured wigs, pincurls, eye-pieces, etc.

...the art of making postiche [has] apparently no limit to its possibilities.''



Tools Required

The bench

The Card or Hackle

Drawing Brushes

with Bristle Pattern

with Wire Pattern

Wig and Transformation Blocks and Holders

Weaving Screws and Sticks

Wig Blocks, Malleable Type

Adjustable block Holder with Vice

Telescopic and Movable Pedestal Block Holder

Twisting Machine

Sundry Tools

Large and small Pinching Irons, Pinching Irons (Square), Pinching Irons (Round), Crimping Irons for Creoling Hair, Measuring Compass, Tape Measure, Scissors, Combs, Small Hammer, Round-nosed Pliers, Curling Pegs, Pins of Various Sizes, Hairpins of Several Lengths, Narrow White Tape, Needles of Various Sizes, Thimble, Finger Shield for Blockwork, Knotting Needles, Gauze Hooks, Block-points, Beeswax, Galloons, Foundation Nets, etc., etc., etc...


The Preparation, Cleaning and Making-up of Hair Combings

Hackling, Drawing and Clubbing

Turning the Roots

Varieties of Hair

Human Hair Sources and Substitutes

Asiatic, European, White, Grey, Brown, Black, Cut, etc.,

Preparing Hair

Drawing the Hair

Preparing Curly Hair

Preparing Wavy Hair

Mixing Hair

Bleaching ''Postiche''

Dying and Tinting ''Postiche'' - Various Recipes

Ink Solutions

Bismark Powders and Nigrosin

Chestnut Dyes

Dyes Including Fustic, Logwood, Brazil Wook, Quercitron, and Catechu

For Producing a Dark Brown

How to Cover a Reddy (Reddish ) Tinge without Making it Darker

Changing Dark Red to Dark Brown or Black

To Obtain a Good Black

The Blondes

For Darker Shades, but not Dark Browns or Blacks

For Light Shades

For Ashy Shades

A Formula for Dyeing Over-bleached Hair

Darkening Already Dyed Shades

Dyeing Wigs and Transformations

Treatment of Combings

Concluding Details on Decolouring ''Postiche''

Making of Crepe-Hair, and Weaving

Frames, Pads, and Frizzettes

How to Make Switches, Pads (Pompadour Pads & Rolls), Frizzettes, Crepe-hair (also used to make theatrical beards, moustaches and covering hair frames) Transformations, Bulking Wigs, etc. via the Use of Weaving Sticks and Pegs, etc...

Some Other Uses for Half-Crepe Hair -

Weft Wigs, to bulk Marteaux, Crepons, Chignons and Switches

Methods of Weaving Hair

''The four cardinal arts of the posticheur may be classified as (a) reparation of hair; 9b) weaving hair; (c) knotting hair; (d) final dressing out of postiche

Weaving Frame

''Once-in'' Weaving

Method of Weaving

''Twice-in'' Weaving

Method of Weaving

Wig Weaving

Fly Weaving

The Uses of Hair Weft

Making-up Switches

''The main considerations in making-up a switch are: first, to produce a nice-looking, well-tapered tail; second, to obtain strength and durability; third, to ensure that the finished article is supple, so that the wearer is able to arrange it satisfactorily.''

Instructions to Make Switches

Winding Up a Switch

Two-Stem Switch

One-Stem Switch

How to Make Pin-Curls, Pin-Waves, Eye-Pieces, Puff-curls

Curling by the Paper and Pinching Mode

Bunch of Curls for Top Dressing


''The marteau is perhaps the most popular of the simpler forms of postiche. It is conceived not as a mere ornamentation like the pin-curl...but more as an article of utility...[and] may be contrived with one or two loops, or may be mounted on a back, or side, comb, or attached to a hair slide, or some other fixing device, as desired.'' (appears to be what has been otherwise named a ''fall'')

''Marteaux'' with Loops

''Marteaux'' on Combs

''Marteaux'' on Pins

''Marteaux'' on Sliders and Mechanical Fixers

(Barrettes, ''Ninon'' ''Postiche-fixe,'' ''Toupee Hook Adaptor'')

Weft Chignons on Combs

Chignons Made with Switches

Chignon of ''Marteaux''

Frame Chignon


''...extremely popular before the War [WWI, and] literally means a hidden comb, or a covered comb.''

Diamond-shaped Mesh Weft for ''Cache-Peigne'' Foundation


''another device constructed from hair weft...which is really a two-stem swathe...made up...in the for of switches...or comprise[d of] a tress...knotted on to a small piece of foundation net...''

A Torsade with Curled Ends

''an elegant design for evening wear''

Torsade with Bunch of Curls in Centre

Clips with Steel Combs for Holding ''Postiche'' Curls, etc., when Dressing Them

The Art of Wig-Making


How to Make a Single Knot

How to Make a Double Knot

The Uses of Galoon (the hair band)

How to Cover Springs

How to Make Fringes

Making a Foundation

Fringe Foundation with Galoon

Fringe Foundation without Galoon

Knotting a Fringe

Weft Fringes

Water-waving a Fringe

Finger-waving a Fringe

Finger-waving (Wet)

How to Take Creases Out of Foundations

Crepon or Papadour Fringe

A Light Frontlet or Modern Bandeau

Knotted Chignons

Method of Knotting Used

Chignon Mount, with Passees Knotted Around Edges

''Marteau'' Dressed Out, Ready for Chignon

Chignon Mount with Hair Placed in Curl Formation

Placing Finished Chignon in Position

Chignons on Variable Mounts

Chignon Mounted on Band

Chignons for Evening Wear

Chignon with Cross-over Dressing

Methods of Measuring for Transformations, Wigs, etc.

Diagram of Head Measurements

Paper Patterns

Plaster Casting and Wax Modelling

How to Deal with Misfits

How to Make Elastic Springs


Transformation Mount, Galoon and Net, Showing Hair Knotted along Edge

How to Make a Transformation with Weft Hair



Centre Parting (''Postiche'') for Ladies


Gentleman's Topet, Paper Pattern

Mount for Gentleman's Toupet

Pompadour Toupet with Narrow Front

Toupet with Hair-Lace Parting

Toupet with Hair-Lace Front

How to Knot a Crown of Net or Hair-Lace Foundation

Renewing Old Partings

Gentleman's Weft Wig

Mount for Gentleman's Weft Wig

How to Make a Weft Parting

Weft Crown, showing Direction of Weft

Gentleman's Knotted Wig

Sectional Whirl Method of Knotting Crown Piece, for Ladies' and Gentlemen's Wigs

Mounts without Galoon

Ladies' Wigs

Mounting a Lady's Wig

Lady's Weft Wig

Lady's Knotted Wigs

Boudoir ''Coiffure''

A Young Lady's Wig

How to Make a Drawn-Through Parting

New Methods in Adding Hair to ''Postiche'' and in Finishing Pin-curls and Pin-Waves

Section Divided for Adding Hair to ''Postiche''

New Method of Winding Pin-Curls

Pin-Curl Top (Old Style)

Pin-Curl Top (New Style)

Pin-curls and Wavelets

Dressing Out ''Postiche''

How to Water-wave a Transformation with All Weft Hair

How to Dress-through Parting

How to Wave a Pompadour

Water-waving ''Postiche''

To Water-wave a ''Marteau''


One can readily find similar combs, hairpins, hair nets, etc. at most any store nearby. Or, you could find them on Atomic Mall with a quick search. :)


This item's extensive information is representative of the types of beautician and hairdresser expertise of earlier feminine American and European 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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