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Vintage Finger Waving Instructional

Sometimes, when you’re not even looking, a treasure appears before your very eyes.  The Standard Textbook of Cosmetology, first published in 1938, is just that treasure.  You see, my mom is a bona fide beauty school dropout.  Though I’m sure her exit scene wasn’t nearly as dreamy and dramatic as Frenchie’s, (Frankie Avalon unfortunately didn’t float down from the sky and croon to her), she still has the kit and the textbook from Levittown Beauty Academy to prove it.

Since my mom’s beauty school dreams have gone to that malt shop in the sky, I get to spend hours learning beauty secrets from the original instructions!  And share them with you, of course.  I’ll be posting excerpts from the book in the coming weeks, including how to’s on pin curls, facial massaging, eyebrow arching, lip and face shapes, and informative and slightly hilarious tips on how to be a good beauty school student.

Here is the first of many gems from The Standard Textbook of Cosmetology:  Finger Waving.

Vintage Finger Wave Instructions Tutorial

Vintage Finger Wave Instructions Tutorial

Vintage Finger Wave Instructions Tutorial

Vintage Finger Wave Instructions Tutorial

Vintage Finger Wave Instructions Tutorial

Vintage Finger Wave Instructions Tutorial

So…how did you do on the test?

Let me know if you have any particular requests for posts from this book (literally all of the bases are covered – including a full anatomy lecture and hair removal!) and I’ll do my best to honor them.

And, if you are on Instagram, I just started a vintage-inspired and ultra glamorous feed that will be updated daily and will showcase both photos of glam ladies from eras past and inspired photos from glam gals today.  Style, fashion, hair, makeup, you name it.  Follow at: retroglamstyle

Bisous.

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Comments

  1. mothcaterpillar says:

    wow! it looks really impressive! great post! :-)

  2. It must have taken hours! I did try it a while back & fell at the first hurdle -I couldn’t even get the first part right, let alone trying the back. I’ll bet it was good for bingo wings though – their arms must have been knackered! Look forward to more. Cx

  3. Finger waves are so elegant.

  4. this is beautiful

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