Given Victorian women typically grew their hair long and wore it up, they occasionally had use for a ladies’ hairdresser. Sure, these hairdressers gave the women a trim now and then, but most of their work was in styling lengthy tresses for special occasions.

Readers of Regency Romance know ladies’ maids dressed the lady’s hair, styled it for supper in her own home or for an evening at the opera. Well and good enough for all ladies’ maids to be adequately versed in styling a lady’s hair.

But in America, in the 19th century, how did one become a hairdresser? Just by knowing the ways and means?

HAIR STYLIST TRAINING, AMERICAN NINETEENTH CENTURY

St. Louis Barber College trains barbers and ladies hairdressers. The Decatur Herald of Decatur, Illinois, on September 4, 1895.

St. Louis Barber College trains barbers and ladies hairdressers. The Decatur Herald of Decatur, Illinois, on September 4, 1895.

HAIR DRESSING PARLORS, SALONS, FOR LADIES

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Detroit Free Press of Detroit, Michigan, on November 7, 1880.

Hairdressing. Ladies. Updos and haircuts. Oakland Tribune of Oakland, California, on June 19, 1883

Oakland Tribune of Oakland, California, on June 19, 1883.

The New York Times of New York, New York on October 11, 1885.

The New York Times of New York, New York on October 11, 1885.

Los Angeles Herald of Los Angeles, California, on November 13, 1886.

Los Angeles Herald of Los Angeles, California, on November 13, 1886.

Chicago Daily Tribune of Chicago, Illinois on March 11, 1888.

Chicago Daily Tribune of Chicago, Illinois on March 11, 1888.

Lawrence Daily Journal of Lawrence, Kansas, on June 29, 1888.

Lawrence Daily Journal of Lawrence, Kansas, on June 29, 1888.

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San Francisco Chronicle of San Francisco, California, on March 9, 1890.

San Francisco Chronicle of San Francisco, California, on March 9, 1890.

San Francisco Chronicle of San Francisco, California, on March 9, 1890.

The Salt Lake Tribune of Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 12, 1890.

The Salt Lake Tribune of Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 12, 1890. Note the “baldness cured” and “dealer in human hair” notations. I wonder if curing baldness had anything to do with the proprietor selling the woman a wig?

Osawatomie Graphic of Osawatomie, Kansas, on June 3, 1893.

Osawatomie Graphic of Osawatomie, Kansas, on June 3, 1893. Note that this Kansas establishment (1893) is a barber and hairdresser, rolled into one, with “Ladies Hairdressing a  Specialty”.

The Black Hills Daily Times of Deadwood, South Dakota, on June 27, 1896.

The Black Hills Daily Times of Deadwood, South Dakota, on June 27, 1896. Note that this Deadwood establishment (Ideal Bath House) offers services to men and women, including Ladies’ Hairdressing.

The San Francisco Call of San Francisco, California, on July 5, 1896.

The San Francisco Call of San Francisco, California, on July 5, 1896.

Chicago Eagle of Chicago, Illinois on October 5, 1901.

Chicago Eagle of Chicago, Illinois on October 5, 1901. Note the advertisement of electric machine that dries the hair in five minutes.

The Colfax Gazette of Colfax, Washington, on December 20, 1901.

The Colfax Gazette of Colfax, Washington, on December 20, 1901.

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