Historical Beauty Hacks & COVID-19 Haircut Hack-Jobs

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, barbershops and hair salons have been closed across the country for months now. Because of this, you probably fall into one of these categories:

1.) You’re embracing the color fade & luscious locks!
2.) You’re hating the grown-out look but don’t dare do anything about it.
3.) You’ve done it. You’ve cut your hair at home and you deeply regret it.

For people in the third category, you’re probably embracing not having to see many people right now. Check out these at-home haircut fails if you’re looking for a laugh. 

From your local history publisher, we’re bringing you Historical Beauty Hacks to try in quarantine, or to laugh at (and we’ll match them with a book recommendation).

1. Beer Shampoo

We know this sounds crazy, but it’s a true vintage beauty hack. Rinsing hair with beer is an old wives’ tale that some still swear by today. After the liquid evaporates from the hair, a residue of hops and barley is left giving hair more body and weight. We also think this would make a GREAT conversation starter for the dinner table. (Kidding?) 

If you’re happy about hops, browse our beer history titles to find one local to your area. You can find the titles below here and here.

2. Perfume Your Hairbrush

Women used to spritz their hairbrushes with perfume to carry their signature scent with every hair swish. 

Have you ever spent an hour at a department store getting dizzy with scents? The current crisis puts the future of department stores at risk. Browse our department store titles to find lost, but not forgotten, department stores of the past. You can find the titles below here and here.

3. A Cold Water Classic

This last tip is from Old Hollywood star Joan Crawford. Crawford’s most famous beauty ritual happens to be 100% free: After cleansing, the actress would splash her face 25 times with cold water in order to keep her complexion looking firm and refreshed. 

If you’re intrigued by everything Hollywood, we have some really neat books to recommend. Check out two of our favorites below. You can fine them here and here.

Related: Max Factor: The Father of Modern Makeup

Looking for more historic beauty secrets? Check out some of these similar titles at arcadiapublishing.com!