"I'm a Beautician Not a Magician". I get a kick out of todays phrases about Beauty Operators....that's what we called them Back In The Day! "Don't Worry...it will Grow Back!" I can't tell you how many times I FELT like saying that when I was a student at McBride-Davis School of Hair Design.
I felt right at home going to Beauty School. I had been giving hair cuts and perms for years....at home. Aqua Net, Dippity Do, New Dawn Color, Toni, Lilt and VO5 were staples at our house. I have to say though, giving perms at the Beauty School/Shop was a lot less messy and easier. The Shampoo Bowl sure beat hanging your head over the kitchen sink with stinky perm solutions running down your neck and over your face.
My experience had been a good face washing ordered by my Dad who disagreed with Maybelline on the amount of eye makeup and lipstick girls should wear.
As for Nails, I had no clue, and was shocked that long fingernails did not have to grow out of your fingers. You could glue them right on and paint them as red as Mae West's. Pedicure...who knew feet could be so pretty...or so ugly. Then there was Makeup Artistry. I became a Revlon, CoverGirl, Maybelline Makeup Queen. A mascara, lipstick and fake eyelash wearer. All the while remembering my Dad's words, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and pretty is as pretty does". It was a reminder to wash my face!
After receiving my 'Operators' license, I went to work for McBrides Beauty Shop. A job offered to the two top graduates from their school.
In the years that followed working as a Hairdresser was an easy hire wherever we moved in Texas.
It was in 1969-70 that the training in Wigs, Wiglets and Falls kept me in the Operator/Hair Design business when we moved to Maryland. Without a Maryland Operators License, I could not touch a hair on their Yankee head, but instead became known as the 'Wig, Wiglet and Fall Gal' from Big Hair Texas.
Oh, by the way....my hair was really, really short in 1968.
I should have had this button!