Your Guide to the Best Hair Styling Products and Barber Shop Supplies
Welcome to Happy Hairstyling. We are a site dedicated to helping young barbers, hairstylists, or just your average joe or gal get the information they need on barbering products. Whether that means you are just doing a little shopping around and trying to find a great electric shaver for your husband, or if you need information on creating beautiful, natural curls for your prom night, we are here to help. The common factor in all of this is of course, hair. The art of hairstyling has evolved over the years, and its a beautiful concept and very much an art form. Hair is very unique in that it is considered part of us, yet we are freely able to alter it independently. We don’t wear it, it is part of us, and proper grooming is one of the first signs that people look at when they encounter a stranger. It says a ton about who we are, and helps to display our individuality for the world to see. We think this is the core concept behind what drives so many people into this world of hairstyling, and why those who aren’t intimately involved, still appreciate the way theirs looks.
The History of Styling
For millions of years, people have worn their hair in a variety of styles. The way our ancestors wore their hair was a reflection of their culture, and of the individual themselves. As one of the oldest professions, its roots go far back, but the earliest traces can accurately be narrowed to the paleolithic era, about 30,000 years ago when women would braid theirs. Around the Bronze age, a primitive form of a razor began to be adopted amongst men, but widespread use of hairstyling tools wasn’t customary until the Greeks and Romans began adopting elaborate hairstyles to distinguish themselves and their social role.
After the fall of the Roman empire, hairstyling was reduced down to simple braiding and cuts, and this continued through the middle ages. Women allowed theirs to grow to its full length, and would cover it with handkerchiefs, and while hair cutting wasn’t uncommon, it was more for practical or religious purposes than for to serves as any kind of fashion statement. Around the 15th century however, and near the time of the renaissance, was the golden age of hairstyling. As the upper class was able to afford it, they developed sturdier razors, and even began dyeing. Wigs became extremely popular amongst both men and women, and in the royal courts, especially with the French, hairstyling became a noble art.
This is around when formal styles began to appear. One of the first hair styles was the Bedford Crop, which came about by the neoclassical movement, and men desiring shorter hair. The Bedford crop is the granddaddy of all modern day short haircuts. This was also the height of the mustache era, when men would sport all kinds of elaborate mustaches, from Dali’s and handlebars, to toothbrush, fu manchu’s and burnsides.
Around this same period of time, women began uncovering much more of their hair, and noble women would prop their hair up as high as they could, which signified power and social status. This style was known as the “pouf”, and where we get the term “poufy” from.
Most of the modern cuts and styles we see today, came about at the turn of the 20th century, and the world wars. Men preferred to look clean cut, and women began pulling theirs down. Obviously, hairstyles and shaves are extremely diverse and elaborate today, but the foundations were set in place during these early years. Technologies such as trimmers, flat irons, and rollers have opened the door to endless possibilities in terms of styles, and hair regrowth products and shampoos have helped people who normally wouldn’t be able to properly care for their hairdo, and opportunity to join in the fun.
Differences In Grooming, Gender Wars!
Just to be clear, there is a massive difference between the hairstyling for women, and the hairstyling for men. For one, the vast majority of women prefer to forgo their face completely, and try to keep their entire body clean shaven, with the exception of their scalp which is still very fashionable to maintain long. Men have a much wider range of options in terms of haircuts, but they also have to invest a lot more time to keep their shaves and styles looking good. There is laser technology today to help alleviate some of this maintenance, so waxing and shaving become less of a chore, but most men still have to shave their face regularly.
Luckily, shaving has never been easier, and there is a huge selection of electronic and safety razors available for men who want an extremely close shave. For electric shavers, this includes your choice of either foil, or rotary, or for the closest shave possible, you can opt for razors that have been developed to cut extremely close to your skin, without fear of cutting yourself. Women on the other hand, have to fight with hair colorings, curls, and straighteners. Once again however, technology has come a long way, and you can now easily create curls or flatten hair without much trouble.